Thai beef salad with noodles

Mmmm - all ready to eat!
Mmmm - all ready to eat!

This recipe is ideal for the hot summer months when you want to eat something light, tasty and refreshing.

So quick and easy to make, this recipe is also very versatile as you can substitute shredded, cooked chicken or griddled prawns/shrimp for the beef if you prefer, vary the salad ingredients depending on what you have available and, of course, you could use other types of noodles if you prefer.

However, the coriander/cilantro and the dressing is what gives the salad the authentic Thai taste - blending sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours together - so are essential for making this recipe work!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Thai beef salad with noodles
Blue Dragon noodles come in convenient one-portion bundles.
Blue Dragon noodles come in convenient one-portion bundles.
The chilli dressing - here I've used dried, crushed chillies
The chilli dressing - here I've used dried, crushed chillies

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 servings


  • 125 grammes medium rice noodles
  • 250 grammes rump or sirloin steak
  • 1 small shallot, finely sliced
  • 4-5 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into fine sticks
  • 2-3 radishes, finely sliced
  • 250 grammes cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, halved,de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 handful fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, roughly torn
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely sliced or half a teaspoon of crushed dried chilliess
  • 1 handful peanuts
The ingredients ready to be assembled
The ingredients ready to be assembled
Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes
Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes

If my recipe has whetted your appetite to try more Thai cookery here's a great book to get you going.

  1. Put the noodles into a large heat-proof bowl, cover them with plenty of boiling water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes and then drain well and set aside.
  2. Heat a griddle pan or large, heavy bottomed frying pan until it is very hot, brush the steak on both sides with cooking oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your taste. Remove from the heat and cover loosely with foil so that the steak remains warm and the juices settle.
  3. To make the dressing - in a bowl, combine the fish sauce, lime juice, chillies and sugar and mix well until the sugar has dissolved
  4. Crush the peanuts roughly so that they stay nice and chunky. Quickly stir fry them without oil in a hot frying pan with a sprinkling of sugar and salt so that they become golden brown and lightly caramelised.
  5. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a bowl and mix gently with half of the dressing mix until the vegetables are well coated. Place the noodles and vegetables on a plate or serving bowl, place the steak, very thinly sliced, on top. Drizzle over the rest of the dressing mix and finally sprinkle over the crunchy peanut topping - enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Calories 1050
Calories from Fat450
% Daily Value *
Fat 50 g77%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Unsaturated fat 13 g
Carbohydrates 99 g33%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 13 g52%
Protein 63 g126%
Cholesterol 111 mg37%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks very tasty! I'm diabetic so the carbs are a little high for me but I could make this for my boys! Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley

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Suki C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain Author

Hi Kelly - thank you for your comment. I guess it's the noodles that 'up' the carb content - maybe you could try it without?

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. I've made a note of it. :)

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Suki C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain Author

Hope you enjoy it Denise :)

Paula Walker 4 years ago

Looks yummy...........will get the chef to cook this at the weekend!

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Suki C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain Author

@ Paula - hope you enjoy :)

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