Discover an easy Thai beef salad, that is not only simple to make but will transport you to Thailand. The classic balanced flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and salty create a delicious fresh salad that you are sure to love. Let us walk you through how to recreate this beautiful dish!
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How to make a Thai salad dressing?
This recipe uses a classic Nam Jim dressing, which also works as a Thai dip so a great versatile recipe to learn.
The dressing is full of classic Thai ingredients. Simply pound these together using a pestle and mortar to build a delicious flavour. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, a mini chopper will work too.
The important thing to remember is taste, taste, taste. Creating delicious Thai food is about balancing the sweet, sour, spice and salt. You need to create and build this from the start so taste and adjust as you go. Follow our recipe below and we’ll walk you through making this dressing.
How to cook the perfect beef steak
For this salad, we recommend using a sirloin or fillet cut. Take your beef out of the fridge 30 mins before cooking. This will allow the meat to cook evenly.
Season both sides of the meat. Heat your frying pan and add a little oil. Allow your pan to get hot before adding the meat, you are aiming for the oil in the pan to be lightly smoking. Add your meat to the pan allowing each side to sear for 3 minutes. Once you place the meat in the pan dont move it around, allow it to maintain contact with the pan. This will give you the ideal cook on your beef which for this dish is rare to medium rare. You can cook it a little longer each side if you prefer it medium.
Once removed from the pan, allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes. This gives the meat time to relax, making it more tender and juicy. It also gives you time to prepare the salad ingredients!
We hope we have inspired you to give this tasty but easy Thai beef salad a go. There are some great techniques and flavours you can apply to other dishes too. If fresh, vibrant flavours are your thing this dish is sure to become a new favourite.
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Easy Thai Beef Salad
Nam Jim dressing
- 3 cloves Garlic Peeled
- 1 ½ Red chilli De seeded, rough chopped
- ½ bunch Coriander stalks Rough chopped (use the leaves in the salad)
- 2 Lemons Juice only (or replace with 3 limes)
- 1 tbsp Palm sugar
- 2 tsp Fish sauce
- 250 g Beef sirloin (or beef fillet)
- 1 cup Mung beans (Bean sprouts)
- 1 stick Vermicelli noodles Soaked in boiling water
- ½ cup Cucumber Sliced
- 10 Cherry tomatoes Halved
- ¼ Red chilli Sliced
- ¼ Red onion Sliced
- small bunch Picked coriander and mint
- Handful Roasted peanuts Chopped
- Sprinkle Fried shallots
Nam Jim Dressing
- To make your dressing firstly grab your pestle and mortar and add the garlic, chilli, coriander stalks and pound to a paste.
- Add the sugar and pound into the mix. Then add the lemon juice and mix well.
- Use the fish sauce to season to taste. You want to find a balance of sweet, sour, spicy and salty. Fish sauce can be quite overpowering so add slowly and taste as you go.
Cooking Your Beef
- Take your beef out of the fridge ½ an hour before you are wanting to cook it. (This allows the meat to cook evenly)
- Heat your fry pan and add a little canola oil. Season both sides of your beef generously with salt and pepper. Once the oil in the pan its lightly smoking add your seasoned piece of beef. Allow to sear on each side for 3 minutes. This will give you the ideal cook on your beef for this dish which is rare-medium rare.
- Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes, this allows the meat to relax making it more tender and juicy.
- While your beef is resting. Grab a large bowl and add all the salad ingredients, add about 5 tablespoons of dressing to your salad and give it a good mix.
- Slice your rested piece of beef across the grain and add to your salad, mix well.
- Assemble your salad into nice piles in your bowls, making sure you evenly distribute the ingredients. Drizzle over a couple more spoons of dressing and then sprinkle over your chopped peanuts and fried shallots.
- Enjoy the fresh flavours and be transpoted to Thailand with this amazing salad.