Thai Steak Salad

Makes 4 – 6 servings

Steak Marinade

½ TB minced fresh ginger

¼ cup soy sauce

3 TB brown sugar

2 TB lime juice

½ TSP black pepper

½ TSP garlic powder

¼ cup olive oil

1 TB sesame oil

1 flank steak, trimmed

In a large Ziploc bag, combine all the ingredients with a whisk except the steak. Place the steak in the bag with the marinade. Tightly seal the bag and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours.

Once ready to cook, remove from marinade and pat dry. Lightly salt both sides with Kosher salt. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grill in a grill pan or outside on a BBQ grill about 6 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 135˚ F for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest.


Dressing

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 TB chili paste like sambal oelek. You may add up to ¼ cup if you like it more spicy

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 TB sugar

1 TB honey

1 garlic clove, minced

Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste. You can make this one day ahead and store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

(Sambal oelek – is just freshly ground chili peppers. Oelek refers to the device, mortar and pestle used to smash it)


Salad

1 package ramen noodles, cooked in a pot of salted boiling water according to package, drained

1 TSP sesame oil

1 mango, peeled and diced

2 cups arugula

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

2 green onions, sliced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cups cabbage, shredded

1 avocado, sliced

½ cup cilantro, stems removed and chopped

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

¼ cup mint leaves

¼ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup chopped nuts

Lime wedges, for garnish

To assemble

Toss the ramen noodles and oil in a large bowl. Add the mango, arugula, carrots, green onions, tomatoes and cabbage. Combine thoroughly with the dressing. Add the avocado, cilantro, basil, mint, coconut and nuts. Gently combine.

Slice the steak and place a portion on each plate topped with a generous portion of salad. Garnish with additional nuts and lime wedges.


**You can substitute any protein you prefer instead of steak!


Adapted from Bon Appétit

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