Seared Beef Salad

This popular Asian dish combines many taste sensations and creates a harmony of flavours with every bite. You can serve this as a salad for a low carbohydrate meal or make some rice on the side. The video shows you how to make this simple, quick and delicious salad the recipe below the video is a lower calorie version.





  • 1 1/2 lbs beef top sirloin, fat trimmed and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp thick soy sauce (or low sodium soy sauce)


  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups watercress leaves or mixed baby greens
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Dipping Sauce

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper



  1. Marinate steak at least 1 hour before cooking, or overnight for best results.
  2. Combine garlic, oyster sauce, agave or sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil with the beef.
  3. For the vinaigrette combine rice vinegar with salt and sugar. It should be a balance of sour, salty and sweet.
  4. Thinly slice the red onion and use about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette to pickle and set aside covered in fridge for about 10 minutes.
  5. Prepare bed of greens and tomatoes in a serving dish and set aside.
  6. Make dipping sauce by squeezing lime juice over salt and pepper in a small ramekin.
  7. Heat a large wok or pan over high heat. When very hot add 1/2 tbsp oil and when it begins to smoke, add an even layer of beef (half) and allow to sear for about 2 minutes, before turning to sear the opposite sides for about another 1 – 2 minutes more to brown all the sides.
  8. Repeat this with the second batch of meat using the remainder of the oil.

This is traditionally served over a bed of watercress but you can use a combination of salad leaves instead, also thick soy sauce is traditionally used here, but you can use low sodium soy sauce instead.

Serves 6 – Nutrition Per Serving
(Serving Size: 3 oz beef + lettuce, onions, tomato)
Calories: 269, Fat: 10g, Protein: 27g, Carbohydrate: 16g, Fibre: 1g, Sugar: 12g