South East Asian cuisine, and particularly Thai food has an amazing balance of fresh and healthy options. The use of aromatic ingredients help lift the humblest of vegetables to another level. Once such treasure is the super simple Thai beef salad recipe. Tender slices of steak are tossed with a wonderful combination of herbs and vegetables that bring texture alongside the most intoxicating dressing.
Balance is key to every Thai dish, and it's never so evident as in this beef salad recipe. Tangy, sweet tomatoes are paired with shallots and crunchy cooling cucumber to form the vegetable base. To maximise the flavour, generous amounts of fresh mint and cilantro are added - they act as the leaves for the salad, and bring so much flavour on their own. But it’s the dressing that does all the heavy lifting, injecting a quintessential Thai personality. Salty fish sauce, sweet palm sugar and sour lime work in perfect harmony in creating an explosion of South East Asian goodness. And no Thai salad would be complete without a pop of chilli heat - just how hot you make yours is up to you, but I like my Thai Salads SPICY so am always sure to ramp up the heat. How much spice is too much spice?