Spiced Beef Salad

Recently I was perusing my Casa Moro cookbook, written by Sam and Samuel Clark, bookmarking recipes for future use. This one photograph just jumped out at me.

It was a photo of Spiced Beef Salad with Fenugreek and Hummus. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a salad recipe that wasn’t based on grains, vegetables, greens, legumes or even bread.

It’s basically grilled spiced beef served over hummus.

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I knew it was something I’d make for a casual lunch, served with flatbread.

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And it was wonderful.

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Spiced Beef Salad with Fenugreek and Hummus

1 400 g sirloin steak, approximately 2.5 cm thick
Olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
3/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon Turkish chili flakes
1 quantity hummus
1 large handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon nigella seeds
8-12 pickled chilies, optional
Flatbread

Season the piece of beef with salt and pepper. I used flank steak and put it in the sous vide for 48 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and grind.

Add 1 teaspoon salt and a little black pepper to the marinade, which I would refer to as a dry rub.

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After removing the beef from the bag and patting it dry with paper towels, cover the beef with the dry rub.

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Leave to marinate for a good hour or two.

Set a griddle pan over high heat, with a little oil, until it begins to smoke. Grill the beef to medium-rare. Because I had sous vided’d the flank steak, I only needed to brown the meat on both sides; this was accomplished within one minute.

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Set on a cutting board to rest.

To assemble, spread the hummus on a plate or pasta bowl. Slice the steak, and place the slices over the hummus.

Then scatter the parsley leaves all over. (I had to use curly parsley – my local store didn’t have Italian.)

Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of nigella seeds.

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I used a spicy hot olive oil instead, just for some heat, and omitted the pickled chile peppers.

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Serve with warmed flatbread.

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I decided to also add some goat cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes.

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This salad was a feast! And one I will definitely make again.

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By Published On: December 12th, 201646 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

46 Comments

  1. Cocoa & Lavender December 12, 2016 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    Looks just delicious- and I am craving it even though it is only 6:30am!

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 7:50 AM - Reply

      I understand that! It could be breakfast…

  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward December 12, 2016 at 8:13 AM - Reply

    I love the idea of shaking up the normal green salad. The spices look lovely!

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 8:18 AM - Reply

      This was spectacular – a meal and a dip all in one!

  3. Nadia December 12, 2016 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    I love the flavour combination. I do not have fenugeek and having never used it, have no idea what it can be substituted with, if anything. Highly unlikely to find any here either unfortunately. What would you suggest I replace it with?

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:18 PM - Reply

      It honestly has the smell of cardboard. I had ground fenugreek around for a long time because I used to use it when I cooked a lot of Indian dishes. Fortunately I had the seeds in my spice storage, but didn’t taste them on my own. I honestly don’t think they’re any substitute. I did taste the nigella seeds by themselves and they were horrible. But the spice rub was fantastic!

  4. Travel Gourmet December 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous recipe and looks so pretty and enticing too!

  5. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef December 12, 2016 at 9:22 AM - Reply

    A meal and a dip all in one, I love that. I wouldn’t mind having a bite on this early morning. This is a great recipe Mimi.

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM - Reply

      Exactly! I liked the tomatoes and feta that I added to the salad. Maybe I cheated a little bit but I liked the tomatoes’ freshness, and who doesn’t like cheese?!!

  6. Our Growing Paynes December 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    What a great idea using hummus. A very pretty dish and the dry rub sounds delicious.

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:14 PM - Reply

      I tasted nigella seeds by themselves and they’re pretty terrible. I can’t even describe them – a hint of citrus but mostly dirt. But the “rub” itself was really fabulous!

      • Our Growing Paynes December 12, 2016 at 2:26 PM

        It’s funny how ingredients by themselves are horrid but blend them and magic happens. Makes you wonder after tasting them people saw the potential.

      • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:27 AM

        That’s a good point! I tasted the nigella seeds for the point of being able to describe them on the blog. But I had no words for the flavor. I think they’re also called onion seeds, but no onion flavor there. That would have been a great improvement.

  7. A Cookbook Collection December 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    That looks just gorgeous! I love the combination of spices used. When I saw Spiced Beef I was very curious, it is a local delicacy where I live but is a totally different dish.
    I like the idea of a flank steak cooked sous vide, you’re another blogger who is winning me over with the idea of getting a sous vide machine. I must rewrite my Christmas wish list!

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:12 PM - Reply

      My husband does not regret finally breaking down and buying me a sous vide. Besides, I have the demi, which is half the price. If I cooked meat for a lot more people I would have the larger one. But it turns inferior meat into filet-quality meat. You and your family will love it.

  8. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso December 12, 2016 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    I’m more used to cooked meat placed on hummus, but love this version of grilled meat, especially the spices in the rub. Very inspiring. :)

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM - Reply

      It is a very interesting recipe. Very fun to eat!

  9. StefanGourmet December 12, 2016 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    Looks delicious! I’ve never applied a dry rub after sous-vide. This reminds me a bit of an Italian beef salad, but that includes arugula.

    • chef mimi December 12, 2016 at 2:10 PM - Reply

      Well, it’s a dry rub to you and me, but to them it’s a marinade. I found it odd, but the flavors were necessary, and very good.

      • StefanGourmet December 12, 2016 at 2:23 PM

        I wonder what effect it would have if the dry rub were to be applied before the sous vide step.

      • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:29 AM

        It would have been a wet rub instead of a dry one! Flavor-wise probably the same. I sprinkled more of the mixture over the dish because the flavor and crunch was good, so if you’re going to do this, save some for the final

      • StefanGourmet December 13, 2016 at 12:02 PM

        I wonder if the spices would have a bigger flavor impact from the longer exposure during the 48 hour cook.

      • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 12:58 PM

        Perhaps, but the mixture was good just sprinkled on the meat, along with extra nigella seeds over the whole thing.

      • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:34 AM

        Presentation. I still struggle why the authors refer to this spice mixture as a marinade.

  10. anotherfoodieblogger December 12, 2016 at 6:02 PM - Reply

    Wow, this is a salad I could get into, especially as a winter salad. I have a hard time eating lettuce-type salads when it is so cold out. What is the flavor profile of fenugreek and nigella? I’ve not used those spices before. And I didn’t know you had a sous vide machine!!!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:26 AM - Reply

      I finally got a sous vide for Christmas three years ago. I’m surprised how often I actually use it. I love it for brisket, flank/skirt steak, pork loin, and chicken breasts! I cannot describe the seasoning mixture at all – it was so unique. Sorry.

      • anotherfoodieblogger December 13, 2016 at 1:26 PM

        No worries, I can always buy some and see for myself!

  11. Bam's Kitchen December 12, 2016 at 6:14 PM - Reply

    I just want to dig into this plate of deliciousness! Love all of the spices and creamy hummus. A great break from all of the cookies I have been eating for lunch. LOL

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:24 AM - Reply

      I’d rather eat anything savory than cookies. But, then, I can’t stop after one cookie, which is probably why I just stay away from them!

  12. Linda Duffin December 13, 2016 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    Fantastic! I could eat the entire plate unaided. I must dig that book out and re-read it.

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:33 AM - Reply

      I have quite a few recipes bookmarked. But this one really stood out to me!

  13. dishinwithdidi December 13, 2016 at 5:59 AM - Reply

    This salad is right up my alley! Just like you, I an intrigued by the use of hummus as a base, but after your step by step, I was literally salivating my friend!! Plus, it’s a score for me, I get to use the Fenugreek seeds, lol ♥

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:23 AM - Reply

      I know! Mine have been in storage – waiting for the right recipe!

  14. chezlerevefrancais December 13, 2016 at 6:44 AM - Reply

    Fabulous pictures which have my mouth watering now!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 7:22 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It was really fun to eat!

  15. Conor Bofin December 13, 2016 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    Very elegant Mimi. The spiced beef is very different to that we cook over here. Different but it looks fantastic.
    Happy Holidays!

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 8:41 PM - Reply

      It’s kind of a Spanish-North African fusion recipe. Really good.

  16. Michelle December 13, 2016 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    Looks delicious. I love their cookbooks.

    • chef mimi December 13, 2016 at 8:49 PM - Reply

      I should probably get another one. It’s so hard to pick just one – there are so many!

  17. Greg Henry (@sippitysup) December 14, 2016 at 10:45 AM - Reply

    This new definition of salad makes me hungry. That spice blend sounds intriguing too. GREG

    • chef mimi December 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM - Reply

      IThe spice blend is very good, in spite of nigella seeds not being very tasty.

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