Begin with the dressing. In a small bowl add all ingredients and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Taste and adjust seasoning before serving.
Make the salad by combining the papaya, bean sprouts, cucumber, onion, and red chile in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and mix well. Mound onto a platter, garnish with cilantro leaves, and surround with bibb lettuce leaves.
Edited: October 15th, 2009