Spicy Thai Beef Salad

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A spicy Thai inspired salad, proving that salad-for-dinner can be a beautiful thing!


1 pound beef sirloin steak
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup shallots sliced thin
4 scallions cut into thin strips about 1 inch long
½ cup mint or basil leaves chopped fine
1 head red leaf lettuce washed and torn into bite size pieces


  • Rub the meat with black pepper. Sear quickly over high heat in a skillet or on a grill. Remove from heat and slice the steak thinly across the grain of the meat.
  • In a medium saucepan combine the water lime juice fish sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the meat and immediately remove from the heat. Transfer the meat and dressing to a large bowl.
  • Add the shallots scallions and mint. Toss gently. Add the greens and toss again.
  • Serve with Thai sticky rice or black rice.
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