Grilled Thai Steak Salad

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Grilled Thai Steak Salad

It was another scorcher down here in the South East of England yesterday. In my house that means it's a salad day. Something delicious that means minimal heat from the stove and something that you relish and enjoy sitting under the umbrella at the picnic table on the back patio.

Salad in my house is not just a mix of salad leaves with an obscure bottled dressing poured over top.

In my house . . . Salad is often the meal, the star of the show . . . Centre Stage.

We really enjoyed this grilled steak salad yesterday. It had a slightly Tai flavour, with a distinct bite coming from the red chilies and a wonderful tang from the lime. I also got to use up the rest of the cucumber, lettuce and radish from last week's veggie box . . . several days old, they were still crisp and delicious!

Grilled Thai Steak Salad

*Grilled Steak Salad on the Thai Side*
Makes 4 servings
Printable Recipe

I love the tangy dressing on this salad, with it's slight sweet and sour flavour, hot and spicy from the chilies and the sweet surprise of fresh pineapple.

5 TBS pineapple juice
1 TBS dark soy sauce
1 TBS groundnut oil
1 TBS toasted sesame oil
2 tsp fresh lime juice
the grated zest of one lime
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp finely grated fresh gingerroot
1 small clove of garlic, peeled and minced
large pinch of crushed red chili flakes
1/4 cup fresh pineapple, cut into a small dice
1 TBS finely chopped fresh coriander

1 pound of grilling steak (flank, top round, rump)
1 1/2 TBS vegetable oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 lightly packed cups of fresh salad leaves
1/2 English cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
3 big radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced spring onions, sliced on the diagonal

1/4 cup finely chopped chives

Make the dressing by whisking together all the ingredients. Set aside.

Place all the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix them together lightly with your hands.

Rub the steak with the oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill the steak on a hot grill for 4 to 5 minutes on one side. Flip over and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. (Alternately you can grill it in a hot pan. Sear it for some 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare.)

Season the salad leaves with some sea salt and black pepper and then toss with about half of the dressing. Divide amongst 4 serving plates. Thinly slice the steak across the grain and drape it over the salad leaves. Drizzle with some of the remaining dressing and sprinkle chives on top. Serve.

oven wedges

I added some homemade oven chips for Todd. (The ultimate steak and potato meal in my opinion) I just cut a few potatoes into wedges and then tossed them together with a bit of vegetable oil, a TBS or two of dry bacon and onion dressing mix, and some salt and pepper. 

 I banged them onto a baking tray and then roasted them for about 15 minutes at 205*C/425*F. These are so easy to do and you can vary the flavour however you like by using any variety of seasoning mixes. Curry ones are really nice!


  1. That sure is one great looking salad! The weather has been so good us here in England and anotherlovely day today too.

  2. Oh I do love a good salad dressing! I don't bother whisking it though, too much washing up, I just chuck the whole lot into a jar with a well fitting lid and give it a good shaking. I wonder how many calories you burn up shaking a jar of salad dressing?

    love, Angie, xx

  3. The perfect dinner solution at this time of year, Marie.

  4. I really love this salad Marie. Dear I love your Blog Header.
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  5. Dear Marie, Congratulations on another amazing blog, it is a joy to read each day, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work and beautiful pictures. MC. canada

  6. It's always hot down here, but those oven chips look worth heating up the oven!

  7. You are totally inspiring me, Marie,I am starting to love cooking like I use to before kids! I spent at least an hour and a half in the kitchen today. Enjoyable and I am having company tomorrow night so have been cooking ahead. We have always enjoyed entertaining~fun stuff. It is the day to day that gets me down but you are bringing me right out of it. Thank you!

  8. Love the oven fries...bacon and onion make everything delicious!

  9. I can't wait to try this grilled steak salad! It's that time of year when we need to eat light meals.

  10. This was so delicious. It's been a while since I made anything with Thai flavours and I'd forgotten just how lovely and fresh they are. I added a little lemon grass and fish sauce to the marinade and to serve, I sprinkled over chopped fresh coriander, mint and Thai basil along with some chopped roasted peanuts. I had no radishes, but instead added some sliced red onion, a small amount of baby spinach and rocket as I had those in the fridge.

    There’s something wonderful about the crisp vegetables mixed with the marinated beef and that delicious zippy dressing. I think that you could possibly use any protein to marinate, including tofu. I'm thinking that chicken or even salmon would also be nice.

    There is still a very cold wind off the sea, so it's not grill weather yet, but I made it in a hot skillet and it was really tasty. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and more meals like this.

    1. So pleased you tried this and enjoyed it Marie! It makes me really happy knowing that over there in Sweden my cooking twin is enjoying the fruits of my labors! I think you are right about this dressing being able to inject flavour into all sorts, even tofu! I doubt I will be grilling this year, but maybe next! Love your zippy and flavour-filled additions to the marinade! Thank YOU! xoxo


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