If you've ever been timid about making your own Thai food in the kitchen, this hearty and healthy salad is the perfect starter recipe. Cucumber and romaine will help you hydrate, while the warm lean beef offers over 34 grams of protein. Dietician Julie Upton, MS, RD suggests serving this salad alongside jasmine rice for a balanced dinner. You'll also be glad to know this recipe is just as delicious the next day. Leftovers, anyone?
If you can't find Thai chili peppers, feel free to sub in 1 serrano pepper or 1/2 jalapeño pepper.
- 1/3 cup jasmine rice, dry
1 pound top sirloin steak
1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1/4 medium red onion, sliced
1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
- For the dressing:
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 or 2 Thai chili peppers, chopped
- In a large pot, combine 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup jasmine rice, and bring to a rolling boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from the heat, and after 5 minutes, fluff the rice with a fork.
- Set your oven to broil, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for your steak. With the oven door slightly open, broil your steak for 12 minutes, then flip the steak and broil for another 5 minutes. Make sure that the juices run clear once you stick a fork into the steak to ensure it has cooked through.
- Meanwhile, slice and chop all your vegetables, then prepare the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, shake well, then pour into a large bowl.
- Remove the steak from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice your steak into cubes or thin slices, and add the steak to the large bowl with the dressing. Mix well until all the dressing covers everything. Then add the cucumbers, red onions, tomato, and romaine; mix well, and serve into bowls.
- Serve 1/3 cup cooked jasmine rice on the side, or mix the rice into your salad bowl.
- Top off your salad with fresh cilantro leaves, and enjoy.
Source: Calorie Count
- Main Dishes
- North American
- 3 servings
- Total Time
- 39 minutes, 59 seconds
- Calories per serving