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Spicy Basil-Beef Salad

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 16 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
If regular Italian--or Genovese--basil is all you can find, it'll work fine. However, it's worth searching out a few varieties, such as purple, Thai, or lemon basil. Using a mix of varieties improves the salad by adding visual interest and nuanced flavors. If you can't find hanger steak, substitute flank instead.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 12 ounces hanger steak, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chile paste (such as Huy Fong sambal oelek)
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
  • 3 large ripe heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 226
  • fat 11.9 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 5.5 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 14.6 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 585 mg
  • calcium 49 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

  2. Heat a large ovenproof stainless-steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle both sides of steak evenly with salt and black pepper. Add steak to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Turn steak over. Bake at 425° for 8 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of steak registers 135° or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Slice across the grain.

  3. Combine soy sauce and next 5 ingredients (through sambal), stirring well. Combine basil and remaining ingredients. Drizzle dressing mixture over basil mixture; toss gently. Divide salad mixture evenly among 4 plates; divide beef evenly among salads.

Cook's Notes

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