This spicy papaya salad is spicy (obviously!), fresh, and aromatic with a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of sweet and smoky roasted peanuts. When you are shopping for your papayas make sure you buy nice bright green ones. I know that in most instances ripe fruit is best, but in this salad we want unripe green papaya. This salad keeps well in the fridge for a few days, but I advise that you keep the peanuts separate in a sealed jar until you serve, otherwise they tend to go a bit soggy.

Spicy Papaya Salad With Smoky Roasted Peanuts [Vegan]

Cooking Time




  • 1/2 cup of raw peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (use chili powder or regular paprika if you don't have this)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 green papayas
  • 1 red chili finely chopped (remove the seeds if you want to limit the heat)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 large lime


  1. Add the peanuts to a small bowl.
  2. Add the maple syrup, smoked paprika and a pinch of salt and stir well to coat.
  3. Heat a small pan over a medium heat.
  4. Once hot pour in your peanuts and roast over a medium heat for 4 - 5 minutes, shaking them around every minute or two.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  6. Cut your papaya in half and remove the seeds with a spoon.
  7. Shred your papaya into matchstick style pieces or if you have a spiralizer spaghetti type strands are nice.
  8. Put the papaya pieces in a large bowl.
  9. Chop your herbs finely and add them to the papaya.
  10. Add the red chili.
  11. Roll the lime hard across the work surface a few times to release the juice a bit before you cut it. Squeeze the lime juice over the salad and stir well to combine.
  12. Serve with the roasted smoky peanuts sprinkled over the top.