John Key’s Thai Beef Salad

Now that he's going to be spending more time at home and in the kitchen, here is our former Prime Minister John Key's recipe for the Cooking 4 Change Cook Book... "I love Bluff oysters when they’re in season but I also love a good steak and cheese pie. I know that Tim Shadbolt has already cooked oysters with the cookbook, so I’ve decided to share my Thai Beef Salad. "I love trying to make more exotic dishes at home. Within the context of the limited skill set I have when it comes to cooking, Thai beef salad is one of the early Thai dishes I started making. It’s easy and fun to make and it’s delicious to eat."

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4 people



  • 500 g rump steak trimmed of all visible fat
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 g rocket or mixed green leaves
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp mint leaves finely chopped


  • 6 Spring onions sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1-2 long red chillies deseeded and sliced
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves
  • 2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar


  • Season the steak with pepper. Heat a non-stick pan over a high heat then add the steak and sear for 1-2 minutes on each side, so it is browned on the outside but rare inside. Transfer to plate and set aside to rest for 4-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, for the dressing, place the ingredients in a food processor and process for about 1 minute until well blended.
  • Slice the steak thinly against the grain. Place in a bowl and add the rocket or mixed green leaves, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and mint. Toss the beef and salad with the dressing and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Tip; Cooking 4 Change recommends Silver Fern Farms Beef Flat-Iron Steaks for this dish.
This recipe is an Extract from Cooking 4 Change Cookbook.
Keyword dairy free, gluten free
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