Thai Beef Salad

Thai food is very special. I love that perfect combination of hot, sour, sweet and salty. This salad is a perfect example of how those flavours work together. The secret of this dish is to use good quality beef fillet and plenty of fresh herbs. Also, the fried peanut garnish provides not only a great taste but another contrasting texture. Try this, it’s excellent!

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Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • finely chopped coriander
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp nam pla (fish sauce)
  • 1 tsp sugar

Salad Ingredients

  • 300g beef fillet
  • sesame oil
  • fresh coriander and mint
  • mixed salad leaves, enough for 4 people
  • ½ cucumber
  • 8 small tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
  • fried peanuts, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients and leave to stand.
  2. Brush the beef fillet with sesame oil, season and grill for about 3 minutes each side. Meat should be rare/medium-rare. Let the meat rest while you prepare the salad.
  3. Combine the salad ingredients and divide between 4 plates. Slice the beef as thinly as possible, then lay on top of the salad. Pour the dressing over each salad and serve.
  4. Garnish with the fried peanuts.

Serves 4.

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