Asian-style beef/watercress salad

Using influences from the Orient, this mouth-watering warm salad knocks spots off anything available from the local Chinese and is so much more healthy!

Saturday, 22nd July 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:42 pm

Serves four as a starter or two as a main meal

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: Five minutes


85g watercress

½ a small red onion, thinly sliced

1 plum tomato, thinly sliced

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

300g sirloin steak, cut into strips

Salt and pepper

For the nuoc cham dressing (makes about 250ml):

Juice of 2 limes

3 tbsp fish sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed and very finely chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tbsp palm sugar or dark brown soft sugar

100ml warm water

1 tbsp chopped coriander


First make the dressing: Stir together warm water and sugar until completely dissolved.

Combine with all other dressing ingredients in a bowl, season to taste and set aside.

Add oil to a frying pan and heat on high until oil is smoking.

Add the beef and stir fry for one minute, adding salt and pepper to taste. Beef should be browned on the outside but remain pink in the centre.

Remove beef and allow pan to cool slightly, then add chopped garlic. Stir-fry until fragrant.

In a bowl, combine watercress, red onion, tomato, beef and garlic. Toss with the dressing and mix well, saving the rest of the dressing for later. Serve immediately.