Green Papaya Salad with MATCH Mini Thai Crab Cakes

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So if you read my post yesterday, I mentioned I would continue to share what meal we enjoyed with our Thai Basil Spritzer. When I started preparing a menu, I had to think about the flavors, making sure that none overpowered the other. How can I do this if I have not had them before? Good question. Sometimes I read about the traditional recipe and the origins, then I decide what would combine with that specific dish. On other occasions, I will remember when I had the dish the last time and TRY to imagine the flavors and fly by the seat of my pants.

This is how I decided to start my menu. Before I got married, Ryan and I met up with my mother at a nice little Thai restaurant near my mom's house. The restaurant was having an anniversary and guests were allowed to choose from 3 different salads, so I decided to try the green papaya salad for the first time. Let me tell you, that was more than 3 years ago and I have been thinking about it ever since and I finally decided to try my hand at it. What does a green papaya look like? Well, green of course!

I used my handy dandy julienne slicer to slice up this bad boy.

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Did you know that papaya aids in digestion? It has papain, which is a specific enzyme that breaks up protein. I specifically require this fruit since I do not have a gall bladder to aid in my own digestion process. Nice fact of the day!

So I went about making this salad with the help of many resources, detailing the requirement of thai chilis and fish sauce, but being a vegan I had modify. I made a healthier version and its raw too! That is always a plus. And since I did not have the fish sauce aspect of the recipe I accompanied this salad with a recipe for mini "crab" cakes using MATCH vegan crab made from plant protein.

Ryan thought these were GREAT! I realized I made a mistake when making the salad y'all! Make sure you PEEL the green papaya or else it will have a small bitter flavor with each bite. I enjoyed it but Ryan noticeably was affected by the flavor and then I realized I made a mistake. Oh well, next time!

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Green Papaya Salad

serves 2

1 small green papaya, peeled outer layer and then julienned
(yielding 2 cups)
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 roma tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/4 cup crushed toasted peanuts

1 1/2 Tbsp tamarind paste
2 tsp sriracha sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 key limes, juiced
1 Tbsp palm sugar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Green Papayas are available at your local Asian Market. Buy a small one and wash and peel the green layer. Julienne the fruit until almost reaching the core. Dispose.

In a medium bowl, add julienned papaya, carrots, tomatoes and red onions. Toss until mixed well.

In a small bowl, add dressing ingredients and mix well until the palm sugar is dissolved. Add dressing to the salad and massage salad with dressing.

As far as flavor goes, this salad is combination of sweet, slighty spicy, and tangy. It can be eaten with rice noodles to offset the combination of flavors but it is optional.

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MATCH Mini Thai Crab Cakes

makes 16 mini crab cakes

1 1/4 cups MATCH "crab" meat
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh thai basil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1.5 Tbsp hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and let sit for 10 minutes for flavors to somewhat blend.

Make into 16 mini patties. Heat a non-stick skillet with 1 to 2 Tbsp of coconut oil. Cook patties for 5-7 minutes or until browned on each side.

Serve with the green Papaya salad and remember to enjoy with the Thai Basil Spritzer!

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shriya said...

Love the slicer, I love crab cakes. Gotta try it sometime. Nice recipe. Thanaks for sharing.

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

I'm curious where to find MATCH. I googled it and found the website, but are they available only online or in stores also?

Pam said...

That is a wonderful looking dish! I love crab cakes too! Enjoy!

leinana said...

That looks delicious! I love crab cakes but I've had a hard time finding Match - I think I'm going to have to order some so I can make these!

Noelle said...

Good question! MATCH can be found at select Whole Foods. There is a store locater on their website. Also, tell your local health food store you want them to start carring this product. It is so delicious!!

Biren said...

That's one tasty meal! Love the green papaya salad. I have to get one of those julienne slicer.

Jessica said...

Ohmigoodness does that look DELICIOUS!! Love crab cakes!

steff! (steff says) said...

i LOVE green papaya salad but have never tried making it at home. thanks for the inspiration!

Abby said...

I've never seen a cool julienne slicer like yours; you have inspired me to make a papaya salad of my own!

Noelle said...

I hope you get to buy one Abby! I am going to be having a giveaway soon and you might want to keep your eyes peeled!

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