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Thai Steak Salad
with red cabbage, carrots, and basil

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

This salad is full of texture and color with cabbage, carrots, and romaine hearts. Basil and cilantro add fragrant herbal notes. And then tossed with a Thai-flavored dressing, you'll hardly remember that this is healthy. Vegetarians can sub their favorite meat substitute for steak

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Thai Steak Salad:
  • Flank or skirt steak - 1 1/4 lbs
  • Red cabbage - 1/2 head, sliced
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb, grated
  • Romaine hearts - 2, chopped
  • Basil - 2 to 3 sprigs, sliced thinly
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Fish sauce - 3 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
  • Peanuts (opt) - 1/4 cup, crushed

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Steak - If you made last night's meal, nothing to do! Otherwise, season and tenderize with salt and pepper
  2. Cabbage / Carrots / Romaine hearts / Basil / Cilantro - Prep as directed

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Make

  1. If you made last night's meal, just warm up steak in an oven heated to 200F (93C) degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. Otherwise, position top rack ~6 inches (15 cm) from broiler and preheat broiler. Place steak on a foil lined sheet pan and broil on each side for ~3 minutes for medium-rare, ~4 minutes for medium, and ~5 minutes for well-done. When steak is done, take out of oven and let rest
  2. Make dressing by whisking together fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup (59 ml) cooking oil
  3. Toss salad ingredients with dressing. Season to taste with salt. Add chopped peanuts if using
  4. Slice steak and top salad with protein

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (14)
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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (1)

10 reviews

I grilled my steak, but the salad was missing something. I should have added some sort of tangy cheese or something crunchy other than cabbage. I thought the dressing was okay, but won't be making it again.

By: Mitchel
Posted: Jan 10, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I added some cashews and some extra lime juice and honey as the fish sauce was a little over-powering and it turns out great.

By: Vanessa
Posted: Jan 14, 2015
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was fantastic! My husband and a couple of his friends are trying to lose weight. So they wanted something light, but filling. This was perfect. After reading the comments, I did add a little Sriracha to the dressing for a little heat and a few grape tomatoes to the salad.

By: Aishah
Posted: Jan 06, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

DELICIOUS! Add a touch more brown sugar and lime juice to the dressing, as well as some sriracha, to balance out the strong fish sauce. Also used cashews instead of peanuts.

By: Alex
Posted: Nov 18, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Next time I will use a more tender cut of steak (or will marinate it first) but I LOVED the look and taste of the salad! It barely needed any dressing. Peanuts were a nice touch.

By: Sundi
Posted: Oct 27, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added a little chopped cucumber and changed some of the amounts of veggies based on what looked "right" for our tastes. The dressing was great, but we added a few squirts of sriracha to give it some spice. Next time I will either add something spicy to the steak or try cooking the steak on our outdoor grill for some char. This one came together pretty quickly with the help of my husband and we both loved it!

By: Mallory
Posted: Mar 22, 2014
Diet: Original
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