Grilled Thai Beef Salad

You don’t have to eat out to enjoy delicious Thai food. Make Thai Beef Salad at home tonight.
Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Marinade Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds boneless lean thick steak (1 – 1 1/2 inches thick)
1/2 cup lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup fish sauce*
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1-2 tablespoons chili garlic paste (more or less to taste)*
2 cloves garlic, minced

Salad Ingredients:
1 head romaine lettuce, about 6 cups torn
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
4 – 5 roma tomatoes, cut into eights
1 carrot, shredded or slivered
1/2 red onion, thinnly sliced, or sliced green onions
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1-2 fresh limes, optional
Sesame seeds, optional

Evenly poke steak with a fork; place steak in ziploc bag.

Combine lime juice and brown sugar, stir to dissolve sugar. Add fish sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic paste and garlic; stir to blend. Set half the marinade aside for dressing, pour remaining half of the marinade over steak; seal bag and marinate beef 10-30 minutes. Remove beef from bag and discard marinade; grill beef over hot coals or gas grill, 6 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove beef from grill and allow to stand 5-10 minutes. Slice beef across the grain into thin strips, toss strips with reserved marinade/dressing, cool.

Either arrange salad ingredients on individual plates or toss together in a salad bowl for self service. Arrange beef strips over salad ingredients; drizzle with marinade/dressing and additional fresh squeezed lime as desired. Sprinkle with optional sesame seeds.

This is a great grilled beef perfect for an entrée, but when the steak is cut into thin strips it makes a wonderful salad which is featured here. Trimmed flank steak was used for nutrition analysis. The chili paste makes it hot, add more or less to meet your taste and heat preferences. Thai cooking is popular and delicious – join the movement. Salad recipe serves 6-8

SPECIAL NOTE: Drink milk with spicy foods – it helps tone down the heat without sacrificing flavor from hot foods.

*Fish sauce and chili garlic paste are available in Asian markets, or in the ethnic section of your local grocery store.

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