Thursday, 3 June 2010

Beef it up: Mango, avocado and steak salad

Looking at me today eating, well, anything that doesn't still have a pulse, you'd never know how much of a fussy eater I once was. Bananas? No, funny texture. Apple crumble? Ew, hot fruit. Red meat? Yuck, chewy (my ten-year-old self had a bit of a thing about BSE). It caused many dinner time row and almost a whole primary school career of no lunchtime playtime as I was forced to stay behind in the dinner hall eating rice pudding grain by grain in protest until that bell rang. So fruit in a salad with red meat would have never passed my tight lipped seal of approval, but trust me it's a winner and the perfect summer combo.

I ripped Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's mango, avocado and beef salad out the Guardian Weekend back in February... the lush red, yellow and green photography almost had me stuffing the page in my mouth. Rolling it out again this week for the second time with the sun shining, it really hit its stride.

Mango, avocado and steak salad
(serves 4)

For the marinade
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1tbsp oyster sauce
1tbsp dry sherry
2tsp soy sauce
1tsp light muscovado sugar
1tsp grated frsh ginger
black pepper

For the salad
350g sirloin or filllet steak
1 large, ripe mango (or if you are a cheater like me, 2/3 a pre-prepped pack)
1 large, ripe avocado
2-3 hanfuls rocket leaves
1 small bunch coriander

For the dressing
2tbsp Thai fish sauce
1tbsp sesame oil
juice 1 lime
1tbsp soy sauce
1tsp light muscovado sugar
1 small chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients for the marinade, add steaks and rub it up and leave for 30mins to 1 hour.
Mix together the ingredients for the dressing, slice mango and avocado.
Heat a griddle pan til smoking (does anyone else hear Jim Carrey in the Mask when they see that in recipes?). Sear the steak 2-4minutes per side to taste and thickness, you can probably take it a bit rarer than usually as it make the salad more tender and light. You want it crispy, BBQ style on the outside and gorgeously pink on the inside. Leave to rest for 5 minutes while you arrange rocket, mango and avocado on plates. Top with beef, scatter with coriander and dress. Mmmmmm...

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