Spicy Beef & Papaya Salad Recipe: Men Make Dinner Day

Spicy Beef and Papaya Salad


Spicy Beef and Papaya Salad
PHOTO CREDIT: Food Network


As starters go you can't get much better than this Spicy Beef and Papaya Salad - spicy, fruity and full of flavour. This recipe comes courtesy of Simone Williams from Perfect Cellar who are dedicated to providing the best wines possible. Simone was even kind enough to include the best wine to drink with this delicious salad - a nice glass of Ice Wine from Ziraldo, what better way to start off your meal.

Here at Idle HQ we have decided to give you something a little different. Other than Bonfire Night, the 5th of November is host to something else, Men Make Dinner Day. This day is purely dedicated to men making the dinner for their friends or partners, so it's time to put your apron on, cook up a storm in the kitchen and get your creative hats on because you'll want to cook to impress!

Men Make Dinner Day was started by Sandy Sharkey and she's been pushing men off of the sofa and into the kitchen to their partners' cries of joy. So lads, put down the beer and the remote and pick up a whisk, you never know, you may even like it!

We have teamed up with some of the best restaurants, food bloggers and chefs to create a fantastic e-Book filled with amazing recipes from mac and cheese to haute cuisine - so whether you're feeling fancy or like to keep it simple then there is a recipe in this book for you.

Get the latest from Perfect Cellar by following them on Twitter | Instagram and check out the rest of our Men Make Dinner Day recipes here.

Spicy Beef & Papaya Salad Recipe

Add a bit of spice to the evening with a sensational thai salad. This dish will get the taste buds tingling and will showcase your flare in the kitchen.

Best Served With

Pair sugar with spice and send her senses wild with a lusciously sweet glass of Ice Wine from Canada’s most sought after producer, Ziraldo.


  • 300g sirloin beef steaks, fat removed
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 100g bag baby spinach leaves
  • 2 ripe but firm papayas, peeled, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 small pack coriander, leaves picked
  • 1 small pack mint, leaves picked
  • ½ large cucumber, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp crispy onions
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp tamarind purée
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • Juice 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce
  • Large pinch chilli flakes


Season the steak well. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan. Sear the steaks for 2 mins each side, then remove and leave to rest for 5 mins. When rested, thinly slice.

Mix the dressing ingredients together with 1 tbsp water until the sugar is dissolved. Arrange the spinach, beef, papaya, herbs, cucumber, spring onions and chilli on a platter. Pour the dressing over half the salad and sprinkle with the crispy onions. Serve the remaining dressing on the side or save for making another salad. 


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