Thursday, August 20, 2009

CEiMB: Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Time for another installment of Craving Ellie in My Belly! This week's Ellie Krieger recipe is Grilled Thai Beef Salad, hosted by Jen B's Cooking Carveout. I've written often about how I love Thai flavors, and this was no exception. Not quite as flavorful as similar salads I've had in Thai restaurants, but still a very enjoyable at-home meal.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Cilantro is my most despised food, so I happily piled it onto Andy's plate and left it off of mine. He later informed me that it would have been nice of me to do something with it other than wash it and plop a big fistful of it, untrimmed, onto his plate (insert sheepish/devilish grin here). Otherwise, I stayed true to the recipe. We had a deliciously ripe mango for dessert, and I kind of wish I had added it to the salad, it would have been a welcome hit of color and sweetness.

Thai Grilled Beef Salad
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Printable Recipe

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 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons red curry paste or chili-garlic sauce
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

1. Rinse and pat the meat dry. Place in a resealable 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, give it a good shake, and marinate meat in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Reserve the rest of the mixture refrigerated, to dress the salad.

2. Spray grill or grill pan with cooking spray and preheat. Grill steak until medium-rare, about 5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. Let rest until room temperature then slice thinly against the grain.

3. Combine lettuce, sliced shallot, cilantro, basil and beef in a salad bowl, reserving a few shallots for garnish. Add the reserved dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad among 4 plates and garnish with reserved sliced shallots.


Tres Jolie Studios said...

Thai Beef Salad is one of my absolute favorites. I am a cilantro fiend (or coriander as they call it here) so I would have been happy with your portion - uncut and all!

(wife.) said...

Whatever. At least you washed it. ;-)

Pamela said...

Looks great! The beef looks perfect to me.

Anonymous said...

Looks really good. We found out Ted doesn't like cilantro either - although he has never identified it before as the source for bad taste.
Like the mango idea!

Bella Baker said...

Your salad looks great! I don't eat red meat, so I made mine with chicken. I loved it! I also added about a million extra ingredients!! :)

Anonymous said...

LOL - we aren't cilantro fans here either. Washing it is about as much as I want to do with it as well :)

Looks great!

Sara said...

Haha - yes, cilantro is awful. Luckily the boyfriend hates it too so it never enters our house.

Your salad look great. I have not had much Thai food so I never know how authentic these Ellie recipes are, but they are definitely tasty.

Alyssa said...

Dare I say I like cilantro...?! LOL - but not too much!

I think adding mango would have been great! I will probably try this next time to mellow out the onion flavor and sweeten it up a bit.

Mary Camu said...

This looks AMAZING!!!!! If I didn't have to go out and buy everything thing on the list, I'd be making it right now!! Maybe tomorrow.

Thank you for making my dinners exciting again!

geisha_me said...

This looks delicious Amy! I wish Jeremy could eat beef, I'd try making that!

Maria Salomon said...

I may just have to add that mango next time!

Linda said...

Sounds delicious. Going to have to try it!

Jennifer said...

Looks great! Thanks for cooking with me this week.

test it comm said...

That salad looks amazing with that perfectly cooked beef!

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