Green Papaya Salad – Serves 4-6

photo 1Recipe & photo by Jana McMahon

Salad Ingredients:

1 large green papaya, peeled and grated

2 medium carrots, peeled and grated

½ cup unsalted roasted macadamia nuts, rough chopped  (or peanuts)

¼ cup rough chopped cilantro

Fried Pork Rinds, lightly crushed

Dressing Ingredients:

Juice of 3 limes ( ¼ – 1/3 cup)

2 Tbl. Fish Sauce  (I like Red Boat brand)

3 garlic cloves

1-2 red Thai chili, seeded (or to taste)  **very spicy

2 Tbl. Palm sugar (sub any granular sugar of choice)

15 mint leaves

1 kaffir lime leaf (optional)

Directions:

Salad:

Peel and grate green papaya and carrots.  I use the grate wheel of my food processor for this.

Put grated papaya and carrots into a colander to drain while you make the dressing.

Dressing:

In a food processor or high speed blender (VitaMix), start with lime, sugar and garlic.  Process until the garlic is finely ground and the sugar is dissolved.

Add the fish sauce, chili and mint leaves to the lime mixture and blend until well incorporated.

Taste.  You may need to make some adjustments while seeking a balance between sweet, salty, sour and spicy.

Remove papaya and carrot from colander to large mixing bowl.

Add the dressing and mix well.

Finish with chopped macadamia nuts and fresh cilantro.

Top with a delicious crispy piggy pork rind crumble.

Dig in.  Enjoy.