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Vietnamese Beef and Watercress Salad

Posted on | May 9, 2013 | Asian Recipes, Vietnamese Recipes | No Comments

Vietnamese watercress beef salad

Mum used to make this quick and easy salad of watercress with stir fried beef all the time. It’s a really simple salad and she would only dress the salad with just the fish sauce dipping sauce. But I really like Luke Nguyen’s method of dressing the watercress with a vinaigrette dressing which takes away some of the peppery-ness from the watercress.

Vietnamese Beef and Watercress Salad

Serves 2


1 bunch watercress, trimmed and washed
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tomato, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
250 grams beef sirloin or eye fillet, thinly sliced
cracked black pepper
4 tablespoons fish sauce dipping sauce

Vinaigrette dressing

3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
pinches of salt


In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing and stir well until sugar dissolved. In a large bowl, add watercress, onion and tomato and pour over the vinaigrette. Gently toss and set aside.

Heat a wok over medium heat then add oil and cook garlic until fragrant. Turn the heat to high then add the beef and cook for 1 -2 minutes until browned. Add salt and pepper.

Add the beef to the salad bowl, then pour the dipping fish sauce. Toss the salad together and then transfer to a serving plate.

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