Since starting this blog, I’ve eaten a lot of delicious Thai food. And while it would be hard for me to look back and choose just one favorite so far, I can easily recollect which dishes I tend to make over and over again. These would be, hands down, the green mango and green papaya salads. These salads are just so fresh, crisp, and vibrant tasting that I can’t get enough of them!
After eating one of each of these salads this past week, I had just enough leftover shredded mango and papaya to combine into one salad. So, combine I did to come up with this Thai-inspired green mango and papaya salad. And, oh, it was so good!
I don’t think this Thai-inspired salad is that far off from what you might expect to find in Thailand. I simply mixed the shredded mango and papaya with basil and mint, added some freshly roasted cashews, and then drizzled the typical Thai salad dressing of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chilis over top. My guess is that if this salad were found in Thailand it would have lots of extra chilis and perhaps some type of seafood accompanying it.
For me, though, this salad was absolutely perfect. It had the right amount of spice, a nice kick of sourness from the mango and lime juice, a good burst of flavor from the basil and mint, and nice creaminess from the cashews. It was so delicious, not to mention healthy, quick, and easy. It could very well be my new “go-to” salad.