Sweet, salty, and spicy, this Crispy Thai Steak Salad recipe has it going on; and by 'it' I mean a delicious marriage of flavor and texture in less than 10 minutes. This simple salad is prepared with a Thai-inspired peanut dressing, and sesame marinated steak tossed with crunchy cruciferous vegetables and cooling mint leaves.
Eating ‘healthy’ is no longer ubiquitous with simple leafy salads and low-fat dressings, in reality it is the complete opposite. A good salad should be fulfilling and mimic a farm on a plate; full of diversity, pleasingly colorful, and prepared with fresh ingredients. Salads are one of my favorite dishes to bring over to a friends house because I love going to the farmers market to pick up fresh ingredients and put in little effort to make a delicious plant-centric dish.
This crispy Thai steak salad recipe is sure to hit the spot and can be prepared with a variety of shaved raw vegetables and refreshing herbs. Raw Cruciferous vegetables such as, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage are great additions to any salad when chopped or shredded into fine pieces. They add crunch and most are rich in phytonutrients as well as vitamins and minerals (1).
For quick meal prep, purchase some pre-cut zucchini noodles and pre-washed vegetable slaw (a good slaw mix typically has shredded cabbage and carrots).
The best part of using a variety of vegetables in your salads is being able to cross-utilize ingredients for other recipes. If you are preparing this as a part of your weekly meal prep utilizing Trifecta A La Carte ingredients, add this kelp noodle pad thai recipe to your list; you’ll be able to cross-utilize effectively with a little planning and choosing your own protein.
How to prepare Crispy Thai Steak Salad Recipe
Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
What you will need:
- 16 ounces Trifecta flat-iron steak
For the Marinade:
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 thai chili pepper, minced or 1 teaspoon minced serrano pepper
- 4 tablespoons mint, chopped
For the Salad:
- 2 cups zucchini noodles or kelp noodles
- 2 cups shredded slaw mix
- ¼ cup cashews, roasted and chopped
- 1 tablespoon Thai-Peanut Sesame Sauce
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped mint
Or try out the sauces from these other Thai inspired recipes:
Step 1: Marinade and cook the steak
Trim the steak into ½-inch cubes and marinate the steak for 4-5 minutes before cooking.
Make sure to marinate your protein first and then prepare the rest of the ingredients for time efficient meal-prep.
To cook, heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil or spray with coconut oil spray, then sauté the beef for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned and heated through.
Alternatively place your cubbed steak into an Air-fryer and cook for 2 minutes at 400 degrees for extra crispy steak bites!
Step 2: Prepare your dressing and salad
Preparing your own thai inspired dressing at home is as simple as whisking a few ingredients in a bowl. Follow the instructions for the Thai Peanut-Sesame Sauce, feel free to sub almond butter.
For the salad we utilized store bought zucchini noodles and a pre-cut slaw mix to save time. The mixed noodles and vegetables create a crunchy and flavorful salad sure to fill you up.
Pro tip: if you are unable to source zucchini noodles, buy whole zucchini and use a vegetable peeler to peel thin slices for your salad or stir fry; this works for carrots, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables as well.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to this recipe exactly, add more color and nutritional value by loading up on other ingredients that compliment this recipe such as:
- Thinly sliced red bell peppers
- Steamed edamame beans
- Shredded Kale
- Sliced Oranges
- Roasted Acorn Squash
- Sliced Cucumbers
- Snap Peas
- Marinated Sesame Tofu
The combinations are endless!
Step 3: Mix and eat
In a large bowl, mix your salad dressing with the noodles and vegetables then top with the sautéd steak, toasted cashews, and additional chopped fresh herbs.
Storing and Serving
Preparing salads with hearty vegetables increases the shelf life of the salads exponentially; instead of pulling out wilted greens, this crunchy salad mix will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.
It also tastes amazing when left to marinade in the dressing overnight!