I was introduced to Eatzi’s in Denver by my good friend who visited me from South Dakota. I had past it several times and had dismissed it as an Italian restaurant. I was totally wrong! Eatzi’s is like this glorious grown up, gourmet, college food court. If you love food, but hate to cook. You will LOVE Eatzi’s. Another friend recommended that I try their Thai Beef Salad. It looks unassuming but it is absolutely delicious. The ingredient list is long, but it’s completely necessary. All the fresh herbs and umami seasonings make this one of the best salads I’ve had. I could not find a recipe for it online, so I made my own. This makes the perfect lunch or main-dish dinner salad.
Thai Beef Salad
- 6-8 oz. flank (or sirloin) steak- seared and cooked to rare/medium rare
- 1 head green cabbage- cored and sliced
- 4 oz. thin rice sticks (Asian sections)- cooked according to package instructions
- 2 limes- juiced
- ½ cup avocado oil
- ¼ cup tamari, soy sauce, or bragg liquid aminos, or coconut aminos
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup rice wine
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (Asian section)
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste (Asian section)
- 6 green onions- thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper- thinly sliced
- 1 large red onion- thinly sliced
- 1 inch fresh ginger- peeled and minced
- 2 small stalks lemongrass- minced *
- ½ bunch cilantro- chopped
- ½ cup fresh mint- chopped
- 1 plastic container or ½ cup fresh basil- chopped- Use Thai basil if you can find it.
*If you can’t find fresh lemongrass (it would be in the fresh herbs sections). Don’t worry. There is lemongrass in the red curry paste, so you’ll still get that flavor. Also, all of these ingredients are easily found in any grocery store. Lemongrass is probably the only one that may be hard to find.
- In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice through red curry paste. Mix very well.
- In a large bowl, add the sliced cabbage
- Pour the sauce over the cabbage and mix very well.
- Add the veggies and herbs, mix.
- Very, very thinly sliced the steak. Add that and the rice noodles to the salad.
- Mix together. Let sit for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. If it’s not salty enough, add a little more soy sauce or salt. If it’s too salty, add a little more rice wine.
- Serve room-temperature.
- Store in the fridge. It’s good for about 2-3 more days.