Thai Steak Salad
Serves 4 | Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 25 mins
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 recipe is ready for your favorite cut of steak, but would go great with grilled chicken, lamb, shrimp, or even grilled veggies.
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. Finally, fish sauce is a key ingredient in Thai cooking that you can find in most supermarkets and certainly online. It’s very salty, so please measure it out.
- 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 make this dish. You can pretty much use any greens as the salad base.
- To add a little extra zing to the dish, sprinkle a couple pinches of Thai Chili blend 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
- One of the great things about this recipe that the flavor profile comes from the dressing and the fresh herbs, so its very flexible: use any greens or veggies in the salad; save prep time by using a salad kit (minus dressing); substitute in your favorite grilled protein.
- If you cannot find Thai basil at the market, you can substitute in regular (European) basil.
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