Green Papaya Salad

      Green Papaya Salad
      Makes 4-6 servings.

      4 cloves garlic
      2 to 4 Thai bird chiles, stems removed
      2 Tbs tamarind paste
      1/4 cup lime juice
      4 Tbs fish sauce
      3 Tbs palm sugar or agave syrup
      4 cups green papaya (about one medium papaya)
      1 cup long beans (cut in 2 lengths) or other green beans
      1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
      1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
      1/2 head leaf lettuce
      1 Tbs thai basil and mint for garnish

      1. Make dressing: In mini-food processor, combine, garlic and chilies together and spin to rough chop. Add tamarind, lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Process until all ingredients are combined.
      2. Peel and cut open green papaya. Shred the papaya in a food processor. Place into a large wooden bowl. Add in beans, tomatoes and pound the ingredients with a mallet to release flavors.
      3. Toss salad with dressing and half the peanuts. Serve on a bed of leaf lettuce, Top with more peanuts and garnish with thai basil and mint.