Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

Have you ever tasted something so delicious you couldn’t stop thinking about it? Even years later? That’s how I was with this fabulous, fresh Thai Steak & Noodle Salad.

My daughter lived in Memphis TN several years ago and one day, while I was visiting, we went for lunch at Houston’s, a popular, classy restaurant located, not only in Memphis, but in several other cities around the country. We both ordered the Thai Steak Salad and when it arrived, it was not only gorgeous, it was phenomenally delicious! With sweet, salty and spicy flavors typical of Thai cuisine, this salad earned rave reviews from both of us.

When my daughter moved from Memphis several years ago, I found myself craving this fresh vibrant salad. Since I couldn’t jump on a plane just to go to Houston’s, I was thrilled when I checked Mr. Google and found several online renditions of Houston’s Thai Steak Salad. Apparently, my daughter and I weren’t the only ones who went crazy over this wonderful salad! I combined a few ideas from these versions, added some of my own and… voila! I can have this delightful salad any time I want; and so can you!

P.S. You’ll want to check back on Wednesday for a wonderfully delicious seasoning salt, my Lemon-Rosemary Sea Salt, perfect for seasoning the steak in this delicious salad (and a zillion other things)!

Thai Steak & Noodle Salad w/ Ginger-Sesame Dressing
Thai Steak & Noodle Salad w/ Ginger-Sesame Dressing
Serves: 4
  • Ginger-Sesame Dressing Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce**
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salad Ingredients:
  • 1-1 ½ pounds sirloin steak, depending on how much meat you want
  • seasoning salt, your favorite steak seasoning or my favorite (check back Wednesday for a fabulous recipe!)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces thick udon noodles* (cooked according to manufacturer's directions)
  • 1 large handful mesclun or spring greens
  • 1 medium seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut on the diagonal into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 large mango, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved, each half cut in quarters
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  1. For the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients except the two oils, in a medium size bowl and whisk until well combined. Add canola oil in a slow stream while continually whisking. Add sesame oil and whisk until incorporated.
  2. For the salad, season the beef generously with seasoning salt and freshly ground black pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. In the meantime heat the gas grill on high (500˚–600˚ F.). It's very important to have the temperature right to grill a steak properly.
  3. Place steaks on grill and close lid. Grill, with lid down for 4-5 minutes depending on thickness.
  4. Flip steaks after 5 minutes using grilling tongs, then close lid and grill the steaks about 3–4 more minutes for medium rare, 5–6 minutes for medium.
  5. Remove from grill, tent with aluminum foil and let the meat rest for a five minutes before slicing on the bias (at an angle and across the grain). Toss meat with 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing.
  6. Combine the remaining salad ingredients (except the peanuts) in a large bowl or individual serving plates Mound the beef on top and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Drizzle with dressing and pass extra at the table.
~ *I love these partially cooked udon noodles, you can find them at some grocers in the Asian section and at Asian markets
~ ** Sriracha Chili Sauce is available in the Asian section at most larger grocers and also can be found at any Asian Market. It adds a delicious, mysterious flavor to sauces and dressings. It's hot on it's own, so you only need a bit of it to add the wonderful deliciousness it imparts.
Recipe Adapted from Savory Bites
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  1. says

    Christiane, if you make this salad without the mangoes, try to add some other fruit like nectarines or peaches, even orange slices. There’s something wonderful about that sweetness with the salty and spicy flavors.

  2. says

    Hi, this salad look very appetizing. Very lovely color too. Love your photography skill, it’s excellent.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  3. says

    We have a Houstons here in Scottsdale, but I have never been. This salad does look really awesome, I may have to stop in there and try the original then recreate this recipe! Have a great week!

  4. says

    You make everyone crave for this salad, seriously! Thai food is my favorite, and I like that you used udon for this salad as I always have udon in my freezer! I have most of ingredients so I need to gather the rest and make this one! We live in such a convenient life thanks to Mr. Google! Haha. Your pictures keep making me drool for sure. This is great!

  5. says

    Hey Chris – you know I looked at this post at least 3 times today already. I kept getting interrupted and wanted to come back to leave a comment. I think this sounds amazing. The dressing … sings! I love Thai dishes and have never tried a salad and noodle combination. Thanks for the nice comment on my post – that made me very happy!

  6. says

    I have never been to Memphis nor to a Houston’s. But I will take your word for it. Honestly I will. Anxious to see what you’ve done with plain old sea salt. I am into making salt. Love your enthusiasm.

  7. Eha says

    Love the ginger-sesame dressing and the inclusion of mango, which I have not enjoyed in similar salads I have eaten or made myself :) !

  8. says

    Steak salads are my favorite way to enjoy a steak, mixed in with all these fabulous flavorful ingredients, it just sounds so good! Your photo is stunning!

  9. says

    That dressing sounds delicious and your salad looks amazing. I have been craving the flavors of Thai lately so I am going to make this. I like the substitution of peaches or nectarines too.

  10. says

    that ginger sesame dressing sounds terrific, i could never thought of such a mixture of ingredients, just like that mixture of strawberry balsamic sauce, it was really so good!!

  11. Christy says

    Another amazing salad! Your recipes never disappoint. I made this tonight (without the steak) to take to a dinner party and it got rave reviews! When I make a recipe for the first time, I don’t usually add the full amount of a spicy ingredient, but next time I would probably use a little more siracha… Maybe 1 1/2 teaspoons. Thanks again!!

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