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Have You Tried a Thai Green Paw Paw Salad?

It’s that time of the year again in Australia where it’s meant to be spring, but it feels like summer, so I am really dreading the summer time! In order to not be affected by the heat so much in summer, it is best to start losing some of your winter weight now before the real heat sets in.

Salads are a great way to lose weight quickly; they are light, so you don’t feel heavy and tired after you eat — and are cooling. One of my all-time favorite salads is the Thai green paw paw salad.

Growing up in Darwin, going to the weekly markets and buying a paw paw salad was a treat for all of us. My parents would only buy two so we’d have to share, and when something tastes this good, it’s hard to share. We would all scoff as much as we could before the other could get it.

For me, this is the perfect salad for a hot climate — even if there is chili in it.

The mixture of sweet, sour, and hot dances on your taste buds, and combine that with crunchy peanuts and small amounts of tomato, and there is nothing more perfect to eat.

After leaving Darwin, I had to learn to make this salad on my own. Aside from being utterly delicious, it’s very healthy; the salad is free from saturated fat, is a source of protein, and is rich in vitamin C due to the green paw paw.

Here is a recipe from ABC Darwin that I used, and it is spot on to how they make it in Darwin. However, I have never eaten it with snake beans.

In Darwin at the markets you can buy lots of fresh grown local produce. (Image:
In Darwin, at the markets you can buy lots of fresh grown local produce. (Image: GeoWombats via Compfight cc)


  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1-3 chilies, chopped — remember the smaller the chili, the hotter
  • 2 tbsp of roasted peanuts
  • 2 snake beans, cut to 4 cm lengths
  • 2 cups of green pawpaw yielded from 1 small, firm fruit
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or dice 1 large tomato
  • 2-3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp palm or raw sugar


As you crush and pound, use a spoon to lift and mix ingredients from the base of the mortar.

  1. Add garlic and chili, and smash to a rough paste.
  2. Add peanuts and crush until they are chunky, not a paste.
  3. Add sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce, and LIGHTLY pound and mix well.
  4. Add pawpaw, beans, and tomato, and LIGHTLY bruise and mix together.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as required.

So if you haven’t tried this, I suggest you do. I have made this for numerous people and made them Thai paw paw salad lovers.

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Wilma Oakes
When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.

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