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Spicy Basil-Beef Salad

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.

Cooking Light JULY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Hands-on:16 Minutes
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 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


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.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 226
  • Fat: 11.9g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 585mg
  • Calcium: 49mg

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Spicy Basil-Beef Salad recipe