Thai Beef Salad with Lime Dressing

Ditch the delivery in favor of a light and refreshing recipe for Thai Beef Salad with Lime Dressing.

Two plates containing easy Thai Beef Salad with Lime Dressing garnished with peanuts

Thin crust pizza, soup dumplings and chicken tikka masala all have their spots on my Takeout Hall of Fame roster. But when it comes to getting food delivered to my door, I just can’t wrap my mind around ordering a salad.

Call me crazy, but raw veggies are best straight from the fridge crisper drawer, when they’re ice-cold and oh-so-fresh.

Top down view of plate containing Thai beef salad garnished with chopped peanuts and cheese

And that leads me to this lettuce-less take on a traditional Thai Beef Salad starring your steak cut-of-choice, cucumber, fresh herbs and toasted peanuts, all tossed in a citrusy, sweet lime dressing.

Seared ribeye steak on grill pan

But before we get to assembly, would you check out that meat?!

Your choice of a ribeye or top sirloin steak is marinated in the perfect mix of lime juice, brown sugar and soy sauce to complete the sour-sweet-salty trifecta.

Glass bowl containing whisk and lime dressing

And then it’s on to the dressing. That same trifecta of flavors gets a hint of heat, courtesy of very thinly sliced Thai chilies.

Not a fan of spice? Simply omit them before moving on to the rainbow of veggies and herbs that awaits your plate…

Glass bowl with Thai salad ingredients: cucumber, shallots, mint, cilantro and cherry tomatoes

If you look closely, you’ll notice there’s not a lettuce leaf in sight. Cucumbers, shallots, tomatoes, cilantro and mint make up the base of this spruced up Thai Beef Salad, where the tender slices of beef are tossed together with the dressing to ensure they soak up every ounce of flavor.

Feeling extra authentic? Toast up some rice then give it a good crush before sprinkling it atop your salad for a touch of crouton-less crunch in every bite.

Two plates containing Thai Beef Salad next to two small bowls containing peanuts and limes

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Thai Beef Salad with Lime Dressing

For the steak marinade:

  • 1 1/2
    ribeye or top sirloin steak
  • 1/4
    soy sauce
  • 1/4
    light brown sugar
  • 1/4
    fresh lime juice
  • 4
    stalks lemongrass, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced

For the lime dressing:

  • 1/3
    fish sauce
  • 1/4
  • 1/2
    fresh lime juice
  • 1/4
    olive oil
  • 1 – 3
    Thai chilies, thinly sliced (optional)

For the salad:

  • 1
    English cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1/2
    thinly sliced shallots
  • 2
    fresh mint leaves
  • 2
  • 2
    halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2
    toasted peanuts, chopped

Marinate the steak:

In a sealable plastic bag, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, lemongrass and garlic. Add the steak, seal the bag and shake it around to coat the steak. Refrigerate the steak for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 24 hours. 

Make the lime dressing:

In medium mixing bowl whisk together the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, olive oil and Thai chilies (optional). 

Cook the steak:

Preheat the grill or grill pan and cook the steak for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes while you assemble the salad. 

Assemble the salad:

In a large mixing bowl, toss together cucumber, shallots, mint, cilantro, cherry tomatoes and nuts.

Dress the salad with the prepared vinaigrette then slice the steak and arrange it atop the salad.

Garnish with chopped peanuts and serve immediately. 

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Nutrition Facts

Thai Beef Salad with Lime Dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 762
Calories from Fat 423

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 47g

Saturated Fat 13g

Cholesterol 103mg

Sodium 2570mg

Potassium 1227mg

Total Carbohydrates 47g

Dietary Fiber 4g

Sugars 31g

Protein 43g

Vitamin A

Vitamin C



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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