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Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) (Vegan W/ Raw Option)

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“This is a very popular salad in Thailand. This is a vegetarian version and quite spicy. You can buy shredded green papaya but you can do this yourself as well. This is traditionally made with a large mortar and pestle but you can just use a strong spatula. Cook time is marinating time. Serve along with sticky rice. (Note: pregnant women should not eat green papaya or at least research & take caution!!!)”

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  1. If using fresh papaya peel and deseed it (use the seeds for dressing!) and then shred or cut into matchsticks. You can use a grater, spiralizer, mandolin or by hand.
  2. Mortar & pestle: Smash a clove of garlic first, add green beans & halved cherry tomatoes. Pound a few times to bruise the beans & get the juice out of the tomatoes. Add chili peppers & crush them to release the hotness. Add the green papaya, toasted peanuts, soy sauce, lime juice & sugar. Use the pestle to push the mixture up in the mortar and the spatula to push it down so that the mixture is mixed well.
  3. No M&P: Crush garlic, tomatoes, green beans, and minced chili peppers in large bowl. Fold in papaya and peanuts. Mix soy sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl and pour over salad mixing it in well.
  4. Let flavors marinate for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with basil and serve with sticky rice.

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