Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad, a tangy and spicy salad made with sliced steak, fresh herbs, and a spicy garlic and ginger dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Thai Beef Salad ~ it’s in a league all by itself, with ribbons of rare steak, tons of fresh herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro, feathery slices of red onion, crunchy cukes, hot peppers, and a tangy garlic ginger dressing ~ can you resist?

Thai Beef Salad, a tangy and spicy salad made with sliced steak, fresh herbs, and a spicy garlic and ginger dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This is a salad that needs to have room to breathe…spread it out on a a big platter so you don’t crush the delicate herbs or hide that fabulous steak. The ingredients in this one of a kind salad make your mouth water just looking at them, so show them off!

The flavor lowdown~ the key elements that distinguish a Thai Beef Salad are a combination of basil, cilantro, and mint, along with lime, ginger, garlic, soy and fish sauce. Hot peppers provide an important kick of heat.

Thai Beef Salad ~ a tangy and spicy steak and herb salad with the distinctive flavors of Thailand!

I think main course salads like this are such a smart, healthy way to eat.

I go through periods where I cut carbs to drop a few pounds, and I have to say this is the ultimate way to do that. This meal is light yet exploding with flavor, believe me, you’re not missing a thing here. I do other main course salads that aren’t just piles of lettuce, too…my Nicoise Salad is loaded with tuna, beans, and eggs for a ton of protein. My Chinese Chicken Salad is another healthy but hearty salad that helps shed pounds without leaving you hungry.

Thai Beef Salad is a healthy main course salad that just explodes with flavor!

This Thai Beef Salad is a great example of a dish that might seem exotic and unapproachable for a regular family meal, but turns out to be no more trouble than any other salad. While the flavors are layered and complex, there aren’t any hard to find ingredients in here. Don’t have fish sauce? You should! It’s right there next to the soy sauce, pick some up next time you’re shopping. (You’re going to need it if you want to make my Shrimp Pad Thai)

TIP: Take your time through the produce section and choose the freshest looking herbs ~ if you’re near a farmer’s market, all the better. If you need to buy the herbs ahead of time, snip off the bottoms of their stems and put them in a glass of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator.

A vibrant and healthy Thai Beef Salad is a zesty 30 minute meal that everybody goes wild for!

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Thai Beef Salad is a healthy main course salad full of fabulous flavor and protein!

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Thai Beef Salad is a healthy main course salad full of fabulous flavor and protein!
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3.74 from 15 votes

Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad ~ it's in a league all by itself, with ribbons of rare steak, tons of fresh herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro, feathery slices of red onion, crunchy cukes, hot peppers, and a tangy garlic ginger dressing ~ can you resist?
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 331.35kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

dressing

  • 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil I used canola
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

salad

  • 1 lb top sirloin steak or any cut you like
  • vegetable oil
  • 8 large leaves of red leaf lettuce rough chopped
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers thinly sliced (don't peel)
  • about 1/2 a small red onion sliced paper thin (I used a mandolin)
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves thinly shred them if they are large
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 small hot red peppers thinly sliced, seeds and all
  • 1/3 cup peanuts chopped

Instructions

  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet or grill pan over high heat until very hot. Brush the steak lightly with oil on both sides and grill for about 3 minutes per side for rare, or until it's done the way you like it.
  • Set the steak on a plate and cover with foil, let it rest for 10 minutes. Then slice it very thinly across the grain with a sharp knife.
  • Arrange the lettuce across the bottom of a platter. Top with the cucumbers and onion slices, separating the rings as you scatter them around.
  • Next add the steak and fresh herbs. Scatter the hot pepper rings over the top, along with the peanuts.
  • Drizzle the dressing liberally over all, and serve immediately.

Cook's notes

 

  • If you like, you can marinate the steak in some of the dressing for anywhere from an hour to overnight.  In that case, double the dressing recipe.
  • Don't dress this salad until just before eating, the dressing will wilt the herbs

Nutrition

Calories: 331.35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.3g | Protein: 18.43g | Fat: 25.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.63g | Sodium: 427.41mg | Fiber: 2.06g | Sugar: 4.46g
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Thanks for my Thai Beef Salad!

 

 

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  • Reply
    Kerri
    August 3, 2022 at 7:02 am

    5 stars
    This was delicious. Definitely double the dressing and use half to marinate the steak for 6-8 hours. Added some cooked farro and that was good too. I eliminated the mint but that was just my preference.

  • Reply
    Shanel
    May 3, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    5 stars
    Loved it!! We used leftover t-bones and it was delicious. I had to double the dressing and I subbed red chili flakes for the peppers. I love the texture of the really thin onion. I used the mandolin for the cucumber as well. It was so close to our favorite Thai place.

  • Reply
    Sheila
    April 24, 2021 at 3:53 am

    I’m s single household and 6 servings is a lot for 1 person ?, can the extra servings be stored in the fridge?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 24, 2021 at 6:25 am

      Hi Sheila, I would just make a smaller salad in that case, because green salads really don’t keep well. If you don’t dress the salad, then you should be able to keep everything for a day or so.

  • Reply
    Fi
    April 26, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    5 stars
    Finally, a salad my husband will eat for dinner without asking what else there is! Made extra dressing and marinated the meat. Also used Thai basil and Thai chilis we have growing. It was absolutely delicious. Have made it several times.
    Your presentation and photography is exquisite.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 26, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Sounds like you had an amazing meal!

  • Reply
    cheri
    August 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Beautiful salad, love all the fresh herbs.

  • Reply
    Supriya Kutty
    March 9, 2017 at 2:45 am

    What a beautiful Salad this is. Thank you so much Sue for sharing this.

  • Reply
    Jai Want
    March 8, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    This sounds very delicious. Such beautiful photos- and I can’t wait to try the recipe.

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