My teenage daughter had dinner with some friends at a Thai restaurant recently. She loves Thai food and was looking forward to the meal as well as the company. She ordered Thai beef salad and thoroughly enjoyed but said it was a bit too hot for her taste. We are all fans of Thai food but can't hack the heat sometimes. It is the birds eye chillies that they use that can leave bit of sting on the tongue.
For the very reason that I make my own green curry paste, I do my take on Thai beef salad. This is a simplified version, made with your normal supermarket ingredients but still captures all the essential tastes in the original dish. If you have leftover steaks (I know that hardly happens) or roast beef, then you are just minutes away from enjoying a flavour packed salad. Did I say that it is low fat? Apart from the 1 tbsp. of oil in the marinade, the rest is fat free. Just make sure you trim off the fat from your meat. Hearthy, healthy and really tasty.
This recipe makes 2 main or 4 starter or side portions.
Ingredients for the steak:
500 gms. rib eye steaks
2 tsps. soy sauce
2 tsps. lime juice
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsps. cooking oil
Cut diagonal slashes on the steaks, 1/2" apart. Turn over and cut diagonal slashes, going in the opposite direction.
Mix the rest of the ingredients and use as seasoning for the steaks.
Pre-heat the barbecue, grill pan or grill. Cook the steaks on high heat to your desired doneness.
Leave to rest and cool.
Slice, against the grain, into thin strips.
Ingredients for the dressing:
1/4 c. lime juice
2 tbsps. of fish sauce
2 tsps. of crushed garlic
2 tsps. of chopped red chillies
6 tbsps. of honey
Mix all of the ingredients together and use to dress the salad.
Ingredients for the salad:
1/3 c. sliced cucumbers
1 tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
2 tbsps. roughly chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsps. chopped peanuts
2 tbsps. crispy fried onions
Divide the salad greens into 4 portions. Top with the tomato, cucumber, onion and beef slices. Drizzle each with a quarter portion of the dressing. Sprinkle with the coriander, crispy onions and peanuts.
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