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Grilled Thai Beef Salad (Weeping Tiger Salad) | Chris Cooks

April 24, 2022

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Every food blogger starts their post with “This is my favorite XYZ.” Well, guess what. This actually is my favorite salad. Of all time. 2nd place isn’t even close. The flavor of this Thai beef salad is unmatched and perfectly balanced without adding any cooking oils.

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To me, this salad is the perfect blend of everything. Sweet, sour, spicy, savory, bitter – every flavor is represented in the perfect combination and it sings.

High in protein, low in fat, lots of vegetables and a variety of carbs – it’s the perfect fuel, and I’ve never enjoyed anything more. Even if you aren’t familiar with fish sauce or some of the ingredients, you just gotta trust me and give it a go. It’s phenomenal, and I really think you’ll like it.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad Recipe

Thai Beef Salad | Chris Cooks
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5 from 3 votes

Grilled Thai Beef Salad (Weeping Tiger Salad)

Also called Tiger's Tear, Weeping Tiger, or Crying tiger salad. Grilled marinated beef, fresh vegetables, and a dressing that'll knock your socks off. It's perfection on a plate.
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the marinated beef

  • 1 large skirt steak cut into 3in wide sections
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander seed toasted in a dry pan, ground
  • 1 tsp white pepper (black works too) toasted in a dry pan, ground

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar or more to taste
  • 1 thai chili finely sliced, optional but encouraged

For the salad

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce hand torn into smallish pieces
  • 6 cups leafy greens any preferred salad greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup purple onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato cut into small wedges
  • 1/2 cup cilantro just the leaves
  • 1 tbsp mint finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp uncooked rice grains (Jasmine preferred) toasted in a dry pan, ground

Instructions

Marinate the beef

  • Whisk together all the marinade ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and toss with the skirt steak. Set aside for at least 15 minutes, but it can hold overnight if needed.

Make the dressing

  • Add the chili, lime juice and zest in a mortar and pestle, and grind gently. Add the other ingredients, whisk together, and set aside.

Grill the beef

  • Grill the beef on both sides until preferred doneness and charring occurs. Since we don't rinse of the marinade, medium temperature is best. I'm typically a medium-rare man, but for this I go medium-well, and the thin pieces cook quickly.

Assemble the salad

  • Place the lettuce into your bowl, topped first with the cilantro, then mint, then purple onion, tomato, peanuts, and ground toasted rice. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the dressing over top. Slice the beef against the grain, add on top of the salad and finish with more of the dressing. Serve within 30 minutes.

What do you think?

  1. Kristin says:

    5 stars
    This was a hit in our house. Great flavors, and I felt so virtuous eating it. Plenty of leftover dressing, so we’ll probably be having it again soon. Thanks!

  2. This recipe looks delicious – excited to try it. If you’re new to a gluten free diet or for anyone making this for someone who is Celiac or has a gluten sensitivity, use a gluten free soy sauce. Not all soy sauces are gluten free and the only way to be safe is to use one that specifically says gluten free…. (Soy sauce is typically made by combining soy and crushed wheat and allowing the two to ferment for several days in a salty brine containing mold cultures. Therefore, most soy sauces contain gluten from the wheat.)

  3. Julie S says:

    Possibly an unusual adaptation, but how might you make this with ground turkey for the meat? We pretty much just eat chicken thighs and various ground meats around here due to costs. I’m thinking mix the marinade in, sit 15 min, drain extra liquid and cook till browned. If I don’t hear back I’ll let you know how it goes ;-)

  4. Jen says:

    5 stars
    This came to mind last night as I happened to have some skirt steak marinating in fish sauce, garlic, and coconut aminos, and it was too hot here in Georgia to turn on the grill. I had to make a few subs based on what I had on hand (cashews for peanuts, basil for cilantro, red pepper flake for thai chili) and this still turned out exceptionally well. Truly a flavor explosion that will become an instant add to our usual salad rotation. Did not miss there being no oil in the salad dressing whatsoever! Excellent dish, thank you for sharing

  5. Joel Dickson says:

    5 stars
    I have been obsessed with this dish for years. You are so right, this is such an amazing salad! So many people leave out the toasted rice but it is a critical ingredient.

  6. Christie says:

    Is there a way to make this for one person. Thank you for your help

  7. Carole Stewart says:

    Cant wait to try this recipe! Checks all the boxes! Chris do you have a preferred brand of fish, oyster and soy sauces ? Would love that information for this newbie foodie! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. Jillian says:

    This sounds delicious! We have a peanut allergy, any recommendations for other complimentary crunchy flavors? Toasted almonds, perhaps??

  9. Debora says:

    This is new to me – uncooked rice grains (Jasmine preferred) toasted in a dry pan, ground – what’s the best way to grind it? How much?

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