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Thai-Inspired Beef Salad

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 10 min | Total: 25 mins | Servings:4


Thai-Inspired Beef Salad
Thai-Inspired Beef Salad
Thai-Inspired Beef Salad
On Sundays, as a kid, our family would take the hour long drive to a city called Fresno, somewhere near the center of California. This was "family day" and was spent shopping, eating out, going to the movies, etc. The little mountain town we lived in didn't have much to offer, in those days.

One of my favorite places to go was "The Thai House", a restaurant that opened in the early 80's. It is, apparently, still there, too! It is the singular restaurant that has defined "Thai Food" for me. Everything bit of Thai food I've had, since childhood, has been compared to the amazing cuisine served at The Thai House, in the mid-80's.

One of my ABSOLUTE favorites was their BBQ Beef. It was little more than a well marinated piece of beef, which was then grilled (hard and scorched), but maintaining its juicy innards (juicy innards? YUM! ... sometimes I question my choice of words).

Ahem ...

I've taken what I remember of that flavor profile and somewhat simplified it, turning it into the inspiration for a spellbinding warm salad! Don't fear the fish sauce. It's delicious! This is a super simple, partially cooked/partially raw and deeply flavored dish. Give it a shot!

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 1/2 lb (681g)  beef sirloin, cut into bite-sized cubes1680123133.50000
16 each (304g)  shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced into strips103.361.486.820.647.6013.04
1 tbsp (6g)  fresh ginger, minced or grated4.
4 each (12g)  garlic cloves, minced16004004
1 tsp (2g)  crushed red chili flakes6.
4 cups (220g)  butterhead lettuce (boston bibb)28.3402.75.42.702.7
1 small (74g)  red bell pepper, seeded and sliced very thin22.940.744.441.4802.96
1/2 medium (55g)  red onion, very thinly sliced220.55104
1/4 bunch (25g)  cilantro, washed and large stems removed5.
16 leaves (6.4g)  thai basil, hand torn (substitution = regular basil)
1/4 cup (72g)  fish sauce (Buy Now)
2 tbsp (30.5g)  lime juice, freshly squeezed7.640.142.64.0702.57
1 tbsp (12g)  'Swerve' or other sugar replacement (Buy Now) 0001010
1/4 cup (56g)  coconut oil4804800000
salt and pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 4 Servings):2403.86173.02g149.08g49.35g14.37g1g33.98g
Per Serving:600.9643.26g37.27g12.34g3.59g0.25g8.49g *


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine your beef, mushrooms, garlic , ginger and chili flakes. Season with a bit of salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. In a large salad bowl, place your lettuce, very thinly sliced bell peppers and onions, as well as your fresh cilantro and basil. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, add your fish sauce, lime juice and sweetener of choice. If using a powdered sweetener, use a fork to whisk the ingredients together, until the sweetener dissolves.
  4. Heat a large sauté pan, over high heat. Add your coconut oil and swirl it around the pan. When it begins to ripple, sprinkle your meat/mushroom mixture over the surface of the pan. The goal is to spread the meat/mushroom in a single layer over the full bottom of the pan. Allow to sear over the high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes. Toss the mixture and try and cook the opposite side of the meats and mushrooms. Cook until the beef is cooked to the desired doneness (about medium rare, is my preference).
  5. When the beef is cooked, add your fish sauce dressing to the pan, where it should immediately boil. Pour the entire mixture, meat, dressing, oil and all, over the lettuce. This will cause the whole thing to wilt a bit, but this is something I personally like. Alternately, you could sauté the beef/mushrooms, then put on a plate in a single layer, in the fridge, for about 30 minutes. This will chill it. Then, add the chilled meats and dressing to the salad, for a different, cleaner and fresher salad experience. Both are awesome. No losers, here!
  6. Mix and serve!

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This was delicious!  My entire family enjoyed it, and that is saying a lot.  Thank you!

 Robin  1/6/2015


Hi Natalie! Are you saying my Thai Steak Salad looks like Cat Chow? Say it isn't so! ;) (I think you posted on the wrong recipe ... but that's ok. HI!)

 DJ  7/19/2013


Meow? Actually, your photos ALWAYS look great, DJ! Food photography is very challenging - - - when you DO have a good idea. Lighting and composition are equally important or else you end up looking like you have a green hamburger or brown salad. At any rate, I can't wait to try the recipe!

 Natalie  7/16/2013