Papaya and Snake Bean Salad

March 05, 2011

We have been enjoying (NOT!!!) Sauna in our house since last Saturday courtesy of Mother Nature... unbelievable... At the height of summer, our airconditioner decided to go on strike!!
Our house is like an oven during daytime... and luckily , it was cooler at night...   sigh.... have to wait another week... before the technician will be available to look at the problem... 

This Papaya and Snake Bean salad came to our rescue last week... its has a tinge of sour, sweet, spicy, salty with some crunchiness, fresh and best of all ~ can be served COLD...
I'll take it as blessing in disguise... or a sign from up above... that my system needs simple food and at the same time .....detox... and while typing this... I am sweating from top to toe... so I better get out of here... ciao..

Note : I decided not to add beansprouts to the Papaya Salad... Snake beans or long beans on the right
3 cloves of garlic
2 red chillies -deseeded
10 snake beans - cut into 1 inch long
1 green papaya- using mandolin and shred into long strips
3 tomatoes - deseeded and cut into strips
1 lime or lemon juice (may need more)
3 tablespoon fish sauce
5 tablespoon dried shrimps - washed
1 handful of roasted peanuts - ground coarsely
2 tablespoon of palm sugar
1 bunch of coriander - chopped
  1. Add garlic, chillies and dried shrimp in a food processor and process into fine paste.
  2. Lightly bruise papaya and snake beans in pestle and mortar. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the tomatoes, dried shrimp paste, fish sauce, palm sugar, lime juice and salt. Add chopped coriander. Mix well.
  4. Lastly sprinkle peanuts.


  1. This is one of my most favourite things ever! I make it weekly...but I could eat it every day.

  2. Mmmm...nice! I made a similar one with green apple and mango...hope the aircond gets fixed soon.

  3. Yum! I'll bookmark this recipe for when the hot weather hits our part of the world. Thanks!

  4. I love it when people make salads out of things more than lettuce. This looks really nice!

  5. Your salad looks delicious and flavorful!

  6. Christina,
    Agreed and its addictive :)

  7. Kak Yati,
    ooohhh .... mango, love mango...
    didn't go mango crazy this year :(

  8. envierecipes,
    my pleasure to share... and happy trying :)

  9. Charissa,
    Not many Asian salad that uses lettuce, weather could be the reason... lettuce easily wilt... :)

  10. Oh no...Summer without air conditioning sucks! I think I prefer Winter to Summer.

  11. What an unique salad! I adore the string bean, and I love the idea of combining them with papaya in a salad. Excellent!

  12. definitely a nice refreshing salad!

  13. pigpigscorner,
    Me too :) I love winter

  14. Aisha Jameel,
    Thank you...
    I'll be following your blog too... once I am done replying.. :D

  15. tigerfish,
    especially on HOT days :)

  16. Oh! This salad looks tropical and so tasty :-) Beautiful pictures! Have a wonderful week ahead!

  17. Ni memang one of my favourites! Nampak sedap!! Lisa, why you live so far away.. kalo duk kat london, then boleh la I selalu pi rumah tumpang makan.. ehhe

  18. What an appetizing and refreshing salad! Hope your air conditioner gets fixed soon.

  19. Biren,
    Hopefully everything will be OK by tomorrow :)