I like my steak really, really rare; not quite blue, but the closest shade possible (a particularly rosy shade of indigo?). I generally make steak about once a month, I can go weeks without red meat and then suddenly I need the rarest, bloodiest, still perfectly pink red inside and seared on the outside steak I can get my hands on. Last week I treated myself to a ribeye steak that was so massive not even ravenous and particularly carnivorous Ashley could finish it. Steak sandwiches are always a good way to use up a leftover steak, but I suppose I was hankering for something slightly lighter (after all, I had to make buttery wish mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms to go with my steak dinner), and this steak salad was born. Marinating the steak after it’s been cooked gives it marvellous complexity and intense flavour, especially if you can give it a significant time in the fridge before you prepare this recipe. I wanted this salad to have tons of crunch and tons of colour but feel free to use my suggestions as a guide only, you can use any kind of vegetable or leafy green you’d like. I think salads like this are functionally best when presented on a shallow serving platter, this way the heavier salad ingredients and the dressing won’t sift down to the bottom of the bowl. You can also take this salad to work or school with you, just keep the steak and it’s marinade separately in a tightly lidded container and add right before you eat your lunch. Alternately, if eaten at home or on a picnic, this salad is fantastic with a really cold glass of dry Prosecco – the brightness of the salad is perfect with the crispness of the wine.
asian inspired bright steak salad:
1 ribeye steak, prepared your favourite way and at room temperature or cooler
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. finely minced ginger
2 tsp. garlic and chili sauce
1 Tbsp. dark sesame oil
2 small heads of bok choy, cut into fin ribbons
1 cup of shredded purple cabbage
1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced
1 red sweet pepper, thinly sliced into strips
2 cups of green leaf lettuce, torn into small pieces
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced very thinly
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
3 scallions, snipped into small pieces
A large handful of cilantro, torn into small pieces
A large handful or fresh basil, torn into small pieces
- Slice the steak very thinly on a cutting board, I find that a good carving set is essential for creating extra thin slices.
- Whisk together the rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, ginger, garlic and chili sauce, and sesame oil in a medium-sized glass container. Add the steak pieces and marinade for at least an out but up to overnight.
- When you’re ready to eat you salad arrange the bok choy, purple cabbage, cucumber, sweet pepper, green leaf lettuce, jalapeño pepper, and grape tomatoes on a large, shallow serving platter. Add the steak slices and pour the marinade over the salad to coat. Gently toss to coat the salad with dressing and finish the salad with a generous sprinkling of cilantro and fresh basil before serving.
Intentionally operatic and beautiful, Austra reminds me so much of the best of best: Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, and Elizabeth Fraser. Cinematic, atmospheric, lush, and darkly moving – I wish I had Austra in high school, because I know I would have a band photo up in my locker amongst all the other aforementioned greats.
Austra – The Beat and Pulse