Asian-Style Green Papaya Salad

Green papaya is almost flavorless and readily lends itself to an assertive dressing; for an even bolder flavor, add diced, fresh chilies to the salad. Remember that if you can't find this fruit pre-shredded, allow extra preparation time for shredding your own. An Asian-style seasoned and baked tofu adds another element of texture and flavor; if you can't find baked tofu, be sure at least to select a firm variety, even if it is unseasoned.

Author:Inspired by Vegetarian Times, 2002.07
Yield:3 to 4 servings
Prep time: 00:30


8 oz. tempeh, cubed
6 oz. asian-style baked tofu
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. tamari sauce
4 cups green papaya, shredded and firmly packed
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cups fresh mint, loosely packed, for garnish
3 tbsp. sesame seeds, for garnish
juice of one lime
3 tbsp. tamari sauce
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. vegetable oil


  1. Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry tempeh in two batches until crispy and golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Drain on paper towels and place in small bowl with 3 tbsp. soy sauce to marinate. Refrigerate to cool.
  3. Fill serving bowl with shredded green papaya and toss with diced tomatoes.
  4. To make dressing, stir together lime juice, tamari soy sauce, sugar, garlic and oil to taste. Stir until sugar dissolves. Toss papaya and tomatoes with dressing.
  5. Just before serving, toss tempeh and tofu with shredded papaya. Garnish with mint leaves and sesame seeds and serve.


Nutrition Facts

3 to 4 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat
Sodium 1600mg67%
Total Carbohydrate 28g9%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 22g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.