Thai Rice Noodle and Grilled Steak Salad


How you slice a piece of meat is key to how tender it is, especially with tougher cuts. Thin slices cut against the grain (across rather than parallel to the muscle fibers) are more tender and easier to chew.

Thai Rice Noodle & Grilled Steak Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Marinate Time:
15 mins
Grill Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 limes

  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ pound flat iron, flank, or skirt steak

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 8 ounce flat rice noodles, cooked, drained, and rinsed

  • 2 cups torn green leaf or romaine lettuce

  • 1 medium seedless cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 2 carrots, thinly bias-sliced

  • ½ cup basil leaves

  • cup mint leaves

  • ½ cup peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Finely shred zest from 2 of the limes; juice to get 1/4 cup. In a small bowl whisk together 1 Tbsp. of the fish sauce, 1 Tbsp. of the sugar, lime zest, oil, and garlic. Place steak in a resealable plastic bag; pour mixture over steak. Seal bag, turning to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes or up to 24 hours. Drain; discard marinade. Grill steak on rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat 15 to 18 minutes or until desired doneness. Cover. Let rest 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, for dressing, in a small bowl whisk together lime juice, remaining fish sauce, remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and red pepper. In a large bowl combine noodles, lettuce, cucumber, carrots, basil, and mint. Thinly slice steak against the grain; arrange on salad. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve with dressing and remaining lime, cut into wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

524 Calories
18g Fat
65g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 524
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1138mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 18.3mg 92%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 777mg 17%
Folate, total 67mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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