Fiery Beef Salad

This entrée salad is somehow hearty and light at the same time. If the weather doesn’t permit grilling, the steak can be broiled instead.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped serrano chili
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak
  • 1 inner stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
  • ⅔ cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup cucumber, finely sliced
  • ½ cup tomato, finely sliced
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 small heads Bibb lettuce

Directions

  • Preheat grill.
  • Combine basil, serrano chilies, garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, black pepper, and lemon juice in a blender and process until almost smooth; set aside.
  • Season the steak with salt and pepper. Grill to medium-rare (about 4 minutes per side), or to your liking. Transfer the steak to a platter, cover with foil, and let rest for 5–10 minutes before carving.
  • Slice the beef across the grain into thin slices.
  • Place the beef slices, any juices from the platter, and the remaining salad ingredients, except the lettuce, in a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • To serve, place lettuce on individual plates and mound the beef mixture on top of the lettuce.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped serrano chili
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak
  • 1 inner stalk lemongrass, finely sliced
  • ⅔ cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup cucumber, finely sliced
  • ½ cup tomato, finely sliced
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 small heads Bibb lettuce

Directions

  • Preheat grill.
  • Combine basil, serrano chilies, garlic, brown sugar, fish sauce, black pepper, and lemon juice in a blender and process until almost smooth; set aside.
  • Season the steak with salt and pepper. Grill to medium-rare (about 4 minutes per side), or to your liking. Transfer the steak to a platter, cover with foil, and let rest for 5–10 minutes before carving.
  • Slice the beef across the grain into thin slices.
  • Place the beef slices, any juices from the platter, and the remaining salad ingredients, except the lettuce, in a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • To serve, place lettuce on individual plates and mound the beef mixture on top of the lettuce.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories200
Total Fat4g
Saturated Fat2g
Cholesterol60mg
Sodium720mg
Total Carbohydrate16g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars10g
Protein25g