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Spicy Beef Salad Recipe

Spicy Beef Salad Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing Cook: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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 boil; remove from the heat and drizzle over salad. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

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 Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.