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spicy thai beef salad

This spicy Thai beef salad brims with the bright flavours of mint, cilantro and lime. It's an easy way to bring big, bold tastes to your table.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 242kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 10 oz beef sirloin - striploin or flank - try to get a cut you can slice against the grain.
  • black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp toasted rice powder - see note, optional
  • 3 cups total mixed fresh mint - cilantro, Thai basil and young arugula (roughly even amounts but up to you)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 2 green onions - chopped
  • 3-5 red chilies - thinly sliced. A combination of Thai and finger red chilies works nicely. The more Thai chilies, the spicier...


  • Heat your grill to medium high or Combine the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and toasted rice powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Toss the mixed herbs/greens, shallot, green onions and red chilies in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients.
  • Season the beef liberally with black pepper (I like butcher's grind but go with what you like).
  • Grill the beef to rare (125F) or medium rare (130F).
  • Let the beef rest for 5 minutes. Slice against the grain.
  • Toss the beef in a clean bowl with the lime/fish sauce dressing.
  • Add the beef and any dressing to the bowl containing the salad and toss.
  • Sprinkle with a bit more red chili if you like.
  • Serve.


To make toasted rice powder, toss 1/4 cup of jasmine or sticky rice in a small skillet over medium heat. Keep the rice moving while it toasts. You are done when it is a medium tan colour and smells a bit like popcorn. Let cool 5 minutes and grind in a spice grinder or crush in a mortar and pestle.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1519mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 117.6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3.9mg