Thai beef salad
Sunday 15 September 2013
I could never be a vegetarian – just the thought of it makes me crave steak. But I also need freshness and crunch in meals, so a Thai salad ticks all the boxes for me. It's pure comfort without guilt.
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 x 300g/10oz sirloin steaks
Half iceberg lettuce, cut into wedges
Handful mint leaves
Handful coriander leaves
1 small cucumber, cut into chunks
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Handful toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
For the dressing
1 lemongrass stalk, finely sliced
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
4 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp lime juice
Combine the oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Use to marinate the beef for 30 minutes, or ideally overnight.
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
To cook the beef, heat a frying pan or griddle pan over a high heat. Wipe the marinade off the steaks and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest then slice thinly.
Toss together the lettuce, herbs, cucumber, onion and beef in a bowl with the dressing. Top with the peanuts and serve.
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