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Pepper's Thai Steak Salad

SERVES: 2 to 4 people PREP: 5 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
Pepper's Thai Steak Salad

Pepper's Thai Steak Salad

SERVES: 2 to 4 people PREP: 5 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

This super-easy and flavorful recipe makes use of leftover steak in the best way.

Whenever they have a date night at home, John and Chrissy love to order delivery from their favorite steakhouse. Have you ever seen a 2-pound dry-aged wagyu rib eye delivered by Postmates? I have. I use leftovers to make my famous beef salad, called yum nuea in Thai. I’ve been making this recipe since Chrissy was in diapers, though back then I used cheaper cuts like flank steak or chuck roast, which can be just as tasty. I even used to send it with her and Tina for their school potlucks. The beef should be well marbled and on the rare side, since the lime juice in the dressing will “cook” the steak a little more.

Usually I just cut up steak straight from the fridge to make salad—dinner in ten minutes or less. I tossed together a giant platter of this yum nuea when Chrissy was a guest on Ellen’s show, as a snack for all the people working backstage. They loved it so much, they sent me a beautiful thank-you note, which is more than I can say for Chrissy’s elementary school class!

Reprinted from The Pepper Thai Cookbook Copyright © 2021 by Vilailuck Teigen Photographs copyright © 2021 by Jenny Huang. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 to 2 limes)

2 tablespoons fish sauce, plus more to taste

2 tablespoons Toasted Rice Powder, store bought or homemade

½ teaspoon Roasted Chile Powder, plus more for garnish, store bought or homemade (recipe below)

1 pound leftover steak, cold is fine, sliced against the grain into bite-size pieces

2 plum tomatoes, cut into wedges

2 Persian (mini) cucumbers or ½ hothouse cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced

½ medium red onion, halved and sliced

4 scallions, thinly sliced

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Handful of fresh mint leaves

For the Roasted chile powder (if making)

2 cups dried red chiles, such as Thai, de árbol, or japones

For serving

Cooked sticky rice or jasmine rice

Romaine lettuce leaves

Cucumber slices

Basil, cilantro, and/or mint leaves

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