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Thai beef salad

 Thai beef salad

  • 15m prep
  • 10m cook
  • 4 servings
  • Thai cuisine is one of contrasts and Thai beef salad is a perfect example. In the dressing alone, sweet meets salty, spicy and sour and in the salad intense chilli meets gentle aromatic herbs and cooling cucumber, all coming together in perfect harmony. A much loved and ordered restaurant item, this Thai beef salad recipe brings this heavenly dish into your own home. The secret? While most Thai beef salad recipes just season and grill the meat, this recipe uses the ingenious trick of marinating it in half of the dressing. This not only flavours and tenderises the meat, but the palm sugar in the dressing helps caramelise the surface. Known as yum nua, this Thai beef salad is easy enough to be cooked as a weeknight dinner, but also special enough to be served as part of a Thai banquet.

    413 calories per serve

    Allergens: Recipe may contain sulphites, groundnut, sesame, fish and soybean.

    17 Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped palm sugar
    • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
    • 1 (about 680g) beef rump steak
    • 1 x 200g pkt grape tomatoes, quartered
    • 1 continental cucumber, halved lengthways, thinly sliced diagonally
    • 1 red onion, halved, cut into thin wedges
    • 2 long fresh red chillies, halved, deseeded, thinly sliced lengthways
    • 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked, large leaves torn
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked
    • 1 bunch fresh Thai basil, leaves picked, large leaves torn
    • 55g (1/3 cup) toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
    • 4 makrut lime leaves, centre veins removed, finely shredded

    3 Method Steps

    • Whisk together lime juicegarlicfish saucesesame oilsoy sauceginger and palm sugar in a jug. Place the steak in a glass or ceramic dish. Drizzle with half the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge, turning occasionally, for 2 hours to develop the flavours.
    • Preheat a barbecue grill or chargrill pan on high. Cook steak on grill for 2-3 minutes each side for medium or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil and set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
    • Place the tomatocucumberonionchillimintcorianderbasilpeanuts and lime leaves in a large bowl. Thinly slice steak across the grain and add to the salad. Drizzle with remaining dressing and gently toss to combine. Divide salad among bowls and serve immediately.


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