Thai Som Tum Recipe (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

A fresh raw papaya salad that has the right sourness from the lemon dressing and the right crunch from the toasted peanuts.

Anshu Pande
Thai Som Tum Recipe (Thai Green Papaya Salad)
1346 ratings.

Som Tum is a Green Papaya Salad which is healthy and delicious from Thailand. It is little lemony, little sweet, little fishy, little crunchy and just a little chilly.

Serve Thai Som Tum Recipe as a side dish along with Vegetarian Thai Red Curry and Steamed Rice for a weekend dinner.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Thai recipes such as

  1. Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry Recipe
  2. Thai Cucumber Relish Recipe
  3. Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Recipe

Cuisine: Thai
Course: Appetizer
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Glass Mixing Bowl
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

25 M


4 Servings


  • 5 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Dried shrimps , optional
  • 2 Fresh Red chillies
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Fish sauce , or soya sauce
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 6 Green beans (French Beans)
  • 2 cups Papaya , Unripened , shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Palm sugar , or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali)

How to make Thai Som Tum Recipe (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

  1. To begin making the Thai Som Tum recipe, take a raw papaya which is green and very crisp. You must aim for a papaya which is white in colour from inside. 

  2. Peel off its skin. Cut it into thin sticks or julienne it with a sharp knife. I have used this peeler which makes juliennes for zucchini, papaya, radish and carrots.

  3. Take some fresh beans and trim its ends and then cut them into 1 inch pieces.

  4. Take thai red birds eye chilli and chop it finely and place it in a mortar along with clove of garlic. With the help of a pestle crush it and grind it into a paste. If you don't have mortar and pestle you can use a food processor.

  5. Add the chilli garlic paste into a bowl and add some lemon juice to it. Also add fish sauce, if you are a vegetarian or don't like the smell of fish sauce you can replace it with soya sauce. Also add brown sugar or palm sugar to the lemon sauce and mix everything together. You can add dried shrimps at this stage for an authentic flavour but if you are a vegetarian you can give it a pass.

  6. Place the chopped beans in the mortar and bruise them slightly with the pestle so that the juices can run out and it can absorb the dressing better. Take tomato and scoop out its pulp using a spoon. Cut the tomato into juliennes or into cubes, as you like.

  7. Add the papaya juliennes to the dressing bowl along with beans and tomato. Toss everything together and transfer it to a serving bowl.

  8. Toss on top toasted salted peanuts. If you like you can crush the peanuts I just used them halved. Indulge in the most amazing and healthy salad from Thailand.

  9. Serve Thai Som Tum Recipe as a side dish along with Vegetarian Thai Red Curry and Steamed Rice for a weekend dinner.

Thai Som Tum Recipe (Thai Green Papaya Salad) is part of the The East Asian Recipe Contest With FreshMenu