We honeymooned in Thailand and I did indeed eat a lot of salads – this, however, is a more Americanized version. Most salads in Southern Thailand (I can’t really speak to other parts) come with seafood and more often than lettuce you will find a plate filled with tomatoes, herbs, onion, cabbage, and possibly fruit. Every dish came with fruit for dessert which is why I include fruit in the salad. The dressing uses a lot of classic Thai flavors: fish sauce, cilantro, and chile. I prepared this for a dinner party and let everyone make their own salad – just arrange everything in separate bowls and they can pick what they like best. It is a fresh and tasty summer dish and you can always sub the beef for chicken, tofu, or fish using the same marinade and preparing on the grill.
Flank Steak Marinade
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup less-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. steak seasoning (I love the Badia brand; or you can just use fresh cracked pepper & salt)
- 1 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, about 2 limes
- 2 tbsp. less-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 tsp. grated orange rind
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 small Serrano chile, seeds removed (*this will produce a very slight heat, if you want more add the entire chile, seeds included)
- 3 lbs. flank steak
- 1 head Napa cabbage, sliced thinly or shredded
- 1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped (or another leafy green lettuce)
- 1 cucumber, sliced into half moons
- 1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped
- 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 can diced pineapple, drained
Begin by preparing your marinade – simply combine all ingredients and let sit.
Score the surface of the steak with a sharp knife, about 1/4 inch deep, across the grain of the steak. Place in a large baking dish or a large zip-lock. Add the marinade and chill for at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, prepare your Thai dressing. In a food processor, combine all dressing ingredients and process until smooth. Set aside.
Prepare your salad by rinsing and prepping your cabbage and lettuce, place in a large bowl. Remove the leaves from the cilantro stems – (I like to add whole leaves rather than chopped leaves) – add to the salad bowl. Prep the other salad ingredients and either add to the large bowl or place in individual bowls for people to serve themselves.
Heat a grill or large skillet to high heat, cook steak, turning once. Flank steak is best cooked medium rare, so you only need to cook about 3 minutes per side depending on the thickness.
Let rest for a few minutes and slice into thin strips. Toss the lettuce with the Thai dressing and serve the salad with steak on the side.
Recipe Source: Original
Time: 40 minutes (plus 2 hours marinade time)