Lime and Herb Infused Green Papaya Salad

A total craving for Green Papaya Salad lured me out into the cold and windy day, on the hunt for green papaya. I love my local China town – it’s always full of life, hectic, intense, full of colors, smells and hints of adventure. Then, the sun came out, and what more can you really ask for?

China Town

Fisgaard market

Red Door

Fan Tan Alley Victoria

China Town Victoria MarketMarketMarket

I found the freshest and most beautiful green papaya fruit, a deliciously sweet pineapple, fresh herbs, big juicy oranges, tangy lime fruit and dried cranberries. That’s when I knew I was fully ready to go home and create a delicious Green Papaya Salad.

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya

Green Papaya

Papaya in Julienne

Papaya in Julienne

Filets of Orange

Filets of Orange

Juicy Orange

Juicy Orange

Mint, Cilantro and Basil

Mint, Cilantro and Basil

Green Papaya Salad

1/2 green papaya

1/4 fresh sweet pineapple

1 big orange

1 bunch fresh cilantro

1 bunch fresh basil

1 bunch fresh mint

A handful of cranberries

Cut the papaya andΒ the pineappleΒ into julienne strips and cut the orange into fillets. Wash and finely chop the herbs, mix everything in a bowl. Add a handful of dried cranberries


2 lime

3-4 sps of maple syrup or agave

1 -2 cloves of garlic

some freshly grated ginger

Squeeze the lime, add maple syrup, squeeze garlic and grate some fresh ginger – mix well.

Pour the marinade over the salad and enjoy!

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

33 thoughts on “Lime and Herb Infused Green Papaya Salad

    • Thank you Shira! Yes Victoria’s China town is wonderful!
      I have been told Vancouver has a pretty amazing China Town too, but I have never managed to find my way out there – yet πŸ™‚

  1. Great post and photos. I love papaya with lime juice squeezed over it for breakfast when I’m in Hawaii, but I didn’t know about green papaya. I’ll have to look for this.

  2. That’s a must Angeline – green papaya is completely different from regular papaya, it is perfect for salads like this. I love both!
    Aahh yes papaya breakfast in Hawaii ………. I wish πŸ™‚

  3. I love visiting Chinatown too. I was there (in Toronto) on Monday night and it made me feel like I had gone on a trip. Your photos are terrific — I particularly like the red door. Your green papaya salad looks like a very unique combination of flavours, especially with the dried cranberries and mint too! This is one to try for sure.

  4. I love green papaya especially for many Philippine dishes where it is a common ingredient. Unfortunately here in Holland, I’ve been so far unsuccessful in getting the real green ones. I always get disappointed that the one I buy ends up half ripe (even if still very hard) when I peel them. There is a big difference in the taste because it is already sweet.

    Your China town is so vibrant and I am completely amazed by the many choices. In such a place I would become too greedy and would like to buy almost everything and my husband will have to remind me that maybe my eyes are getting far bigger than my stomach. πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Malou – you are right we have an amazing Chinatown and I feel very spoiled. So many delicious choices!
      Would love to learn more about the Philippine kitchen πŸ™‚

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