Thai Steak Salad

Serves 4

| Prep Time: 15 mins

| Cook Time: 10 mins

| Total Time: 25 mins

You may need: Dried Garlic Powder

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As summer quickly approaches, it's time to gather recipes for quick, healthy, and lightweight meals. This recipe fits the mold - a minty cool salad for even the hottest summer evening, packed with authentic Thai flavor. Our Thai Steak Salad recipe is ready for your favorite cut of steak, but would go great with grilled chicken, lamb, shrimp, or even grilled veggies. What's better, it takes less than 15 minutes of cooking time.

The fresh herbs in this dish really make it pop: cilantro, mint, Thai basil, and scallions. If you can't find Thai basil, you can substitute regular basil. And if you need to save prep time, buy pre-shredded vegetables and/or salad kits. Also, fish sauce is a key ingredient in Thai cuisine that you can find in most supermarkets and certainly online. It's very salty, so please measure it out and use sparingly. Finally, we add Kaffir Lime to our dressing for a sublime Thai flavor. With our Kaffir Lime spice packs, you'll have enough spice to make this dish a number of times.


  • 1.5 lb flank, ribeye, or sirloin steak

  • 1 head of lettuce, chopped  

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin

  • handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cucumber, halved lengthwise & sliced into rounds

  • handful each of mint, cilantro, and Thai basil, roughly chopped

  • 1 scallion, sliced into 1/2" diagonal pieces

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 small shallot, diced

  • 1 tbsp cilantro stems, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice (~2 limes)

  • 1 tbsp canola (or vegetable) oil 

  • 1 tsp Piquant Post Kaffir Lime powder 

  • 1/2 tsp Piquant Post Thai Chili blend (optional)

  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)


Fresh mint, cilantro, and Thai basil really add the essential flavors to this Thai Steak Salad recipe. You can pretty much use any greens as the salad base but make sure to include some combo of the herbs..

To add a little extra zing to the dish, sprinkle a couple pinches of Thai Chili blend (or red chili flakes) on the meat in addition to the seasoning before you cook it.

Also, you can find fish sauce in most supermarket chains in the ethnic food aisle(s). Fish sauce is very salty so measure the amount you put in the dish.

Optional ingredients add a little character and flavor but don’t sweat it if you don’t have them.


Alternatives & Substitutions

  • The fantastic Thai flavor profile you've come to enjoy comes their use of fresh herbs.

  • Use your favorite greens or sliced veggies in the salad: carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, baby corn, and even water chestnuts work great.

  • Save prep time by using a salad kit (minus dressing).

  • Feel free to substitute in your favorite grilled protein: chicken, lamb, or pork all work great.

  • Vegans can sub in grilled portobello mushrooms or baked tofu for the steak.

  • If you cannot find Thai basil at the market substitute in regular (European) basil. 

  • Make sure to try one of our Thai curry recipes with the Kaffir Lime: Tom Kha Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup) or Thai coconut curry with seafood.

  • Don't forget to leave comments and feedback on your meals and experiments in the comments for others to read.

  • Post pictures of your masterpiece meal on social media and tag us. We repost!

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