Thai Beef Salad

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For dressing:
1/2 tsp Thai chili or bird’s eye, deseeded and finely minced
1/4 tsp Garlic finely minced, 1/2 small clove
1 tbsp Cilantro finely chopped stems
1 small pinch Kosher Salt or cooking
2 1/4 tsp Sugar white
2 tbsp Fish sauce
3 tbsp Lime juice
1 tbsp Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil, or canola
For salad:
7 – 8 oz / 200 – 250 g Beef sirloin steak good quality, at room temperature
1 tbsp Vegetable oil or peanut, or canola oil
1/4 tsp Salt each
1/4 tsp Black pepper
2 heaped cups Lettuce mixed leaves
10 Cherry tomatoes halved
1/4 Red onion small, thinly sliced
1/2, about 1/3 cup Cucumber optionally deseeded, cut horizontally, sliced
1/4 cup Cilantro leaves, lightly packed
1/4 cup Fresh mint leaves, lightly packed
For garnish:
1/4 cup Peanuts finely chopped , roasted, unsalted
Cilantro extra, leaves
Fresh mint extra, leaves

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Thai Beef Salad


This easy Thai Beef Salad is just as good if not better than Thai restaurant salad. It’s colorful, full of mouth-watering Thai flavors, and made so simply. Thinly sliced pan-seared beef steak, fresh cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, mixed lettuce leaves, and fragrant herbs, all tossed together with a zingy dressing, make an outstanding and different kind of salad.   

First up, make the dressing. In a mortar and pestle, pound and grind Thai red chili, garlic, cilantro stems, and a small pinch of salt to a smooth paste, and then add the remaining ingredients. Alternatively, mince the ingredients and then shake the dressing in a jar. The dressing is key. It’s spicy, tangy, herby, and just a touch sweet. Honestly, it’s addicting. Next, cook the steak until the meat reaches the desired doneness. Toss the lettuce with a tablespoon of the dressing in a large bowl. Combine the sliced beef and the remaining salad ingredients in another bowl and toss with most of the remaining dressing. To serve, arrange the lettuce on plates or a platter and top with the sliced beef and vegetables. Garnish with chopped peanuts, more cilantro and mint leaves. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve immediately!

To make this Thai Beef Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Thai Beef Salad

Steps to make Thai Beef Salad


Make dressing


In a mortar and pestle, pound and grind ½ teaspoon finely minced bird’s eye or Thai chili, ¼ teaspoon finely minced garlic, 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro stems, and a small pinch of salt to a smooth paste. Then add 2 ¼ teaspoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil. Taste and adjust the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce if needed. Set aside.


Cook beef steak


Preheat a skillet over high heat until smoking. Drizzle the beef with ½ tablespoon of oil on both sides. Sprinkle with a good pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Cook until the meat reaches the desired doneness. 2 minutes per side for medium-rare or 2 ½ minutes per side for medium-well (125 °F for medium-rare and up to 135 °F for medium-well).


Leave to rest


Remove the beef from the skillet and place on a plate, then loosely cover with foil and set aside for 10 minutes to rest.


Dress lettuce


To a bowl, add 2 heaped cups mixed lettuce leaves and drizzle with 1 tablespoon dressing. Toss to cover.


Combine salad ingredients


Thinly slice the beef against the grain and place it in a bowl with 10 halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced ¼ red onion, sliced ½ cucumber, ¼ cup cilantro leaves, and ¼ cup mint leaves. Toss with most of the remaining dressing.




Arrange the lettuce on plates or a platter and top with the sliced beef and vegetables.



Garnish with ¼ cup finely chopped peanuts and sprinkle with extra cilantro and mint leaves. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

This spicy Thai Beef Salad could be a meal on its own. The beef steak is cooked to tender and juicy perfection, then thinly sliced and tossed with fresh veggies, fragrant herbs, and flavorful dressing. Give this recipe a go, and please come back to leave a comment below.

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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Delicious spicy salad recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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