Thai green papaya salad with trout

Thai green papaya salad with trout

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Serves
4

The sight of a green papaya salad takes me to two places. In one, I’m sporting black cotton fisherman’s trousers I was certain were a good purchase at the time. I have sunburn on my shoulders and I’m overlooking the turquoise waters of Kata Noi beach. In the second, I’ve been pregnant and bloated for 283 days, and am once again wearing those same trousers (this time it’s a choice determined by ease, not misguided elegance). Yet there’s no reason to reserve the tingling enzymes of green papaya for Phuket, or the very end of pregnancy (green papaya being an ingredient rumoured to help bring on labour). The brilliant thing about these slender strands of unripe fruit, muddled with Thai basil, chilli and your choice of protein (I like trout, but prawns, chicken and duck are also great) is how light you’ll feel after you’ve eaten them. Which means there’s really no reason, bar comfort, to be swathing myself in loose, low-slung cotton trousers, is there?

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg green papaya
400g cooked trout or prawns, peeled
70g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
6 spring onions, green bits shredded
400g cherry tomatoes, halved
handful fresh thai basil leaves, torn

Dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 large red chilli, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1 1/2 teaspoons palm sugar, grated
or brown muscovado sugar
4 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

Method

  1. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and stir them until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Peel the skin off the papaya carefully. Use the shredding attachment on a mandolin to grate it, or cut it into sections and place them through the shredder of a food processor. If using a mango, be sure to avoid the stone.
  3. Combine the salad ingredients with the dressing, reserving some of the peanuts to sprinkle on top.
Tags:
healthy
low carb
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