Thai Beef Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Gluten-Free Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

Thai beef salad is such a delicious dinner full of flavor and fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic. 

To make this gluten-free use GF soy sauce or coconut aminos and Thai red curry paste. All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten and casein free. Make sure the cashews are safe, too.

This salad is a great use of fresh basil from the patio garden.

The secret to lots of basil is to prune it often, so during the summer I use a lot of fresh basil in my cooking and on my salads. It even makes a great touch on a BLT!

Backyard Basil

One of the other great fresh herbs in this salad is cilantro. I’ve tried growing cilantro a couple times, but I’ve never had luck.

Even Rick Bayless said that he doesn’t bother growing it anymore either.  We saw him at the Austin Food & Wine Festival two years ago.  

Have you ever been to his restaurant, Frontera Grill, in Chicago? So good!  I ate there before I had to go gluten-free, but Google says it can be safe. Anyway, he is amazing and takes Mexican food to another level.

And the Food & Wine Festival is so fun!  We’ve been going since the beginning and they have so much to eat and drink.  Lots of gluten-free options, too.

Food & Wine Festival

Okay, back to the Thai beef salad and recipe…

Thai Beef Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

A delicious salad full of flavorful and fresh ingredients that are so good for you!

Course Salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deana Larkin Evans


Marinade & Dressing

  • 3 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp GF Thai red curry paste

Thai Beef Salad

  • 0.75 pound grass-fed sirloin tip steak, cut into thin strips
  • red leaf lettuce
  • 2 medium shallots
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp cashews


  1. To make the marinade and dressing, mix together 1 tablespoon of lime juice with the coconut aminos, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and red curry paste.

  2. Save half of the mixture for a dressing and add the other half to a Ziploc bag with the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice.

  3. Add the meat to the bag and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour. Place the remainder in the fridge until ready to dress the salads.

  4. Heat a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium high/high heat. Add the meat and cook until cooked through and slightly caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside.

  5. Toast the cashews over medium low heat in a small skillet until fragrant and browned, about 5 minutes.

  6. Wash, rinse and dry all of the vegetables (lettuce, cilantro, basil, cucumber and bell pepper) before prepping. Thinly slice the shallots, basil leaves, red bell pepper and cucumbers. 

  7. Divide the lettuce, herbs and vegetables between two large bowls. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Add the grilled meat and toasted cashews. And enjoy this bowl of healthy deliciousness!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food Network

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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