Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad with Beef Jerky

A northern Vietnamese favorite, this salad pairs crunchy strips of firm-fleshed unripe papaya with a sweet and spicy dressing. Look for green papayas at Asian markets or specialty produce markets. The flesh should be firm, not soft or mushy. This recipe comes courtesy of contributing editor Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2006).