The most delicious and simple lunch for one.
I'm a big believer in making meals special and I hate the thought that you might eat purely for sustenance 'just' because it's only you you're cooking for.
So today, home alone, I made myself this salad and I highly recommend you sometime soon do the same!
Or make double and have it with someone else of course - I'm not saying keep it to yourself, just that it's as easy as heating a tin of soup to make yourself something that tastes incredible.
Steak salad with a hot and sour dressing for one then it is.
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1 steak - whatever you like. My preference is for rump, but sirloin would work too.
light soy sauce
dried chilli flakes
2 spring onions
one little gem lettuce, or other lettuce leaves
a red chilli, to garnish
Get the steak out of the fridge half an hour before cooking and put on a plate or in a bowl with a slosh of soy sauce. It cooks better from room temperature.
I made the dressing first, before cooking the steak, and it's so easy!
In a bowl put 1 tablespoon fish sauce, the juice of a lime (should be about 2 tablespoons so you may need a little more or less), 1 teaspoon of sugar and 0.5-1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes (note - weirdly 1 tsp was fine when I made this for one, but 2 tsp way too much when I made it for two, so go cautious).
Stir to dissolve the sugar and then add your sliced spring onions.
Shred some lettuce and put it on a plate, and chop some coriander and mint. Prepare a few slices of red chilli ready to serve.
Cook the steak under the grill, much more slowly than if cooking a steak to eat whole in a pan or griddle. I cooked mine 7 minutes each side.
Let the steak rest for 4 or 5 minutes, then slice crossways into thin slices.
Add the steak to the bowl of dressing and stir or scrunch (get your hands in there!) to combine.
Put the steak mixture on top of the lettuce and pour over all the dressing.
Top with the coriander and mint leaves, and a few slices of red chilli.
Please please try this one and let me know what you think!