flank steak salad

Flank steak salad plated with chopsticks sitting by a black and white napkin.

Crisp yet delicate napa cabbage makes an ideal base for a salad, and the advantage of this recipe is that most of these fresh ingredients will remain crisp for days into your time on board. Bean sprouts can be hard to find and you can substitute other crunchy vegetables, but I really like their delicate flavor. I often cook, slice, and then freeze a flank steak just so I can use it for this salad recipe.

flank steak salad

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 20 minute with pre-preparation


  • ½ head Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • ½ red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch scallions, chopped
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame (soybeans)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cooked and sliced flank steak (see flank steak recipe for marinade)
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • ½ red bell pepper, cored
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup olive



To make the salad dressing: In a food processor, chop the bell pepper and cilantro, then add all the remaining ingredients except for the olive oil.


Process for 30 seconds. With the processor on, add the olive oil in a slow stream and continue until all the oil has been added and thickened (emulsified).


To make the salad: In a medium bowl, add cabbage, carrot, red pepper, cucumber, bean sprouts, green onions, edamame, and sliced flank steak.


Toss with the salad dressing. Divide onto two plates.


Top with the peanuts.


Make the dressing and cook the flank steak ahead of time.

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  • Reply
    Patti Olswang
    March 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Do you have a recipe for flank steak? I think it would be nice to add it to go with the flank steak salad.
    Just a thought.

    • Reply
      Carol Buchan
      March 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

      I do have a marinated flank steak recipe on the blog. I’m working to reorganize how you locate recipes, so stay tuned. I appreciate your feedback.

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