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Rare Beef Salad with Watermelon + Raw Zucchini Noodles

Beef Salad with Watermelon + Zucchini Noodles

I love this style of food. It’s fast, fresh, light, and packs a punch. This salad has it all. It has crunch from the raw cucumber and garden radish, heat from the red chilli, sweetness from the watermelon, and all-important protein from the beef. A great way to stave off an afternoon sugar-craving meltdown. Enjoy!




1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

½ tbsp tamari

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ red chilli, chopped

1 tsp palm sugar

1 tsp grated ginger


2 x 220g scotch fillet steaks

2 zucchini

1 bunch baby red radishes, washed

1 large cucumber

½ red chilli, sliced

1/2 cup fresh coriander, picked

½ cup fresh mint leaves, picked

½ watermelon, sliced into thin wedges

3 tbsp peanuts, roughly chopped, for garnish



  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until well combined, and sugar has dissolved. Taste, adjust if needed by adding a little more tamari to increase the salty-ness, lime for sourness, sugar for sweetness, and chilli for heat. Set aside.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil and season the beef fillets. Once the pan is hot, add the beef and cook for 2 minutes on each side (8 minutes all up). Remove from the pan and let rest while you prepare the salad.
  3. For the salad, use a peeler to cut the zucchini into noodle-like ribbons and place in a bowl.
  4. Slice the radishes thinly using a sharp knife or mandolin. Place the sliced radishes into the bowl with the zucchini noodles.
  5. Chop the cucumber into rough chunks and add to the bowl along with sliced chilli, coriander, mint and watermelon wedges.
  6. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  7. Thinly slice the beef.
  8. Arrange the salad on a serving platter and top with sliced beef and the remaining dressing. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and extra chilli. Serve.

Serves 4

16 thoughts on “Rare Beef Salad with Watermelon + Raw Zucchini Noodles

  1. This looks so fresh and healthy! Delish! Plus your photo is gorgeous. Do you mind my asking what kind of lighting you used? I always love hearing how other food photographers set up their shots!

  2. This looks like such a delicious summer dish, and I am sure anxious for summer. I also just learned what a scotch fillet is. :). Looking forward to trying this soon.

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