Thai Beef Salad


Thai Beef Salad | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I hope that all of you Mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  It was a gorgeous day here in Colorado.  We drove up into the mountains and did one of our favorite hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.  They still had lots of snow up there, so we actually got to snowshoe one last time this season.  It was a little strange to be in the 70’s and have lots of snow around.  It was a great day to spend together as a family.

Thai Beef Salad | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

So, my husband requested salad for dinner.  If you know him, you know that this is completely out of sorts for him.  Well, he got me Simply Ming in Your Kitchen and was having fun picking out recipes to try.  One of the ones he mentioned was this Thai Beef Salad. I half thought he was kidding, but figured I better make it quickly, before he changed his mind.  Two days later, we had this for dinner.

Thai Beef Salad | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Guess what!  He wants to have it again!  My salad hating husband, is requesting that I make this salad again.  That is how you know it is good.  The dressing is tangy and full of Asian flavor.  The warm steak on top puts it over the top.  I used a sirloin when I made it, but next time I think I am going to up the anti and use a filet.  Use whatever cut you like, grill the steak if the weather is good, just make this soon!

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  • 10-12 oz sirloin or strip steak, about 1 inch thick
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Tbls canola oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (reserve 1 Tbls for garnish)
  • 1/2 Serrano pepper, minced (or jalapeno)
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 Tbls fish sauce
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix (substitute small head of white cabbage, small head of radicchio and 2 carrots all finely chopped)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbls of oil, swirl to coat the pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Add the steak to the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, 5 minutes for medium, and 6 for well done. *Times depend on how thick the steak is.
  2. Remove cooked steak from the pan, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Return the pan to medium heat. Saute shallots, green onions, and Serrano pepper until soft, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, add lime juice and fish sauce. Whisk in 3 Tbls of canola oil.
  4. In a large bowl toss the warm dressing with the coleslaw mix. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Slice steak about 1/4 inch thick
  6. To serve divide coleslaw mixer onto 4 plates. Place a few strips of steak over the salad, and garnish with green onions.


Slightly adapted from Simply Ming In Your Kitchen

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  1. Glad you had a nice Mother’s Day, it sounds wonderful :) I have a salad-hating husband too – I’ll have to try this one on him and see if it works. The flavor combo is definitely up our alley!

  2. So glad you had a nice Mother’s Day! This salad looks fabulous :)

  3. That beef is PERFECTLY cooked!!

  4. Great salad! I keep saying I’m going to eat more salads. Need to work on that.

  5. I can see why he wants it again. It looks delicious. My mom requested fresh air for Mother’s Day. I guess the winter in Maine really got to her this year. Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. What a fun way to spend Mother’s Day! I love salads like this – the Thai flavors are so refreshing!

  7. A nice simple salad that I am craving for :)

  8. This looks excellent! Nicely done my dear!

  9. Oh my heavens, does that beef look mouthwatering… In fact, the whole dish does!! Great recipe, Erin!

  10. This is my kind of salad, it sounds and looks fabulous!

  11. Asian-style salads have something really special going on. My husband wasn’t always so into salads either, but he’s turned over a new leaf since we moved to Thailand – the variety and flavors are incredible. This looks really fantastic!

  12. My hubby would LOVE this salad!

  13. Oooh! Give me the steak. You take the salad. That would be an awesome arrangement!

  14. I bet you have some pretty awesome hiking in your area–jealous!! It’s so beautiful in Colorado.

    Happy Belated Mother’s Day, Erin. I’ve been craving Thai Beef Salad for weeks and this has just made me want it more. :)

  15. Enjoy that gorgeous weather Erin! Your steak salad is perfect for the warmer nights we will be enjoying;-) My husband will love this recipe-it’s such a healthy lighter way to serve steak-thanks for your recipe 😉

  16. What a delicious way to cap off a gorgeous day spent hiking! This salad looks fabulous!!

  17. So delicious! I am sucker for Thai flavors so this is right what I would love for my dinner now! Great recipe!

  18. Hope you had a great Mother’s Day! This salad is simply perfect for a quick weekday dinner. I bet your family loved it!

  19. Hope you had a fabulous mother’s day. :) This a fabulous salad.. I love anything Thai and it is making my mouth water. :)

  20. I am a big fan of Thai beef salad – the spicier the better! Nothing beats a dish like this…maybe a bottle of Singha beer :)

    • This was pretty spicy! I scaled back the amount of peppers I used in real life in this recipe, because it was SPICY!!

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