Green Papaya Salad

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2 medium green (unripe) papayas
6 cloves garlic
6 small, Thai chili peppers, or 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed
1 tablespoon palm sugar, or brown sugar
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 2" lengths
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 head Bibb lettuce, leaves removed and washed


Peel, half lengthwise and seed the papayas.

Cut them into long, thin shreds, or shred them in a food processor and set aside.

In a large mortar, combine the garlic and chilis and pound them into bits with a pestle.

Add the sugar and fish sauce and combine with the pestle.

Add the papaya and green beans and pound for about 3 minutes to slightly crush them.

Use a spoon to scrape the sides of the mortar and rotate the mixture as you work.

Add the cherry tomatoes and pound for a minute to release some of their juices.

Stir in the peanuts and lime juice.

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