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EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1991


Recipe Summary

35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together fish sauce (or soy sauce) and brown sugar in a small bowl. Arrange lettuce on a platter or individual plates.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

304 calories; protein 29.5g; carbohydrates 22.7g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 16.4g; fat 11g; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 67.2mg; vitamin a iu 931.2IU; vitamin c 35.5mg; folate 69.5mcg; calcium 63.5mg; iron 2.3mg; magnesium 45.9mg; potassium 657.8mg; sodium 959.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More