Simply Delectable Thai-Style Beef Salad
When the lightness of a salad meets the heartiness of a steak
A perfectly seasoned grilled steak garnished with cilantro sits atop a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce, chilled cucumbers, tangy garden fresh tomatoes, carrots and red onions drizzled with a mouth-watering chili and lime dressing. When I first discovered this entree while perusing the menu at my favorite Thai restaurant, I was most intrigued. The meat lover in me was delighted that finally there was a salad worthy of my attention. A few bites and I was hooked. I knew I had to have it more often than my poor wallet could afford. It took awhile for me to get the flavors just right, but now this has become a staple in my household.
photo by chibikitty
What you'll need
1 lb lean thick cut steak
head of iceberg lettuce
1 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp minced garlic
2-3 thai chiles finely sliced
1 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
Quality ingredients for a quality salad
Can be substituted for fresh Thai chiles to give your salad dressing that extra kick
If Thai chilis are not available in your neck of the woods, have no fear! Thai chilis are relatively easy to grow and do well in a container.
- Season steak and grill to medium rare
- While steak is resting, chop vegetables into a large salad bowl and prepare the dressing
For the Dressing
- Squeeze juice of limes into a small mixing bowl
- Mix the brown sugar in with the warm water until it dissolves
- Add soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro and chiles into the lime juice
- Mix in the sugar water slowly - you can adjust the amount of sugar more or less to taste
Putting it all together
- Slice up the steak into thin slices. You can either serve it up as one big salad or leave it separate for each individual to build their own salad.
- Top salad with fresh cilantro.
This salad is pretty substantial on it's own, but also goes great piled up on top of rice noodles and garnished with chopped fried spring rolls.
Serving your salad in style
I do so love whimsical bowls like this one!
I hope you enjoy the recipe! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.