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Sweet & Spicy Green Papaya Salad That’s Raw & Vegan

Traditionally known as som tum, green papaya salad is a sweet and spicy dish in Thailand. This is typically made as a side dish, but you can eat it as your full meal if you are cleansing. It packs some heat, but you can always use fewer chiles to make it milder.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 10m


For the Salad

  • 2 c firm green papaya, peeled first and then grated
  • 1/4 c green beans, chopped
  • 1/4 c carrots, grated
  • 1/4 c cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 small Thai green or red chilis, minced
  • 1 tsp. lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp. raw agave
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Optional Toppings

  • raw cashews, chopped
  • lettuce leaves


  1. Toss the salad ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Traditionally, you mash the garlic and chilis in a mortar and pestle and then you add the lime juice. You can do this first and then add the mixture to a blender with all of the other dressing ingredients. If you don't use a mortar and pestle, you can just add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Dress the papaya salad with the dressing and mix well. Enjoy!