thai steak salad

i’ve always been such a fan of thai food. it’s comfort food. the flavors are so interesting! since there are so many good thai restaurants in DC, i don’t normally try to cook it, but this recipe jumped out at me. it’s super simple, the only real thai aspect of this recipe is the salad dressing.

this thai steak salad, from food & wine,  is a great week night meal. it’s hearty but healthy. the lettuce mixed with cilantro and basil add a really interesting twist that makes a big difference! don’t leave it out.

i used grassfed beef and all organic ingredients, making it even healthier! keep the dressing and use it later and with other proteins!

Thai Steak Salad Final


thai steak salad


  • 1 lb. flat iron steak, 1″ thick
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. asian fish sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, quartered
  • 1/2 serrano chile, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 heads of baby romaine, separated & torn
  • 3/4 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. basil leaves
  • 1/2 c. cilantro leaves


in a blender, combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, chile, ginger, and sugar. puree until well blended. season with salt & pepper (you won’t need much salt since there is soy sauce and fish sauce, so taste before seasoning).

light a grill or heat up a grill pan on the stove. brush the steak with vegetable oil and season with salt & pepper. grill over high heat until meat is charred on the outside and medium rare within, 5 minutes per side. transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.

meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss romaine with tomatoes, onion, cucumber, scallions, basil, and cilantro. add a few tablespoons of the dressing and toss. divide among plates. slice steak thinly across the grain and serve alongside salad. pour a teaspoon or two of dressing over the steak before serving.

Thai Steak Salad

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