Green Papaya Salad- YUMMY

For lunch today we are having green papaya salad- this is my recipe, but there are many others on the web. I've tweaked the ingredients to make it best for my family. I've listed optional ingredients at the bottom of the recipe- but you could really add anything you like.

Delicious Green Papaya Salad

4 TBS fish sauce (I use Three Crabs brand, because it uses anchovies only);
1/4 cup water;
2 TBS lime juice;
1 TBS rice vinegar;
1 1/2 Tsp honey;
2 tsp granulated sugar;
1/8 cup coconut water (I use coconut water with pineapple);

Cut in matchstick julienne:
2 carrots (medium size)-
1 green Asian papaya (I use the very large papayas at Trader Joes)-
3 green onions-
1/2 cup daikon radish-
1 cucumber-
10 mint leaves cut in ribbons (basically julienne across the leaf)-
5 large basil leaves, or 10 small, cut in ribbons-

mint leaves or flowers for garnish
Optional items-
bean sprouts-
julienne of green mango-
julienne of apples-
julienne of pears-
julienne of jicama-
bean spouts


Mix all ingredients for dressing in small microwaveable bowl- do NOT boil, but heat enough for the sugar to completely dissolve. Cool

Mix all salad ingredients except for garnish. Pour sauce over salad. Toss gently. Garnish with mint leaves, basil leaves (as in picture) and/or edible flowers.