Here’s the thing about salad… and Mondays.

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Yes, they are typical to put together, BUT the way I do it is it a little different than the way some may do it.

Monday’s can be pretty rough (at least for me), so instead of a salad with boring lettuce and a dressing that lacks flavor, you know, the ones that make you wish it was Friday again and eating the cheesiest of pizzas. The way I do a salad is worthy of a Friday night meal…but still healthy!

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews |

Because in my opinion, that is the only way to do salad. And Monday.


Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews |

This salad has some of my all time favorite flavors. Especially now that it is summer, Thai food just screams summer food to me.

I mean can we just look at the beautiful colors going on in this salad for a second? Gosh, I just love the colors. They make me smile.

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So, there is kind of a lot going on here.

Let’s just start with the salad base. I was at the grocery store and they had this huge box of baby kale with an even huger (is that a word?) mark down sticker on it. Of course I had to go check it out. You guys, this baby kale was the cutest. Not a bad leaf in sight. Obviously, I snatched that box up before anyone else even knew it was there.

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But then, when I got home, I didn’t know what to do with the baby kale. I thought “Oh NO! I have all this cute baby kale. What do I do with it?”.

From there I just decided to throw it in a big bowl and stare at it for a while. Then I went to the pantry, grabbed a handful of my all-time favorite Thai ingredients (my homemade sweet Thai chili sauce included – because I cannot get enough of it) and started mixing things. Then I knew I was going Thai all way with this one.

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I had also bought some flank steak at the store, so that was going in too. Aside from the steak there had to be tons and tons of veggies. I can never get enough veggies and fruits – love them, but I bet you already knew that.

I also threw in some hard-boiled eggs because I had some in the fridge since my little sister Asher eats like six a day. NO JOKE. The little five-year old loves hard-boiled eggs. Honestly, she practically survives off them. We better hope those little chickens of ours can seriously crank out the eggs. We shall see soon…

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Once I had all the veggies and kale in a bowl, I just looked at it. It seemed to be missing an element. Then I remembered the edamame in the freezer. YES. Just what the salad needed.

FYI, I recommend buying the shelled edamame. I think I spent thirty minutes of my day shelling edamame. So boring.

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For the dressing I wanted to keep it simple and light, but still somewhat creamy. I went with a tahini based dressing because I never use tahini and wanted to do something a little different. So glad I did, this dressing is one of my most favorites. It is so good. If you are a dressing lover, I highly recommend doubling it. You are going to want it all for yourself.

As for the cashews? Well, I think every salad needs a good crunch factor and nuts are my go to. Especially cashews, they are my favorite. So to top it all off, I took my cashews and went and added some sesame oil, chili powder and lime to the mix. Pure perfection atop a salad if you ask me.

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews |

Wow, I am realizing I just talked your ear off about this salad. And on a Monday too! Ugh. So sorry, I am clearly very excited about this meal. It’s a new favorite and I know it may seem like it has a lot of ingredients, but I promise the recipe comes together so quickly. TRUST ME. You have to try this one.

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews |

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 490 kcal

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Steak +Dressing

  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 2 limes juiced + the zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce don't be afraid!
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (or soy sauce but ponzu sauce is best and works better here)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce I used 3 tablespoons
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced or grated (depending on you taste, I used 1)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2-3 tablespoons tahini (may sub peanut butter but I loved the tahini), sesame seed paste


  • 4 cups baby kale or other dark leafy green
  • 1 ounce bag frozen shelled edamame defrosted and cooked for 3-5 min. in boiling water, 16
  • 3 carrots shredded or chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (red yellow and or orange), sliced thin
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango chopped into chunks
  • 2 lemongrass stalks chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 3/4 cups of fresh basil cilantro and mint (I only used 1/3 cup mint)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup black and/or white sesame seeds toasted



  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the sesame oil, cashews and chili powder, toss well. Cook over medium heat until lightly toasted and browned, about five minutes. During the last minute of cooking add in the honey (I used 2 tablespoons). Remove from the heat and add the lime zest and 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds. Toss well and set aside.

The Rest

  • Add the steak to a glass pyrex dish or gallon size ziplock bag.
  • In a glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the lime juice + zest, fish sauce, ponzu sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, garlic and ginger. Pour about 1/4 -1/3 of the dressing over the steak, cover or seal the bag and place in the fridge while you prep the rest of the salad, at least 15 minutes (the longer the better).
  • Meanwhile add the tahini to a small bowl and microwave until melted and smooth, about 15-20 seconds. Add the melted tahini to the dressing, whisk until smooth. Taste and add more tahini or sweet thai chili sauce to your liking, set aside.
  • In a large bowl add the kale, edamame, carrots, bell peppers, mango chunks, lemon grass and green onions. Give it all a good toss.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.
  • Once hot sear the steak for 5-8 minutes, flip and sear another 5 minutes or until your desired doneness is reached. Remove the steak and allow to rest 5 minutes. Slice steak thinly against the grain and add to the salad. Add the dressing and remaining sesame seeds. Toss to coat and massage the dressing into the veggies for 1-2 minutes. Add the eggs and cashews. Serve warm or cover and place in the fridge until ready to eat. I personally love this served warm.


*You can add the dressing just before serving or add it and let the salad sit in the fridge a few hours. The kale holds up nicely and the flavors have a chance to mend together in the fridge, but I love this salad slightly warm!

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I can guarantee it will spice up your Monday!

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  1. Loved this salad! Made it for dinner last night and we all loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. HI! The lemongrass should be very finely chopped. So very tiny pieces. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?

  2. I made this and it turned out absolutely beautifully!
    I am usually a terrible cook, but your recipes are foolproof with both their ingredients and instructions.
    Thank you thank you thank you.

  3. This was incredible! Definitely a recipe that was the sum of all parts – will be making this again for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Well, the salad looks delicious so I decided to print it and make the salad, but am I the only to notice where’s the steak? It’s called steak salad, but I can’t find the steak in this recipe. Otherwise looks delicious.

    1. I AM SO SORRY!! I cannot believe I left that out. You need 1 pound of flank steak. Hope you love the salad!

  5. Hi Tieghan,

    Just did your salad last night!!! OMG, loved it, and it turned as pretty as yours, soooo proud of myself and of course of you!
    It took me longer than expected, but really worthy it, I already gave the recipe and your site to a coworker and she will do it on the weekend.
    My only regret? I FORGOT TO TAKE A PIC!!!
    Love your blog, Cheers, from Toronto

  6. This salad looks so good that I decided to make this tomorrow for some friends and me. Since there is a vegetarian amongst my friends, could I use prawns instead? Or do you have another suggestion to make this meat-free?

  7. Super beautiful salad. And those cashews! What a fabulous out of hand snack, too!

  8. Oh my, this looks SO GOOD. I’ve been slightly obsessed with tahini lately. I can go through a jar in a week using it in recipes, dressings, or just with a spoon straight from the jar. It’s going a little overboard, so I keep not letting myself by it anymore, but then I see delicious recipes like this… and a jar ends up in my home again.

  9. Hi Tieghan! Wow! What a beautiful salad. Mondays can be rough for me too, and this looks like a great way to make the day better.

  10. your killing me here.. this looks divine! will be making this tonight for sure. thanks for another awesome recipe – i can never go past a good steak salad!

  11. This salad looks great, but the CASHEWS look AMAZING! I need to have several large handfuls of them right this minute! I will save some for the kale, though, I promise. 🙂

  12. I’m so wishing this salad was my dinner tonight because it looks likes the best. Love the chili-lime cashews – I could eat my weight in those!

  13. Do you think making this salad without the lemongrass would be just as good? My mother-in-law isn’t crazy about it but I think she would love everything else 🙂

    1. Yes, it will be great! The lemon grass is just an added flavor, but only if you like. It’s no big deal!

      Hope this goes over well! Thanks!

  14. Tieghan, this salad looks amazing and so delicious!!! It screams healthy, summer and savory and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting this!

  15. This is stunning, especially with all the colors. I too am often underwhelmed by lettuce based salads, especially on Mondays 🙂

  16. What a beautiful salad! Love all the colors, texture and rustic look to it. Absolutely beautiful!

  17. Love all the colors and textures! Tahini dressing is my fave and would definitely brighten up a Monday.

  18. First thing I thought was that with the steak and dark greens it would be perfect for all the iron-deficient women in my family! Looks delicious!

  19. Why does your food always look like art? Seriously, beautiful photos!! And this is my kind of salad. 🙂

  20. This looks like the perfect salad to eat after a weekend of indulging! Can’t wait to try this Tieighan!

  21. I am so making this salad..I just bought edamame and thai chili cashews at traders yesterday so I’m almost there. This looks so good…I’ve never used tahini for anything other than hummus so it’s good to know I can do something else with it.

  22. Like the steak, makes the salad more manly. Having a contest with the wife who can loose 10 pounds quicker, need lots of salad to help me be the winner! Still deciding what the winner gets.

  23. This looks deliciously fresh and un-Monday like. I especially love that baby kale. I discovered it last year and it works great for salads, pasta, everything. so good!

  24. Whenever I think that your photos can’t get any more gorgeous, these happen. These are MY FAV ever. And this salad? I don’t need no utensils, I’ll happily face plant right into the center of the bowl and eat my way out. Pinned!