Spicy Beef Salad

Here’s to adding a little fire to your life! Cheers!

This is one spicy salad. If you prefer a little less spicy, just reduce the peppers. I suggest adding a little pepper at a time until you figure out how much you prefer. It is a very refreshing dish that can be a great summer dinner. Just keep in mind that the beef tastes best if it has been allowed to marinade over night.

Marinade

lb beef flank steak or 1 lb beef sirloin steaks or 1 lb beef tenderloin
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons palm sugar
8 cloves garlic, minced

Mix ingredients in a Ziploc and let meat marinade from 2-24 hours in liquid. Char grill or broil meat to med rare, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let rest at least 10 minutes then slice VERY thin (1/4″ or less) against the grain. Use very good quality meat for this dish; you want it to be fork-tender and melt-in-your-mouth!

Dressing

2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
3 -4 tablespoons fish sauce (to taste); not to be mistaken with the fish paste
4 -6 shallots, minced
4 -6 serrano peppers, very finely minced or ground to paste
2 stalks lemongrass, remove outer stalk and slice very thin or grind
3 tablespoons toasted rice powder (ground fine)

Mix all dressing ingredients together 1+ hours before serving salad. Be sure to taste and make any necessary adjustments. The dressing should be SPICY, Sour, Salty and sweet in that order.

Salad

1 lb fresh salad greens (I use the bagged spring mix or butter lettuce)
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 bunch scallions or 1 bunch green onion, cut to ½ inch
1 cucumber, peeled & seeded cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes or wedges tomato
1 lemon, cut in half lengthwise and very thinly sliced (toss into salad for garnish/flavor)
1 cup fresh mint leaf, roughly chopped

Pour half of dressing over the red onions, lemon and mix in a LARGE salad bowl and let them absorb the flavor, 15 minutes.  Add lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and mint and the remainder of the dressing. Toss the salad until all ingredients are very well coated and mixed.

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