This is a great go-to salad because you can really use what you like and what is on hand. If you don’t have fish sauce, use soy sauce. Don’t like jalapeños? Leave them out. You can also use whatever fresh herbs are available... basil, mint or cilantro. This is pretty much a “clean the fridge” type of salad with a whole lot of flavor.
What will you create?
for the dressing you’ll need…
½ cup lime or lemon juice
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup chopped basil
3 gloves garlic
1 Tbsp. fresh finely minced ginger (optional)
for the salad you’ll need…
1 lb. cooked top sirloin steak or flank steak, sliced against the grain into thin slices
2 cups cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise, then seeded and cut into ½-inch half-moons
1 cups grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 cup thinly sliced red onions
4 green onions, sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, chopped (seed and devein if you don’t want the heat!)
6 cups shredded romaine, red romaine, red leaf or Bibb lettuce
¼ cup chopped basil leaves
let’s get to it…
Pulse the juice, fish sauce, basil, garlic and ginger (if using) in a blender until mixed; set aside.
Place the steak, cucumber, tomatoes, onions and pepper in a large bowl or in a gallon-size resealable Ziploc bag. Add dressing to the meat and vegetables and toss gently. Let marinate for at least 30-minutes if possible.
Place lettuce in a large bowl. Pour beef, vegetables and dressing onto lettuce and toss gently. Top with chopped basil leaves.
Try cooked shrimp or shredded chicken instead of the beef.
cooking know how… Fish sauce can be found in the ethnic section of your grocery store with the Asian or Thai foods. If you can’t find it, substitute soy sauce.
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