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Spicy Beef Salad

 Spicy Beef Salad
This recipe was inspired by my love of spicy flavors and light, nutritious entrees. The pretty salad has an appealing variety of textures. I make it year-round because it's fast and easy to prepare after a long day at work. -Peggy Allen, Pasadena, California
4 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + freezing Cook: 20 min.


  • 1/2 pound boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh mint or 3/4 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens


  • Partially freeze beef. Slice across the grain into thin strips; set
  • aside. For dressing, combine lime juice, sugar, soy sauce, basil and
  • mint; set aside.
  • In a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the
  • jalapeno, garlic and ginger for 30 seconds. Add beef; stir-fry until
  • cooked as desired. Remove beef from pan; gently toss with red pepper
  • and cucumber.
  • Place greens in a large bowl or divide among individual bowls or
  • plates; top with beef mixture. Add dressing to pan and bring to a

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Spicy Beef Salad (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • boil; remove from the heat and drizzle over salad. Serve
  • immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (prepared with low-sodium soy sauce) equals 152 calories, 5 g fat (0 saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.