Thai Beef Salad with Spicy Sesame Dressing

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  • 4 servingsServings


  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 garlic gloves, chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) segment fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 Serrano chili pepper, seeded and minced, or to taste
  • 1 English or hothouse cucumber
  • 1 large head butter lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced (include some green tops)
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks or shredded
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro and/or mint
  • 1 lb. sliced deli roast beef


  1. Squeeze lime juice into jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add sesame oil, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and Serrano chili pepper. Screw lid on jar, and shake vigorously to mix. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  2. Halve cucumber lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Cut cucumber halves crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces and combine in bowl with cucumber. Add sugar snap peas, scallions, carrots, tomatoes, cilantro and/or mint, and beef. Drizzle with enough dressing to lightly coat leaves, and toss to mix. Divide salad among four plates, and serve immediately

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 320
  • Carbohydrate Content: 14 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 60 mg
  • Fat Content: 20 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Sugar Content: 8 g
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