Sweet & Salty Beef Salad

Sweet & Salty Beef Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1991

Here's a salad that showcases the Asian yin and yang philosophy of combining opposing flavors. Mild, crisp iceberg lettuce allows the exotic hot-sweet-sour-salty flavors of the warm dressing to shine.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce, (see Note) or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, or serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 orange, peel and white pith removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dry-roasted peanuts


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  1. Stir fish sauce (or soy sauce) and brown sugar in a small bowl. Divide lettuce between 2 plates.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add beef and cook, stirring until browned on the outside and still pink inside, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon over the lettuce.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, jalapeno (or serrano), onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the fish sauce (or soy sauce) mixture, remove from the heat and stir in orange and cilantro. Spoon the sauce over the salad and sprinkle with peanuts.
  • Note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian sauce made from salted, fermented fish. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets.
  • 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: 336 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 82 mcg folate; 67 mg cholesterol; 20 g sugars; 968 IU vitamin A; 50 mg vitamin C; 82 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 960 mg sodium; 737 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (83% daily value), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Reviews 1

February 02, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Simple yet delightful This was a very simple dish to put together and makes a great lunch. The only thing I didn't put in was the pepper because I didn't have any, but I will next time because I think that was the one thing it was missing to add a little more kick. Otherwise I really enjoyed it! Very tasty, simple, and yummy! Note: I used Cara cara oranges. Pros: Good flavor balance, light yet filling, tasty
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