Thai Beef Salad

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The enticing aroma of Thai Beef Salad owes its appeal to a special dressing you make from fresh ingredients. Feel free to substitute flavors you like for ones that are too spicy or cause allergies.

That’s the excitement of an Asian salad! There’s so much the cook can do to personalize the ingredients without losing the zest of a fresh, tempting meal.

#ThaiBeefSalad - Grilled steak is served on a bed of spiral cucumber, romaine lettuce, carrots, cilantro with fresh mint and tossed in a flavorful lime juice dressing in this authentic Thai Beef Salad.

If you’re like me, Thai Beef Salad is a common meal at the table no matter what the season. Of course, a cool salad is always a treat when the weather is hot.

Perhaps the delicious chili-enhanced dressing brings about its popularity during the winter. A delightful burst of just-right heat adds a special zing to each bite.

Thai Beef Salad

An additional bonus for this recipe is the opportunity to enjoy quality beef regardless of its price! Just a half-pound of steak satisfies the craving for beef of two people.

The most important part is cooking the meat to please each person. Some people like their meat medium rare and insist any other result ruins the taste.

The opposite end of the spectrum is the family member who only wants beef when it is well done and casts it aside if it’s not. Beef is a special part of this salad so take the time to please everyone, especially since this is just a recipe for two.

Thai Beef Salad

Fresh coriander is available at quite a few grocery stores and specialty shops. It may even grow in your herb garden. Also referred to as cilantro, it’s a welcome addition to Mexican foods.

Either name is correct for this leafy green herb. Do not exchange the fresh stems and leaves in this recipe with dried leaves or seeds that deliver a different texture and flavor.

Other Asian recipes:

Sushi Salad in a Jar
Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Thai Green Papaya Salad
Thai Cucumber Salad
Thai Green Curry Recipe

Chefs share preparation tips from time to time to encourage people to create special recipes. Hints about herb preparation, such as rinsing them before using, help create a delicious dish with very little effort on your part.

Thai Beef Salad

Extra Tip:
Another hint that results in mouth-watering dressing for Thai Beef Salad is grinding the cilantro/coriander stems first in a mortar and pestle before adding the remaining dressing ingredients.

The crushing encourages the oils and flavor to spill out and combine with the mixture.

If you have no access to a mortar and pestle, you’ll achieve almost the same effect by chopping the stems very fine. Then add the pieces to the dressing and mix it well.

You may want to make extra dressing to use for another salad later this week!

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Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Your rating: 5
7 ratings
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Thai

Grilled steak is served on a bed of spiral cucumber, romaine lettuce, carrots, cilantro with fresh mint and tossed in a flavorful lime juice dressing in this authentic Thai beef salad.

Thai Beef Salad

Ingredients

27 minutes
2
401.78 kcal
    Dressing:
  1. 4 pcs Thai chili or spicy chili (adjust amount to taste)
  2. 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  3. 1 tbsp cilantro stems , finely chopped
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 2 tsp sugar
  6. 3 tbsp lime juice
  7. 2 tbsp fish sauce
  8. 1/2 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
    Salad:
  1. 8 oz beef steak at room temperature
  2. 1/2 tbsp (toasted glutinous rice powder) - this is optional
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 2 cups romaine lettuce
  5. 1/4 cup tomatoes , halved
  6. 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced
  7. 1/2 cut cucumber (spiraled or sliced)
  8. 1/4 cup cilantro (grinded or cut into tiny pieces)
  9. 1/4 cup mint leaves
    Garnish:
  1. 1 tbsp seaweed salad (optional)
  2. Extra cilantro

Instructions

Prep
20 minutes
Cook
7 minutes
Ready in
27 minutes
  1. Prepare your greens (romaine, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, mint leaves) and set aside.
    Dressing:
  1. Add all the ingredients and adjust the taste (Read Note 1). Set aside.
    Cook the Steak:
  1. Preheat a skillet over high heat until hot and smoking.
  2. Cook the beef to your liking.
  3. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
  4. Slice the beef thinly against the grain and sprinkle with grounded toasted glutinous rice (optional) and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Place in a bowl with the remaining salad ingredients and pour over the dressing and toss gently.
  6. Top with seaweed salad (optional) or you can sprinkle with peanuts and garnish with extra cilantro and mint leaves.

Notes

1.) Try grinding the cilantro stems first in a mortar and pestle before adding the remaining dressing ingredients. The gentle crushing encourages the oils and flavor to spill out and combine with the mixture.

Nutrition information

Calories per serving: 401.78 kcal
Fat per serving: 25.32 g
Saturated fat per serving: 8.63 g
Carbs per serving: 18.94 g
Protein per serving: 26.52 g
Fiber per serving: 3.65 g
Sugar per serving: 10.1 g
Sodium per serving: 1469.42 mg
Trans fat per serving: 1.03 g
Cholesterol per serving: 70.31 mg
Nutrition label for Thai Beef Salad
https://www.theforkbite.com/thai-beef-salad/

44 thoughts on “Thai Beef Salad”

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  3. Lilian Jimenez

    I love cucumber being a part of the base in Thai salad. This is my all time favorite recipe!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Steak salad is one of my favorites and your salad prompted me to give this a try tonight!! I like the addition of the rice powder – a little crunch is perfect!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Stephanie Jules

    My family loves Thai dishes and this one really makes me so hungry!! I love lime juice dressing because its so refreshing and healthy. And the zucchini noodles are too tasty.. yummy!!

    Rating: 5 / 5

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  7. Claire Blumenstein

    I love the fresh lime and garnish it with rice powder. The aroma of the toasted rice powder is so good plus a hint of crunchiness.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  8. Been trying to find new ways to spice up my salads and this is definitely one of the lists. Pinning this for my shopping trip later.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  9. Patty Merrell

    This Thai dressing is the bomb!! Looks so fresh and healthy, I love that this Thai salad isn’t all rice noodles, but I would love throwing some rice noodles 🙂

    Rating: 5 / 5

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  11. This salad looks so delicious! I am always looking for new ways to eat salads as I get bored with them easily (is that just me?). This looks easy to make, I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I am a vegetarian, but this still looks so good, I will be saving the recipe for sure to make a veggie alternative. Very healthy and looks delicious.

  13. My hubby loves Thai dishes and specially if they are spicy. I’m sure he will love this salad, so I’m saving it, to surprise him!!

  14. I often make the vegetarian version of this salad when i am a mood for light dinners…love using fresh cilantro in salads..they add such a good flavor to the food..

  15. YUM! I was looking at what to make with some beef I have in the fridge. This looks like a complete meal. Can’t wait to make it for dinner!

  16. I love Thai salad and this one looks delicious – spicy, fresh and full of zing 🙂

  17. Ellie Plummer

    I have to admit that I don’t eat beef but this sounds delicious so I may have to try this with an alternative.

  18. Shubhada Bhide

    Wow!! I do really love salad and this Thai Beef Salad looks so delicious and really tasty. I really want to try this later for our lunch. I bet my hubby will really love this salad recipe.

  19. Crazy to admit this but I have never tried Thai Beef Salad ! It looks absolutely divine and I know both myself and my husband would gobble that up! I’m going to give this a try for sure.

  20. I love a good thai beef salad but you are right, the meat has to be cooked to everyone’s liking, which is very hard. Though I have to admit, whoever wants it well done doesn’t know the real taste of beef, haha.

  21. MMm this looks delicious. I am intrigued with the seaweed garnish, but I am willing to try this! Plus with steak mixed in I may be able to convince my bf to try it.

  22. I had no idea that cilantro & coriander were the same thing. I’ve heard both terms before but didn’t know it was the same. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing

  23. Wow this looks absolutely wonderful and delicious! I will have to try this for my family to enjoy!

  24. I’ve been looking for new recipes to try, especially healthier ones. I would love to give this one a try! Thank you so much sharing it.

  25. This post made me soooo hungry! I love the balance of healthy and deliciousness of this recipe. Can’t wait to try it out.

  26. This sounds absolutely gorgeous, I love thai flavors and it always goes perfectly with beef. This is going in my recipe bookmarks to try!

  27. NOt only is this healthy but it has got to be the best looking salad I’ve seen in such a long time, The dressing recipe is for sure going to be something I;m going to need to try an make.

  28. This looks amazing!! I love that the instructions are really detailed as well. I’m not a great cook, but I’m going to try making this.

  29. Thai Beef Salad?! Yes pleasssse! This looks like my favorite salad. I would be so happy to eat this ANY season of the year. Thanks for sharing!

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