Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thai-style chayote salad

When I went on hiatus over the start of the new year I promised a new green papaya salad when I returned. Well, here it is. I've said before that I haven't located a place to get green papaya here in DC. But I substitute chayote squash (pictured above) and it's pretty much exactly the same result.
The dressing for the salad pretty much consumed my fish sauce, my plain old canola oil, a large jalapeno (seeded and chopped, thank you very much), and lime juice. All in all it tastes darn good. This is really good, if you're of a mind to want it.

Thai-style chayote salad
2 chayote squash
½ small onion, very finely diced
1 large jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 medium tomato, finely diced
3 Tbs fish sauce (nam pla)
2 Tbs canola oil (or other neutral oil)
1 ½ Tbs chili/garlic sauce
2 large cloves garlic (minced or pressed)
for garnish: chopped peanuts or roasted sunflower seeds
Peel the squash (there's some craggy part you'll need to deal with). Cut it in half and clean it up a bit more with your peeler. Use a grapefruit spoon to scrape out the center portion and then julienne them using your mandoline. Toss in a big bowl with the onion, jalapeno and tomato.
Mix the dressing in a separate bowl, then toss it all together. Top with the nuts when serving. It's good to let this steep in the fridge for a while.


Aarthi said...

awesome recipe...Thanks for posting


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I never heard of chayote squash - got to look out for it - love the sound of the dressing ingredients.

Mary said...

It sounds delicious, Stephen. I can get green papaya in one of our local Asian markets. Your dressing sounds delightful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Angie's Recipes said...

Love Thai cuisine. The salad sounds really refreshing and tasty.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Thai style? now that is what I am talking about. so creative and I love the dressing

Shaheen said...

I've never had a chayote, its not readily availalbe in the supermarkets in the U.K, but shuld I ever see one. I shall make a point of picking it up to try. I like Thai flavours and I like salad. I think this would be a winner for me.

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