If you like traditional Thai Beef Salad, then you’re going to love this easy Meal Prep version. Meal Prepping is definitely on trend, and for great reasons. Even though I stay home, I still prefer to have lunch prepped for the week. Things always seem to be coming up and knowing that I have a nutrious lunch ready, prevents me from binging on not so healthy things. Personally, I prefer to make my lunches twice a week. I just can’t seem to dedicate enough time in 1 day to do lunches/snacks for the whole week. Instead I make a meal that will last 2-3 days, or less if my husband decides to bring lunch to work. And then make another meal mid-week. For the most part this works for me.
If you’re familiar with Thai dishes, then you’ll notice that most of the salads like Larb and Yum’s have the same flavor profile. The main dressing is a simple combination of fish sauce, lime juice, and chili flakes. There are some dressing recipes that add garlic, onions, and other aromatics, but this is the very simple version. I have a recipe for Yum Nua, Thai Beef Salad, but I wanted to experiment and create a recipe that I could prep without the salad getting too soggy. This Thai Beef salad is quick to prep, with the steak being the only thing you need to cook. As recommend in my original Beef Salad recipe, cook the steak to no more than medium. The acid from the lime juice will cook the steak more once mixed.
I decided to use an Herb Spring Mix salad, as my base, to cut back on extra toppings. The mason jar pictures the dressing in the bottom, but after the second day, the steak became too tough from the lime juice. Instead I would recommend to have the dressing on the side or adding it the morning before taking it to work. You could also have the tomatoes on the bottom with the dressing, to pickle them, and then the steak, and top with the mixed greens. I would only prep the salad like this for no more than two days. Once you’re ready to eat, just dump it into a bowl, give it a good stir and enjoy. If you prefer the steak warm, then remove and heat separately. Then place on top of salad and add dressing on top. Now this looks like a delicious lunch!