This dressing is fantastic. Absolutely what I remember from Thailand. I omitted the shrimp and pork, and I ended up using red cabbage with some grated carrot instead of the green papaya, but the bottom line is that the recipe for fish sauce dressing is outstanding. The salad was gorgeous and delicious. I encourage people to try this recipe, even if you can't find green papaya-- as long as you have the dressing, herbs, and peanuts, the flavor will still resonate Thai.
A great salad we've been making for years! A cuisinart or box shredder makes short work of the papaya - lovely thin shreds are the best. We serve as a first course & usually omit any meat. Green papaya can be found at most Asian markets. This recipe would also work with shredded cabbage & Romaine. Add dressing just before serving as it wilts the shreds pretty fast.