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Grilled Shrimp with Green Papaya and Mango Salad


Grilled Shrimp with Green Papaya and Mango Salad

Vietnamese Dressing:

1/2 teaspoon garlic-chili paste
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro stems


1 green papaya, julienned
1 green mango, julienned
1/2 jicama, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Fresh mint, roughly chopped
Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 thai bird chile, sliced (optional)


16 jumbo shrimp
salt and pepper
Wooden skewers


Toss together the julienned papaya, mango, carrots, jicama and herbs in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients of the dressing together and set aside.

Place the shrimp on wooden skewers. Four per person. Season with salt and pepper and grill, about 2 minutes on each side.

While the shrimp are grilling pour the dressing over the salad and toss together. Dress on a platter and generously sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Place the grilled shrimp skewers on top and serve. Lime wedges on the side.

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30 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Mai

    I am a Vietnamese and I must say that this dish looks so good and I have no doubt that Zen Chef’s grilled shrimp with green mango salad is lip-smackingly good.

  2. NYMY

    I love Vietnamese green papaya salad, but I think Thai also has this dish, or maybe they used mango. I am not sure. Either way, this is a light and funny post and I love it. Thanks Zen Chef.

  3. You are bringing some of my favorite bloggers onto here Bee! Love this recipe Zen. I am already tasting a forkful, followed by the most delicious white wine my imagination can summon.

  4. Reni

    The pictures are very appetizing, and the descriptions are very mouth watering, makes my imaginations go wild and in turn my stomach growls eventhough I’ve already had my lunch.. :) Bravo Zen and Bee !!!

  5. gosh! delicious..stomach was growling as i was reading..just have to figure out how to get green papaya here in dublin..hmmm

  6. Ce'nedra

    Ohhhh this looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe Zen and thank you Bee for notifying us of Zen -another foodie blog to add to my favourites! :)

  7. Grace F

    I agree with Eating365! I could eat grilled shrimp and papaya salad every day!! Where were you for Mother’s Day??! I would certainly have forced this recipe on my hubby for my Mother’s Day lunch AND maybe dinner. :)

  8. Kerrie

    I have a question, I am cooking blind here. I have never eaten Green Papaya Salad before, so I have no idea how a green papaya should taste. By itself the papaya was tasteless. Is that how it is supposed to be? Same question for the green mango, which I did not include in my salad tonight, but may in the future.

    The salad was really great, just want to know if I am missing some other flavor.


    • You are right about green papayas. It’s the fresh organic taste that the salad should provide. If you have the green mango, you’d a get fuller bolder zingy sour taste.

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