Thai Steak Salad with Peanut Sauce

I’m so happy to share a recipe featuring steak!!!  And this is a really good cut of meat, specifically, beef tenderloin.  I haven’t had one of those in ages and I didn’t want to mess up the cooking, so my husband cooked that part of this Thai Steak Salad for me.  He got it just right too!
Because this meal is a salad, all you have to do is prepare the marinade, and then be patient while the meat marinates at least four hours, or up to overnight.  It’s easy to throw the cold salad ingredients together, then I take a short-cut and top the salad with my store-bought peanut dressing!  
(ingredient portions depend on how many people you are feeding and what you like in your salad).
Beef tenderloin or flank steak- 1 pound 
Romaine lettuce
Red onion
Cashews (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)
Basil and/or cilantro (optional)
*Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce (or other peanut sauce) 
Juice of 1 lime
Low sodium soy sauce- 3 tablespoons
Canola oil- 3 tablespoons
Brown sugar- 2 tablespoons
Minced garlic- 1 tablespoon
Red curry paste- 1 teaspoon
To make the marinate, combine the above ingredients into a large plastic ziploc bag. 
Pat the meat dry with paper towels and add to the bag with the marinade.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.  I did 4 hours and it was great. 

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To cook the steak, spray a grill pan with cooking spray and heat pan to medium-high heat.  Cook for about five minutes per side until medium rare, or longer for more doneness.  Let rest until room temperature and then slice thinly. 
Assemble the salads by adding the romaine, cabbage, onion, avocado, and mango.  You can also add fresh herbs and cashes if desired.  
I love this peanut sauce, but it’s a little spicy, so I pour it into a bowl and thin it with a bit of water and add lime juice to it.  It you like some kick, it’s great on it’s own.  

This salad is so good!  Especially when you mix everything up and all the flavors meld together.  
I’m sure this will be in our dinner rotation again in the near future! 



  1. July 18, 2014 / 4:40 am

    This looks amazing! I'm going to have to make it soon!

  2. July 18, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Love that peanut sauce, it is so good! I like those big bowls too, perfect size for salads.

  3. July 19, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Please give amount of ginger. It's in the photo but not in your ingredients list. Thanks

  4. July 19, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    This looks DELISH! It's definitely going on my list of meals to make before summer is over!

  5. July 20, 2014 / 6:52 am

    looks great, will definitely try it. Your little helper is the cutest. @FITNESSNLIFESTYLE

  6. July 21, 2014 / 6:16 am

    Can you tell me where you got the 2-tier stand on the counter in the background of the picture with your son? It looks like it has onions on the top tier. I've been looking for one similar to this but can't seem to find it. Thanks!

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