Thai Papaya & Carrot Salad

Here’s another of Gordon Ramsey’s recipes from ‘Gordon Ramsey’s Ultimate Cookery Course’. I was recently watching Kitchen Nightmares and there’s now a version where it’s basically the same concept: Gordon Ramsey goes to a failing restaurant and shouts at a lot of people and it gets better, except that this time he only has one day to improve it. The show is the same length as the normal one so as a viewer I don’t really see the point of the change. Maybe Gordon just wanted to spend less time at work, I think we can all sympathise with that.

This salad flavour wise is really great but there was a bit too much sauce and next time, I would just mix it in with some rice noodles then I think it would be perfect. Also, it’s more like a starter portion as it is, I think the rice noodles would bulk it out to a light dinner.

Serves 4


  • Salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 chillies
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 large green papayas
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 carrots
  • 15g coriander
  • 15g Thai basil (or just normal basil)
  • 6 tbsp chopped peanuts


1.) Peel and grate the carrot and shallots. Add them to a large mixing bowl.

2.) Peel the papayas and cut out the seeds. Chop into small chunk and add with the carrots.

3.) Finely chop the herbs and add to the salad.

4.) In a measuring jug, add the sugar, tamarind paste and fish sauce.

5.) Peel and finely chop the garlic and finely slice the chillies. Add them to the measuring jug and give everything a whisk with a fork.

6.) Crush the peanuts and throw in the salad bowl. Pour in the dressing and mix everything. Serve.

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