This Thai Beef Salad is quick and easy to prepare and would also be delicious with grilled chicken or lamb. You can make the whole thing ahead of time, as long as the dressing is added right before serving.
1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 small serrano chile
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded Napa cabbage
1 cup grated, seeded, peeled cucumber
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 (12-ounce) package broccoli coleslaw
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steak evenly on both sides with pepper and salt. Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Thinly slice steak.
Combine cabbage and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle slaw mixture with cilantro mixture; toss. Arrange 2 cups slaw mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 3 ounces beef.
I can't give it 5 stars because I didn't make the beef this way (I used the maple and soy glazed flank steak recipe from CL and had wanted a nice salad with mandarins to go with it), but the salad was GREAT. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet, and so fresh. Made the red meat feel pretty guiltless. I would definitely make again. I actually made it for my mother at her place and she said it was the best thing I'd ever made for her. So. Pretty glowing reviews. Definite keeper.
We've made this several times & followed the recipe exactly, except we used a cheaper cut of meat: eye of round steak, although grass-fed & organic. It was easy & extremely good. It is spicy & the only sweetness comes from the mandarin oranges, both of which are pluses for us. (We love spicy food & neither of us cares for sweet main dishes.)
I saved this recipe because I was interested in making the salad as a side. It was fantastic! I loved how flavorful it was, especially thanks to the fresh basil. I basically halved the recipe and eliminated the napa cabbage, so it was more like a slaw than a salad. I even at the leftovers the next day at lunch.
This dish was really easy and only took about 20 minutes to make. I agree with all the previous reviewers, except that the dressing could have used some sweetness. I was expecting the kick from the serrano pepper, but I also expected something sweet. I might add some brown sugar next time.
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