Thai Beef Salad
Indio, California: Dave and I
have a ritual. Nearly every evening, when we are finished with our day, we
stop and sit down together and discuss the day - even if we spent the entire
day together. We will have a cocktail or a glass of wine. I will put out a
few nibbles, usually nuts, which we enjoy while relishing the view down the
canal in Indio, or from our front porch in Oregon, or from where ever in the
world we may be. Maybe a baseball game will be on the television. Maybe the
PBS News Hour. Usually nothing. We really enjoy this time in the
evening and I can really relax because dinner is already prepared.
I usually prepare our dinner before lunch. By this I mean, veggies have been
chopped, casseroles have been assembled, meats are marinating, soups only need to
be heated, something is in the crockpot, sauces or salad dressings whisked, and
everything is organized and ready to cook, toss, plate or serve.
Which is why I just love this recipe. The steak can marinate all day, the
greens can be washed and dried, the veggies can be sliced in advance - and
DT does the grilling. Perfect.
We would always eat this salad when we visited Thailand and order it often
when dining at a Thai restaurant, but why fly 14 hours or even go out when
Thai Beef Salad is easy to make at home? Don't eat meat? Use the marinade on
sliced tofu and grill.
So, take a quick trip to Bangkok with this main-course salad
- perfect for a hot summer evening. I do not remove the seeds from the chili
- Thai food is spicy hot! There is no additional salt in this recipe, as fish
sauce and soy sauce are very salty. Don't forget to reserve 1/3 cup of the
sauce to use as the salad dressing.
DRESSING & MARINADE:
1/3 cup fish sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (like canola)
Juice and zest of two limes
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Serrano chili (or jalapeno) minced, seeds removed if desired
Flank steak, about two pounds
One head of Romaine, Iceberg or Butter lettuce, or combination, torn
Handful each of fresh basil, mint and cilantro leaves,
coarsely chopped - plus additional cilantro as garnish,
One English cucumber, sliced
One red pepper, slivered
Cherry tomatoes, as desired
About one cup slivered white or yellow onion
Mix the fish sauce, soy sauce, vegetable oil, lime zest, lime juice, brown
sugar, minced garlic and minced chili in a small bowl. Stir well, and
reserve 1/3 cup of the sauce to use as the salad dressing. Place the steak
in a ziptop bag or shallow dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the flank
steak and let marinate, refrigerated, for several hours, or even overnight.
Bring steak to room temperature. Remove from marinade (discard marinade) and
grill the flank steak over a fairly hot temperature, until steak is cooked
as you prefer. Remove steak to a plate, cover with foil and let the steak
cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, place the torn lettuce, chopped basil, mint and cilantro in a
large bowl. Toss with the reserved sauce. Arrange dressed lettuce on a
serving platter and place the cucumber slices, slivered red pepper and
tomatoes decoratively around the platter. Sprinkle the slivered onions over
the top of the lettuce.
Slice the cooled steak, against the grain, into thin strips, then lay the
steak over the lettuce and onions. Garnish with additional cilantro leaves,
if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 4-6 - and can be stretched with
additional lettuce and vegetables.
Until my next update, I remain, your beefy correspondent.
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