Thai Beef Salad is a tangy, slightly spicy salad with plenty of flavorful veggies and tender steak topped off with ginger, sriracha, and lime dressing.
It’s perfect to serve up as a delicious meal on its own or as a Side Dish with other favorite Thai dishes like Pad See Ew and Thai Peanut Chicken.
THAI BEEF SALAD
The dressing for Thai Beef Salad is the perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy. The flavors of lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, sriracha, garlic, and brown sugar all come together in an amazing blend that brings out the best flavors of the beef. Then that deep flavor is topped off with refreshing, crunchy veggies for the perfect blend.
You can toss together this salad in a few minutes to enjoy it with your family. It’s a great way to get everyone eating more vegetables because the tender beef and delicious dressing make irresistible. Thai Salad is an easy low carb salad with tender slices of steak to make it more filling.
It brings your favorite Asian flavors to the dinner table without any complicated steps or having to order takeout. Just a beautiful salad in under 20 minutes.
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This Thai Beef Salad is great to serve as it is for a delicious side dish, lunch, or light dinner, but you could also serve it up over some more filling ingredients like white rice or noodles. Try making noodles like Cold Thai Noodle Salad or Easy Thai Green Curry Noodles. Then top the classic Thai dishes off with this easy salad. You can also make our Pad Thai recipe, but leave out the chicken and use the beef from this salad for your protein.
Instead of serving the salad with noodles or rice, you could make this into a lettuce wrap. Rather than using chopped romaine lettuce, serve the other salad ingredients wrapped in whole butter lettuce leaves. It’s the same idea as our recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
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FAQ FOR MAKING THAI BEEF SALAD
- When is the steak done? It should only take about 4 minutes of searing on each side for the beef to be done cooking. If you want to double-check it’s at a safe temperature 145 degrees internal temperature is the minimum cooking temperature. You can always cook it slightly longer or shorter for your desired doneness.
- Why cut the beef against the grain? Cutting the beef against the grain makes the meat more tender. Because you’re cutting through muscle fibers it’s easier to chew and juicier.
- Can you make Thai Steak Salad ahead? You can prep the different parts of this salad ahead of time and store them in the fridge. However, it’s best if you don’t toss the salad together until right before serving. The beef tastes best freshly grilled, but you can make it in advance if you need to as well.
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VARIATIONS ON THAI BEEF SALAD
- Meat: For some different kinds of meat try chicken, shrimp, or pork instead of beef. Just grill the meat on your stovetop and toss it in the salad recipe.
- Flavoring: Try adding some extra spices and seasonings to the recipe for different flavors. To add in some more heat, use red pepper flakes for a spicy dish. You can also add sea salt, citrus, soy sauce, or fresh cilantro leaves for some different flavors.
- Add-ins: For some more vegetables add sliced shallots, cherry tomatoes, and avocados. For some extra crunch add some chopped peanut to the top before serving.
- Curry: Mix some curry powder or curry paste into the salad dressing to make a curry salad.
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HOW TO STORE THAI BEEF SALAD
- Serve: Don’t leave Thai Beef Salad at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: If you think you’ll have leftover salad, leave the dressing on the side. You can store the dressing and other salad ingredients separately. Cover the salad bowl in plastic wrap or put the salad in another airtight container. The dressing and salad should stay good for 2-3 days. Pour the dressing over the top and toss before serving.
- Freeze: The dressing and lettuce won’t freeze well, but you can freeze the other salad ingredients for 3-4 months.
Thai Beef Dressing/Marinade
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger , very finely minced
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 pounds skirt steak , trimmed of excess fat
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Thai Beef Salad Ingredients
- 8 cups romaine lettuce , chopped (about 2 heads)
- 1 English cucumber , sliced (not peeled)
- 1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
- 1/3 cup cilantro , chopped
- 1/4 red onion , sliced
- 1/2 cup green onions , thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh mint , chopped
- 1/4 cup peanuts , chopped (optional)
- In a medium bowl whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, brown sugar, vegetable oil, fish sauce, sriracha, crushed red pepper flakes ginger and garlic.
- Add half the marinade to the steak, coat well and let marinate for 20 minutes and reserve the rest for the salad dressing.
- Add butter to a large heavy skillet on high heat and add sear steak for 4 minutes on each side. Don't crowd the pan as the steak will steam instead of sear.
- Let steak rest for 10 minutes, then thinly against the grain and toss in the dressing.
- To a large bowl add the lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, green onions and fresh mint.
- Toss gently with remaining dressing and top with steak and garnish with chopped peanuts if desired.
This was so good! I actually used leftover NY strip roast from Christmas. I sliced it thinly, marinated it and then just before serving the salad, quick sauteed the meat until it was carmelized. Delicious!
This salad has unbelievable flavor! Looks like basic stuff but combined is INSANE! A must try!
This is a definite hit!! The flavors all together made our tastebuds sing with joy. Thank you for sharing this. Plan to make again soon.
What is the max amount of time I can marinate the steak? 24 hours or more?
I loved this recipe. It came out perfectly. Next time, I would add about 1/3 more dressing.
I loved this recipe. I would add about 1/3 more dressing. Thank you.
Love this recipe! Dressing is delicious, add a little more siracha to kick up the heat a bit more.
I made this last night for friends. Only change was I used a sirloin strip steak because that’s what was available. RAVE reviews and definitely a keeper! OUTSTANDING!
This was so easy and tasted great! In addition to the beef I also added some shrimp to the marinade and cooked the beef and shrimp on a super hot outdoor griddle. Fantastic recipe.
Love having nutritional data with recipe. Thank you Concerned about diabetes
This was delicious. I served it with spiralized zucchini heated, omitting the brown sugar. I’ll make it again soon!