Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

6 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1991

The hot-and-sour dressing has an exotic flavor, yet has just a few ingredients.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce, or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • ¾ pound sirloin steak, trimmed of fat and thinly sliced
  • 3 jalapeno or serrano chili peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 orange, peeled and white pith removed, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts


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  1. Stir together fish sauce (or soy sauce) and brown sugar in a small bowl. Arrange lettuce on a platter or individual plates.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Stir-fry beef, in batches, until browned on the outside and still pink inside, about 1 minute per batch. Spoon over the lettuce.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan and cook chili peppers, onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 1 minute. Add the fish-sauce (or soy-sauce) mixture and bring to a boil, stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in orange and cilantro. Spoon over the lettuce and beef, sprinkle peanuts over top and serve warm.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 304 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 69 mcg folate; 67 mg cholesterol; 16 g sugars; 931 IU vitamin A; 35 mg vitamin C; 63 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 960 mg sodium; 658 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (58% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 6

January 08, 2013
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By: plmiami
Quick and delicious We used really thinly sliced sirloin, which I think is essential. The flavors worked great together, slightly reminded me of pho in salad form. Pros: Quick, easy, flavorful
August 11, 2012
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By: rita.taylor2
Thai Beef Salad Cut up lots of lettuce and mix it all together. Pros: Full of flavor. Quick and easy to make once you cut everything up in advance. Cons: Not good as leftovers so if you are only cooking for 1 or 2 people cut the recipe in half.
July 05, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Very tasty Be sure to cut the meat really thin and don't overcook. I combined the cooked meat and the cooked sauce together and the added it to a mixed salad (spinach and char). Will make again just as is! Pros: Easy to make Cons: A little dry
June 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is by far the best Thai receipe I have ever had!! The flavors were incredible and it tasted better than many restaurants I have been too. Bonus that it is healthy. I did forget to put the peanuts on top, but it didn't seem to matter. It was delicious and I highly recommend this dish. If you don't like spicy dishes, I would go easy or omit the serrano peppers. Also used red/green leaf lettuce rather than the iceberg. Can't wait to make this for my finance again.
April 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is super delicious. I made mine with leftover steak and it was so delicious I thought about licking my plate! The combination of flavors: savory/sweet/salty/spicy with the cool crunch of the iceberg lettuce is just perfect!! This is a new favorite.
January 04, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I made this and my boyfriend who grew up in Thailand loved it. He couldn't believe how authentic it tasted. I'm definitely making this again.
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