I figured it out!
I figured out how to spiralize a papaya.
And you have my trip to Thailand to thank – it motivated me to find a way to recreate this dish with the Inspiralizer.
YES. That’s right, with a little maneuvering and careful spiralizing, you can make papaya noodles with the Inspiralizer!
To spiralize a papaya,
- peel it
- slice it in half
- scoop out as many seeds as possible
- spiralize each half, loading the thinner end of the papaya on the spikes of the handle, doing your best to keep it centered
You’ll get gorgeous papaya spirals that work fabulously in this Som Tam, which is Papaya Salad. I had a Papaya Salad every single day while we were in Thailand. It was so refreshing,especially since while we were there it was above 90 degrees (although it felt like 115 degrees) every day.
Som Tam can also be served with dried shrimp, but I didn’t like the taste of dried shrimp, so, because this is my blog, I omitted it – but if you like dried shrimp, just add it in at the end and toss together.
Tomorrow, I’m sharing my favorite dish we had while in Chiang Mai: Kao Soi Gai – a Northern Thailand specialty, mainly found in Chiang Mai. It’s a curry noodle bowl with chicken and it was by far my favorite, with the Papaya Salad in the #2 post.
After that, we’re done with the Thai-inspired dishes for a while, so I hope you’ve enjoyed!
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 5 points
*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.
Spiralized Som Tam (Thai Papaya Salad)
- 1 green papaya peeled and halved, seeds scooped out
- 6 Thai red chilis
- 4 clove of peeled garlic
- 1 cup green beans cut into 1” pieces
- 2 limes juiced
- 4 tablespoon fish sauce
- 4 small vine tomatoes chopped or sliced
- 4 tablespoons roasted peanuts
- Spiralize each papaya halve using Blade D. Set aside.
- Using a mortar and pestle (or something similar), mash the garlic. Add chilli and mash together. Add the green beans and gently mash, just to break the beans open. Add the peanuts and mash lightly again, just to crush the peanuts and break them up.
- Add the fish sauce and the lime juice to the mortar and toss to combine using a spoon.
- In a large bowl, add the spiralized papaya and tomatoes. Pour over the mixture from the mortar and pestle and toss to combine well. Lightly mash the papaya just to soften it and let the flavors absorb.