Watercress beef salad is hearty enough to be the focal point of a meal. This is a salad that has a good play between peppery, salty, sweet, and tangy notes.
The cut of meat is really up to you – thin steak strips, cubed steak, or shaved steak. Trader Joe’s has nice packaged shaved beef steak (rib-eye and round beef) and is a great time-saver. Cook the beef to your desired doneness, be it rare to medium well.
The salad comes together quickly, so make sure the ingredients are prepped and rice is cooked before you start the stir-fry. You can leave the watercress as sprigs or cut it into bite size.
Tip: Onion strips or wedges are better for quick sautéing – and is a different cut. Cut whole onion in half as you normally would – slice off the top and bottom ends of onion. Lay the onion half on the cutting board and slice the onion by following the natural ridges of the onion (i.e., knife parallel with the long ridges along the onion). Always add at very end of stir-fry when you want the crispiness of the onion but without the raw taste.
Watercress Beef Salad
- 2 bunches of watercress
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 tbsp of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 lb of shaved beef steak
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp of crushed black pepper
- ½ white onion, sliced
- 1 boiled egg, sliced
- Handful of grape tomatoes, halved
1. Thoroughly wash, dry watercress and arrange on a large plate or platter.
2. Combine vinegar, fish sauce, and sugar in a bowl. Stir to dissolve sugar and set sauce aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat. Add chopped garlic.
4. Add beef to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Stir-fry for a few minutes then add onion strips (1-2 minutes before beef reaches the desired doneness).
5. Add to stir-fry the sauce, and gently toss the beef and onion. Stir-fry until onion has slightly softened and beef has reach desired doneness.
6. Top bed of watercress with the stir-fried beef and onion. Drizzle the liquid from the stir-fry over the salad. Garnish with sliced egg and grape tomatoes.