Spicy steak salad

When I add a new cookbook to my collection, I hope for 3 – 5 inspirations. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. One of my very successful purchases was the Cooking Light Big Book of Salads. I have used it so many times that it is falling apart. That doesn’t stop me from turning to it for further ideas.

I gave it to Samantha on Sunday and asked her to choose a salad. She picked a spicy beef and rice noodle salad. She ended up being a little disappointed because the recipe calls for habanero pepper and I had to substitute jalapeno. The bright side is that you can add the peppers after the fact so I skipped the heat altogether and let Keith and Samantha divide the minced jalapeno.

Spicy beef and rice noodle salad

  • 4 oz rice-flour noodles
  • 12 oz flank steak, trimmed of fat
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced red onion (or scallion)
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or jabanero pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1 TB fish sauce
  • fresh basil leaves

Cook needles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Chop.

Freeze steak for 5- 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and slice thinly across the grain. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and cook steak until done (about 4 minutes).

Combine steak, noodles, lettuce, onion, cucumber and peppers. Whisk together lime juice, sugar and fish sauce and pour over salad. Top with basil. Serve.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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