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Som tam-style salad with swede and Thai dressing


20 mins

Pretty Easy

Som tam, a salad made with green papaya, is a really popular dish in Thailand. I don’t know any Thai who could live without it. When I first came to England, I lived in Jersey for a while and there was only one shop on the island that sold Asian produce. Green papaya had to be ordered in (it would take around a month to arrive!) and was really expensive, so I started experimenting with local produce. After a bit of trial and error, I found that swede worked a treat in this dish. If you are feeling adventurous, chop up a packet of lightly smoked salmon and add it to the mix.




  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 1⁄2 swede (about 125g/4oz), peeled and shredded

  • 1 green apple, shredded

  • 1⁄4 spring cabbage, shredded

  • 1⁄2 cucumber, cored and thinly sliced

  • 1⁄2 green pepper, sliced

  • 1⁄2 red pepper, sliced

  • 1 red onion, sliced

  • Bunch of mint, chopped

  • Bunch of coriander, chopped

  • For the dressing

  • 3 red chillies, very finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (for a vegetarian recipe: use 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon light soy sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar


  1. First make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients for it in a small bowl.
  2. Put all the remaining ingredients in a salad bowl, pour over the dressing, mix well and serve.


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