Thai Salad

writing up this recipe is making me hungry as I’m going for Thai food tonight before a Monet painting class. The recipe was actually Green Papaya Salad in Gordan Ramsey’s ‘Ultimate Cookery Course’ but I couldn’t get papaya so I subbed it out with some mango and cantaloupe melon which worked pretty well. I served the salad with some pan fried sea bass and had a tasty cantaloupe breakfast the day after,

Serves 4


  • salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 chillis
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 mango
  • 1/3 cantaloupe melon
  • 1 shallot
  • 10g coriander leaves
  • 10g basil leaves
  • 6 tbsp peanuts


1.) Make a paste with the garlic, chilli, sugar, tamarind, fish sauce and lime.

2.) Chop the mango and melon into sticks and add to a large bowl with the dressing. Peel and finely chop the shallot and peel and add this too.

3.) Crush the peanuts and toast in a pan for a couple of minutes.

4.) Chop up the basil and coriander leaves. Add the nuts and herbs to the salad and give everything a mix.

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