My version of Thai beef salad is so simple to make that you will be making it all summer.
I love Thai beef salad, mainly as it always has more beef than salads. You know what I am talking about? It is not salad with beef, it is beef salad! So it’s main star is beef and in the case steaks. Not that I have anything against salads, there are many more salads that I love like my Crispy Tofu Salad.
There are a few type of Beef salad in Thailand, depending on which part of Thailand you are form. Different cuts of beef and different vegetables and spice combination are use to create it’s own identity. One thing that is always the same. is it will be spicy, sour, sweet and salty.
Which one is my favorite? I really could not say it depends on what you feel like on the day I guess. Larb beef which is made with mince beef (mostly raw or very rare) is my go to in the winter! Although I have it cooked.
The Thai beef salad I am making today is my lighter less spicy interpretation of the classic Thai beef salad you get in most restaurant in the UK. I am using the dressing more like a marinate but instead of marinating it before you cook, I am marinating the steaks after you have cook it so that you get all the yummy juice from the beef. I promised you I have not gone mad. I saw Nigella made this italian beef dish on TV and I was thinking I could do that with a Yum Sauce, and so I did and it was delicious.
I have to say that this is not a traditional Thai beef salad. This is me marrying Thai salad dressing(yum sauce) and Italian dressing together. Oh, Yum Sauce is a spicy Thai salads dressing.
I think this is a great dish to have when you have friends over for summer lunch. It can be prepared ahead of time. It is also great for when you are having a few people over for BBQ, as you do not have to get a steak for each guest.( I know, I’m cheap)