There is nothing like a good bowl of refreshing salad for lunch, especially in Summers. I look out for simple and full of flavour salads, that are easy to make as making a full fledged meal in the scorching heat of summers can really be a task. So whenever I am alone or we are in a mood to eat something very light, I always opt for salads.
SOM TAM, is one of my forever favourites, as it belongs to my favourite Thai cuisine. With the perfect flavours of spicy, tangy and sweet in one, Som Tam is always a winner at the dining table.
It is light on stomach and can also be packed for your Lunch Boxes. Just make sure to pack the dressing in a separate box and mix it with the salad when you are ready to relish it.
You can find this oh-so-delicious salad on the menu of every possible Thai restaurant and it is also a popular street food. While the ingredients might differ a bit, but all are equally delicious.
So, if you are looking for a delicious and healthy Asian Salad for your everyday meals, go ahead and make this easy and incredible Som Tam Salad or Thai Green Papaya Salad. Here is the recipe of Som Tam.
What is Som Tam?
Som Tam is a simple and traditional Thai Salad that is made with the combination of raw green papaya, carrots, beans and bean sprouts. Peanuts are added in this salad, which adds a beautiful crunch to the salad along with the taste.
This delicious blend of vegetables is flavoured with a spicy soy based dressing that adds a perfect spike to it. This dressing is made with simple ingredients such as Garlic, Red Chilli, Vegetable Oil, Lime Juice, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Brown Sugar and Salt.
How to shred papaya for Som Tam?
You can use a knife to shred the Papaya. All you have to do is make long cuts in the raw papaya flesh, thinly slice the top layer into the bowl until all the papaya is shredded.
But it can be a difficult job to shred papaya like this, if you don’t have practise. Therefore, you can use a large size grater to shred the papaya.
How to eat Som Tam?
Traditionally, Thai Som Tam is eaten with sticky rice. Take a ball of sticky rice, make a slight indent with your thumb, and use it to pinch or scoop up the papaya salad.
Som Tam is a flavourful salad that can be eaten on its own for a light meal. You can even serve it as a side dish with your Thai meals. This salad also makes for a great snack or quick bite to eat between your meals or whenever the hunger strikes.
How to store Green Papaya Salad?
You can keep this delicious Green Papaya Salad in refrigerator stored in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.
Som Tam Salad Recipe
Som Tam Salad Recipe
- Raw papaya - 1 and 1/2 cup Julienne
- Carrot - 1/2 cup Julienne
- Bean sprouts - 1/2 cup
- French beans - 5-6 Cut into small pieces
- Roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup
- Coriander - 2 tbsp Chopped
- For the dressing
- Olive oil - 2 tbsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
- Soy sauce - 2 tsp
- Fish sauce - 1 tsp
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Garlic - 1/2 tsp grated
- Red chili - 1 Chopped
- Salt to taste
- Mix raw papaya, carrot, bean sprouts and french beans in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix the ingredients for the dressing.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
- Transfer the salad in a serving bowl.
- Sprinkle the roasted peanuts and coriander on top.
- Serve immediately.