Vietnamese Beef Salad Recipe with Peaches and Herbs

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  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 peaches, sliced into wedges (not peeled)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 10 cups chopped mixed lettuce, such as romaine and red leaf
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 2/3 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin


  • Bring the steak to room temperature and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steak for 10 to 15 minutes or until medium-rare, flipping it two-thirds of the way through the cooking process.
  • When the steak is almost done, grill the peaches for about 2 minutes a side. Watch them carefully, as they can burn easily if the grill is too hot.
  • Set the finished steak and peaches on separate plates while you make the dressing.
  • Make the dressing: Combine the lime juice, fish sauce, jalapeño, honey, garlic, and cilantro in a large bowl.
  • After the steak has rested for at least 5 minutes, cut it in half down the middle (with the grain), then slice the meat crosswise and at an angle into ¼-inch-thick strips. Place the strips in the bowl with the dressing.
  • To arrange the salad, place the lettuce, mint, basil, and cucumber on a large serving tray.
  • Remove the steak from the dressing and pour about half of the dressing over the salad fixings.
  • Top with the sliced steak and peaches and sprinkle with the cashews and shallots.
    Whole30 Omit the honey.
    Nut-free Omit the cashews.
    Egg-free Yes
    AIP Omit the black pepper, jalapeño, and cashews.

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    This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook by Diana Rodgers and published by Victory Belt Publishing, 2015. Purchase this book form our store: Homegrown Paleo.
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