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4.75 from 4 votes

Easy Thai Beef Salad

Skip the take-out and make this Easy Thai Beef Salad that tastes just like it came from a restaurant. It's ready in just 15 minutes!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Beef Salad
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 257kcal



  • 1 lb beef flank steak thinly sliced against the grain
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 4 limes juiced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 2 to matoes halved and sliced
  • 1 cucumber halved and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce sliced


  • In a small mixing bowl, use your hands to toss together flank steak, lime juice, fish sauce, crushed garlic, and crushed red pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 hour.
  • Make the dressing in a small mixing bowl by whisking together lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Once the beef has marinated, heat a heavy skillet or grill pan over high heat. Cook the beef, 1 to 2 minutes per side and then transfer to a bowl. Working in batches may make this easier and it cooks so quickly it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to cook a whole pound of beef.
  • Compile the salad on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh cilantro, red onion, and the beef. I like to make mine in layers so that the toppings are dispersed throughout the salad. Pour the dressing generously over the salad before serving.



If you are in a hurry, you can skip marinating the beef. Marinating it for an hour just gives it a little more time to soak up the flavor.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 2011mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1410IU | Vitamin C: 40.7mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3.1mg