Thai Steak Salad with Peanut Dressing

Looking for a simple recipe to serve your dinner guests this summer?  This is absolutely one of the best looking and yummiest recipes I know.  Adapted from a recipe I found in one of my favorite cookbooks, Whitewater Cooks with Friends (seriously, I couldn’t possibly say enough good things about this book!), this salad looks far more labor intensive than it is.  I promise it never fails to impress!!!

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad | making it in the mountains


1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup tomato paste
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 tbsp ginger, peeled and minced
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil (toasted preferred)
1 tbsp ground chili paste (Sambal Oelek)
1 – 2 lbs of your favorite steak

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup mayonaise
1 tsp ground chili paste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp lime juice

6 cups Spring Mix greens
2 cups of stir fry noodles (cooked, coated with some olive oil & cooled)
2 carrots, julienned
1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
1 red pepped, julienned
1/3 cup unsalted peanuts, toasted

1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil



Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a glass dish, coat steak well, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad | making it in the mountains

Grill steak for about 5-6 minutes per side (longer if you prefer your steak medium to well done). After letting it rest for 5-10 minutes, cut the steak into strips and then into bite sized pieces.

While your steak is cooking, mix the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. You can also whisk together the ingredients for the drizzle. *I tend to prepare the dressing and drizzle before hand if we are preparing this for company, so that I have less to do once our guests arrive.*

To assemble the salad, toss the greens with the dressing and place some noodles on top (approximately 1/2 cup). Top with steak, carrots, sugar snap peas, red peppers and peanuts and finish with a few teaspoons of the drizzle.

Thai Steak and Noodle Salad| making it in the mountains

I haven’t tried it yet, but I think chicken would be a yummy substitute for the steak.



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Friday Finds

We’ve had such a lovely week in sunny Rossland!  I’ve FINALLY been able to run outside, which is infinitely less boring than running on the treadmill.  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy the challenge, fresh air & time to myself … it’s SO nice to find myself looking forward to my runs again!  Carson has a new pair of rain boots and so, we have been putting them to the test every chance we get.  Though we are absolutely loving this amazing taste of Spring, Carson is definitely hoping for some rain so he has an excuse to play with his new umbrella (he’s woken up asking for it every day since he got it!).  This weekend I’m really hoping to conquer those shelves I’ve been talking about for far too long – hopefully I’ll have another finished project to share next week.  In the mean time, here are my favorite finds from this week:

Favorite Dining Room


Favorite Office Makeover


Favorite Target Find


Favorite Boots for Spring


Favorite Light Fixture (wouldn’t this look amazing in our front entry?!)

Favorite Way to Blog

Favorite Must-try Breakfast


Wishing you a lovely weekend!