Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ellie's Grilled Thai Beef Salad


  • 1 pound top-round London broil or flank steak, about 1 to 1 1/2-inches thick
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons red curry paste or chili-garlic sauce (check the int'l aisle)
  • 1/2 head red-leaf lettuce, torn (about 6 cups)
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup), divided, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup basil leaves, sliced into ribbons


Rinse and pat the meat dry. Place in a sealable plastic bag or small glass dish. In a medium bowl combine 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, soy sauce, canola oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and red curry paste. Pour half the mixture into the bag with the meat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice to the bag. Seal tightly, and marinate meat in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Reserve the rest of the mixture refrigerated, to dress the salad.

Spray grill or grill pan with cooking spray and preheat. Grill steak until medium-rare, about 5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. JT likes his more medium, so I cooked mine for about 7 on each side. Let rest until room temperature then slice thinly against the grain. Be patient; it's worth it!

Combine lettuce, sliced shallot, cilantro, basil and beef in a salad bowl, reserving a few shallots for garnish. I went light on the shallot, a bit heavier on the cilantro and added corn to it. Add the reserved dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad among 4 plates and garnish with reserved sliced shallots. JT said next time he would love crunchy Asian noodles with it. Sounds good to me!

Original recipe can be found here.


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