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Thai Basil Beef Salad

With springtime here the temperatures will start rising to warmer days and with such beautiful clear days who wants to cook after a long day at the office or commute home?

Well this is one of many quick easy salads recipes that can be made in advance, marinated overnight, or cooked on the fly.

Tasty, healthy, fast and easy and fresh!

Note: You can substitute fish sauce for “Hoisin sauce” also for best results make the dressing the day before.


For the Dressing

1/2 cup fresh mint coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shallots sliced thin
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp green onions, chopped
2 Tbsp chili paste with garlic (Sambal Orek)
1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp lemon grass peeled and chopped very fine

For the Salad:
1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed of excess fat
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup mixed basil leaves, such as sweet basil, Thai basil, lemon basil
2 cups spring mix lettuce
2 Heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup red onion sliced thin
1/2 cup english cucumber, sliced thin


Prepare grill: clean off with grill brush and using tongs take a small kitchen towel folded, then soaked in oil, rub across the grates.

Next prepare the dressing and combine ingredients, stirring until sugar
dissolves completely. This can be done the night before.

Take steak and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place steak on a
grill rack coated with cooking oil; grill 4 minutes on each side for rare or
until desired degree of doneness.

Remove from grill and allow steak to rest for 15 minutes. Once rested cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

Place steak, lettuce, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss well to coat. Serve immediately.

Thai Basil Beef Salad

Thai Basil Beef Salad

Ciao~from my beloved BlackBerry, Clarissa 🙂

In case you have never heard of Hoisin Sauce or Sambal Oelek I added photo’s of them both, and they are fairly easy to find in most major grocery stores.

Hoisin Sauce

Hoisin Sauce













Sambal Oelek

Sambal Oelek





About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

2 responses »

  1. mouthwatering recipe really … Beef with basil and all other fine herbs always work well..



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