Spicy Braised Beef Salad

  • 15MINS
  • 3HR
  • Serves 4
  • 325KCAL

By marinating our slow-cooked beef in a homemade blend of simple herbs and spices, we've focused on ramping up the flavour and keeping the calories low. The meat ends up so deliciously tender and spicy, we had to make a crunchy, zesty salad slaw to serve with it too!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories325
  • Carbs20g
  • Protein41g
  • Fat8.1g
  • Saturates2.7g
  • Sugars12g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

Forget about chicken! Who fancies slow-cooked, tenderised beef with their next salad? 

While a beef stew would normally be served up with hearty mashed potatoes or fluffy rice, we found that this one is so flavourful and aromatic, it goes best with a crunchy salad!

To make our spicy sauce, we’ve used a combination of simple herbs, spices and sauces you’re likely to have at home already. Like any spice rub, the longer you leave it to rest in the fridge before coating your beef, the better the whole dish will taste (we’d recommend 1 hour of marinating, minimum!). 

When the spice-marinated beef is cooking away in the oven, the smells are yummy! It will be tough to resist opening the oven sooner, but make sure you leave it to bubble away for around 3 hours until the beef is tender and your spicy sauce is thick and rich with flavour…

What diets is this Spicy Braised Beef Salad suitable for?

Spicy Braised Beef Salad can be enjoyed on dairy-free diets, as long as you substitute the mayonnaise for suitable alternatives. 

As always, take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

We’ve used a simple combination of meat, veggies and spices for this dish, so there’s no need to buy anything special!

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A mixing bowl will come in handy for combining your spices. 

Leave the beef to cook in a durable ovenproof dish until it’s tender. 

How many calories are in this Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

There are 325 calories per portion in this Spicy Braised Beef Salad, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Spicy Braised Beef Salad is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

In a small bowl combine the Chinese 5-spice, garlic granules, paprika, sweetener, mixed herbs, chilli powder and salt. Add the beef to a bowl and sprinkle over the spice rub, massage into the beef to coat well. Cover and pop into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour (the longer the better to really develop the flavours!).

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Step 2

Once the beef has marinated, spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Sauté the onion and pepper for 5 minutes.

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Step 3

Add the beef, garlic and red chilli and brown on all sides for 3 minutes.

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Step 4

Add the stock pot and boiling water along with the tomato puree, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Pour into the pan and bring to the boil.

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Step 5

Transfer to an ovenproof dish and cover with a lid or tightly fitting foil. Cook for 1½ hours, stir, cover again and cook for a further 1½ hours. The beef should be tender and the sauce thickened.

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Step 6

When the beef is nearly finished, prepare the salad. Add the couscous to a bowl and pour over the boiling water cover and leave for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sweet chilli and mayonnaise to a small bowl and mix until smooth.

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Step 7

Add all the vegetables and coriander to a bowl and fluff up the couscous before adding to the vegetables. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat.

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Step 8

Serve the beef with the salad.

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What could I serve with this Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

Looking for more tasty dishes to serve alongside your Spicy Braised Beef Salad? Any of these would be a delicious accompaniment…

How do you know when Spicy Braised Beef Salad is cooked?

The beef should be cooked until it’s tender and the sauce has thickened – this will take around 3 hours in the oven.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Spicy Braised Beef Salad in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of the beef in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so, but the salad is best prepared fresh on the day you enjoy it. 

Can I freeze Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

Yes you can! The spiced beef from this recipe can be frozen, but you’ll want to prepare the salad fresh on the day you enjoy it. 

Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Spicy Braised Beef Salad?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Spicy Braised Beef Salad

Our slow-cooked, marinated beef chunks end up so tender and spicy, we had to make the a crunchy, zesty salad slaw to serve with them too!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    3 HR
  • KCals 325
  • Carbs 20G

Ingredients

  • 500 g lean diced beef any visible fat removed
  • 1 medium red onion peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
  • ½ red chilli deseeded and finely sliced
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5-spice
  • 2 tsp garlic granules
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp white granulated sweetener
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • low-calorie cooking spray

For the salad:

  • 120 g spring cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 large carrot peeled and grated
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 5 g fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 40 g couscous
  • 50 ml boiling water
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp lighter than light mayonnaise

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Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the Chinese 5-spice, garlic granules, paprika, sweetener, mixed herbs, chilli powder and salt. Add the beef to a bowl and sprinkle over the spice rub, massage into the beef to coat well. Cover and pop into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour (the longer the better to really develop the flavours!).
  2. Preheat the oven to 170ºC. Once the beef has marinated, spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat. Sauté the onion and pepper for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef, garlic and red chilli and brown on all sides for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the stock pot and boiling water along with the tomato puree, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Pour into the pan and bring to the boil.
  5. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and cover with a lid or tightly fitting foil. Cook for 1½ hours, stir, cover again and cook for a further 1½ hours. The beef should be tender and the sauce thickened.
  6. When the beef is nearly finished, prepare the salad. Add the couscous to a bowl and pour over the boiling water cover and leave for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sweet chilli and mayonnaise to a small bowl and mix until smooth.
  7. Add all the vegetables and coriander to a bowl and fluff up the couscous before adding to the vegetables. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat.
  8. Serve the beef with the salad.

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KeryThursday 30th June 2022

Can I just check is it only 250ml of liquid added? It
doesn’t seem much liquid given its going to cook for 3 hours. Don’t want it dry out.

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    HollyTuesday 5th July 2022

    Hey Kery, the liquid is correct as the vegetables will release some moisture too. If you feel like it looks like it is too dry when you stir it halfway through you can add an extra splash of water. Hope that helps!

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LynneTuesday 28th June 2022

Could I use chicken instead of beef?

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    SharonWednesday 29th June 2022

    Hi Lynne, we haven’t tried this recipe with chicken but it should work well.You may just need to reduce the cooking time a little but make sure the chicken is cooked through and there are no signs of pinkness.

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BernieTuesday 28th June 2022

Hi! What oven temperature do you recommend for this please?

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    HollyTuesday 28th June 2022

    Hey Bernie, sorry about that the oven temperature was missed off the recipe it should be 170ºC, hope that helps!

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      BernieWednesday 29th June 2022

      Thank you!

Eileen BellTuesday 28th June 2022

What temperature do I set the oven at?

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    HollyTuesday 28th June 2022

    Hey Eileen, sorry about that the oven temperature was missed off the recipe it should be 170ºC, hope that helps!

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TracyMonday 27th June 2022

Hi could this spicey braised beef salad be cooked in a pressure cooker instead of 3 hours in the oven or a slower cooker ?

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    HollyTuesday 28th June 2022

    Hey Tracy, we have an Instant Pot conversion guide HERE which will help to convert the recipe, hope that helps!

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AnnabelMonday 27th June 2022

Could you cook the spicy braised beef (salad) in a slow cooker ?

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    HollyTuesday 28th June 2022

    Hey Annabel, we have a Slow Cooker conversion guide HERE which will help to convert the recipe, hope that helps!

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JulieMonday 27th June 2022

What’s the oven temperature please? I can’t see it in the recipe.

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    HollyTuesday 28th June 2022

    Hi Julie, sorry about that the oven temperature was missed off the recipe it should be 170ºC, hope that helps!

    Reply

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