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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spicy Basil Beef Salad

I'm so excited that it's becoming salad season for more people!!  It feels odd to be making salads when everyone else is craving casseroles and other comfort foods.  Finally the weather in the rest of the country is catching up to us!!  And what a great way to celebrate!!  This salad is a good way to welcome in the warmer weather!!  Deliciously spicy and wonderful, you will want to put this in your weekly rotation!!  And what's great, you can use any other protein in place of beef...heck, toss some tofu in the dressing and toss that on!  It can work in so many ways!

Spicy Basil Beef Salad
Adapted from Rasa Malaysia: Easy Asian Recipes
- Serves 2 -
Printable Recipe 
10-12oz boneless New York strip steak
olive oil
salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek chili paste
1/8 teaspoon sugar
10-12 Thai or sweet Italian basil leaves (or to taste)
4-5 cups torn green leaf lettuce
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered or halved

Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.  Clean and oil grill grates.  Drizzle olive oil over both sides of each steak and season with salt and pepper.  Place the steak directly over the fire and grill 5-8 minutes per side.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for at least 5-8 minutes before thinly slicing.

Meanwhile, in a measuring cup, mix together the soy, lime, sesame oil, fish sauce, Sambal and sugar until well combined; set aside.

Place the lettuce in a large bowl or plate, top with basil leaves, cucumber, tomato and steak.  Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

One Year Ago:  Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken
Two Years Ago:  Spicy Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Pineapple Salsa
Three Years Ago:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream


StephenC said...

You had me at steak. Then you reeled me in at basil.

Yenta Mary said...

Spring is here - it's in the 50s! 70 tomorrow, 40 over the weekend ... welcome to Michigan. But Spring is definitely here, and this salad is perfect for the occasion!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You have made my oatmeal look pale and unappetizing. I love the flavors you have packed into this dish. It sounds wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Angie's Recipes said...

I too love salads when the weather is warm enough. Your steak salad looks yum yum!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said... refreshing! And filling. The BEST kind of salad.

Pam said...

I am loving this one! The steak looks perfectly cooked and the salad sounds tasty.

Unknown said...

wow this looks so good!

Delectably Green said...

fabulous flavors! I love a proper salad like this - strong flavors - and steak!
Mary x

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

That looks so good, Jenn. I'm determined to make more salads this "Salad Season."

Unknown said...

That salad looks fantastic and the beef is cooked just perfect! I absolutely love it Jenn.

Pam said...

This looks and sounds great, but we're still in the winter mode so I will save it. I love beef salads. The flooding is horrendous in the Chicago area, not easy to drive anywhere with all the roads flooded, and then there's basements and so forth. Wish we would've moved your way! Have a good weekend!

Lea Ann said...

You're killing me with all these good recipes you're posting. Another pinned.