One of my favorite things to order at Thai restaurants is the Thai Beef Salad. There’s something about the crisp vegetables mixed with the marinated beef and that delicious zippy dressing it is bathed in. Since I’m all about making restaurant quality meals at home, I would be a total jerkface if I didn’t share this recipe with you.
FISH SAUCE: It is super easy to make and you can find all the ingredients in your regular grocery store. The only “scary” ingredient in here is the fish sauce. I would never eat fish sauce plain, but when mixed with the right ingredients, it creates a beautiful flavor that is far from “fishy.” If you’ve ever eaten Southeast Asian food like Thai or Vietnamese (think Pho) then you’ve definitely eaten fish sauce. It gives it that distinct Southeast Asian taste and feel that you can’t quite put your finger on. Trust me on this one. You can find it in the Asian section of your grocery store. It should be near the soy sauce. It’s one of my favorite salads ever. I’ve even made a video with this one to show you just how easy it is.
Tips: You can add more crushed red pepper flakes to this recipe to make it more spicy, or add in a finely diced jalapeno or thai red chile (if you can find one). Another option is to marinate the flank steak whole and cook it whole before slicing if you are looking for medium-rare beef. Other tips: be generous with the cilantro and think of it as more of a salad component rather than a garnish, as well as be generous with the dressing. It packs a flavorful punch!
If you like this recipe you may be interested in these ones too:
- Easy Mongolian Beef
- 15 Minute Sriracha Ramen Noodles
- Korean Beef Bulgogi
- Thai Coconut Soup
- Orange Peel Shrimp