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Lime Beef Salad

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Category: Sauces, Dinner Party, Beef, Side Dishes, Salads

 Ingredients List

  • Vinaigrette:
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (use a Microplane)
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 8 ounces green cabbage, shredded as thin as possible
  • 1 plum tomato, halved lengthwise and sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 mango (find one that is slightly underripe and still firm), peeled, pitted, and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 red Fresno chile or jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • Beef:
  • 8 cups water
  • A small knob of ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces boneless beef, sirloin or eye-of-round
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, coarse stems removed, leaves and tender stems finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts


To make vinaigrette: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Cover and chill.

To make salad: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss well. Cover and chill.

To make the beef: Put the water, ginger, garlic, and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat, then turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 while you pound the beef.

Cut the beef into thin slices: you should have about 8. Once at a time, place each slice between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with the bottom of a small saucepan or rolling pin until paper-thin. Transfer to a plate.

Remove the chilled vinaigrette from the refrigerator. Using chopsticks or tongs, gently drop a few slices of beef into the simmering water and cook for just 10 seconds, or even less if you like your beef a little on the rare side. Remove the beef slices and immediately drop into the chilled vinaigrette. Repeat with the remaining beef slices.

Add the beef and vinaigrette to the salad. Toss gently and arrange on small salad plates. Top with the cilantro and peanuts and serve immediately.

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