Walla Walla Beef Salad

Walla Walla Beef SaladRecipe
James Carrier
Notes: For a more colorful salad, use a sweet red onion. Serve with toasted pocket bread.


Makes 4 main-dish, 8 appetizer servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 213
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Protein 21 g
Fat 7.3 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Sodium 356 mg
Cholesterol 53 mg


3/4 pound fat-trimmed beef tenderloin or other tender beef steak
3 cups fat-skimmed beef or chicken broth or water
3/4 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 Walla Walla or other sweet onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and cut lengthwise into thin slivers
About 1 tablespoon hot chili flakes
About 3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
2 pink or ruby grapefruit (1 lb. each)
About 4 cups watercress sprigs, rinsed and crisped
Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)


1. Cut beef into matchstick-size strips about 1/16 inch thick and no more than 2 inches long; put into a large bowl. In a 4- to 5-quart pan over high heat, bring broth to a boil. Pour over beef and stir. For rare beef, drain at once; for medium, let stand 5 minutes, then drain (save broth for other uses).

2. In bowl, mix meat with lime juice, lemon juice, and onion; add chili flakes and salt to taste. Cover and chill until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, working over a bowl, with a small, sharp knife, cut off and discard peel and white membrane from grapefruit. Cut between fruit segments and inner membranes to release fruit into bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl; discard membranes.

4. With a slotted spoon, lift beef mixture from bowl and mound equally on plates. Lift grapefruit segments from juice and arrange equally alongside; reserve juice for other uses. Add equal portions of watercress. Spoon beef marinade over fruit and greens. Add fish sauce or more salt to taste.

Nutritional analysis per main-dish serving.