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Asian Steak Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

An Asian salad of seared steak, red bell peppers, carrots, papaya, cabbage, fresh mint, cilantro, and sesame oil delivers bold flavors (and antioxidants) in every bite.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Richard Gerhard Jung

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2002


For the Marinade

  • Juice and grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 scallion, white and light-green parts only, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

For the Salad

  • 12 ounces flank steak
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, julienned
  • 1 head Napa cabbage, tough outer leaves removed, julienned
  • 1 papaya, peeled, seeds removed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, packed
  • 1 cup bean sprouts (optional)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned

For the Dressing

For the Garnish

  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted peanuts


  1. Prepare the marinade: Place lime juice, zest, ginger, garlic, and scallion in a small bowl, and whisk to combine. Place steak in a shallow dish; cover with marinade, turning to completely coat. Transfer to refrigerator, and marinate 1 hour.

  2. Remove steak from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking; let sit at room temperature. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade, and season with black pepper. Sear steak until browned on the outside and cooked to desired doneness inside, 5 to 6 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer steak to cutting board; let cool slightly, and thinly slice on the bias.

  3. In a large bowl, combine red bell pepper, carrots, cabbage, papaya, cilantro, mint, and bean sprouts, if using. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, and toss well to combine. Arrange vegetables and steak on four serving plates. Garnish each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped peanuts.

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