Summer Beef Salad

Remember when my extended family celebrated Mother’s Day with a lunch and there was a wonderful salad of eye fillet of beef on the table and I promised to share with you the recipe?

Well…here it is!

And yes, the photos have been taken with a flash and that’s because I’m limping around very slowly at the moment, to the point where darkness falls before I’ve activated the camera.  As you are aware, I’m in training for a 10km ‘fun run’.  I’ve been training for less than three weeks and I have nine sleeps until the big event.

Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad

I’m starting to fear it’s going to be highly competitive.  I wish there was a category for those who haven’t done any running since 1986 but alas, I’m being put in a ‘normal’ category of those between 40 and 49.  That’s slightly unfair because, just quietly, there’s every chance I’m going to be the oldest in my age group.

The most unfit and the oldest.  It’s not looking good.

Added to that are my knees.  Let me tell you about my knees.  I’m practically crippled.  The pain in my knees is such that I’m walking gingerly and with a limp.  Yesterday I phoned my physio advising him of all my pain and suffering and hoping he might suggest I pull out of the race.  ‘You’re fine, Charlie; it’s just the impact and the compression of running on concrete combined with not having run for a long time and then there’s the age factor.  You’ll just have to push through it then come and see me after the race’.


It’s so hard to find a scrap of sympathy.

Anyway, limping back to today’s topic, here’s a fantastic beef salad recipe that screams of summer but is suitable to enjoy at any time of the year.  I served this with crispy potatoes and some steamed green beans (because it’s cold and pouring with rain but in summer I would serve this, still with the potatoes, but with a colourful salad).

Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad


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Summer Beef Salad
Recipe type: Beef Recipes
Cuisine: Australian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
A Summer Beef Salad with a cornichon dressing
  • 2 handfuls rocket/arugula
  • 500gms eye fillet of beef/tenderloin
  • 8 cornichons finely chopped
  • 2 large handfuls rocket/arugula
  • 500g (1lb)eye fillet of beef/tenderloin
  • 2 tbspns salted capers, rinsed and drained
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice
  • 2 tbspns finely chopped basil
  • 2 tbspns finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbspn dijon mustard
  • 1 crushed clove garlic
  • 4-5 tbspns olive oil
  1. Arrange the rocket/arugula on a platter.
  2. Slice the beef into thin slices and place on top of the rocket.
  3. Place remaining ingredients into a jar and shake until well incorporated.
  4. Pour dressing over beef.
  5. Season with salt and pepper

When was the last time you went jogging?  Was it as far back as 1986?

Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad

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  1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your knees. Honestly, I don’t think you should be limping from just training for a 10K….

  2. I don’t care for running, it jostles my brain (and bits) too much! But the last time I ran was 1994 and when I got home I discovered I had an unrelated rash that went on and was eventually diagnosed as mono! I do love to power walk though.
    Flash or not, your pics always make me want what your cooking. I’ve got fillet minion on my cottage menu this weekend, but that will change to this beauty for sure. I thought it was a chimichurri sauce but I’m really loving the ingredients (all of which I have on hand, fresh herbs from the garden) in your dressing.
    I’m trying to rate the recipe but my phone won’t allow 5 only 4, and I think it’s a 5 star for sure!❤️

  3. That’s the perfect salad right now for us since it’s still so hot here. I am going to go crazy for the flavors (rocket and beef!) and my husband too since beef is his favorite. =)
    I hope your run will go smoothly, sounds like you have been working hard.

  4. Oh Charlie! I would have quit a long time ago. I am the Worst. Runner. Ever. I will run to play tennis or soccer but just to run? No thanks! Your salad, on the other hand, YES please!!

  5. The last time I did any running to speak of was in high-school in 1989. I have done some since then, but not enough to really say I’ve been running or jogging, really. More like flailing my arms whilst attempting to move my lower extremitities at a semi-fast pace…all while hyperventilating. 🙂

  6. Oh Charlie I feel for you! I loathe running and it always hurts my knees, hips and ankles. Isn’t a fun run supposed to be just that, fun? Your salad looks perfect for summer, definitely one for this summers outdoor menu. GG

  7. I worry about you and all your athletic pursuits. I hope the knees feel better BEFORE you do the big run. I’m incredibly proud of you and if you were closer I’d make this salad for you when the race finished. You’d need it. It’s beautiful even with a flash!

  8. Looks delicious. I do hope you feel better in time for your run!

  9. I’m sure you’ll do great in the race, Charlie! And you’ll feel so good that you did it. I guarantee that I would do much much worse. Gosh, this salad looks so good…i’ve been craving a nice, super rare piece of beef but alas, I have to wait til i’m no longer pregnant 🙁

  10. Best of luck on the race. Afterwards I’m sure there is a bottle or two of wine to dull the pain. 🙂 Or really good medication from your doctor.

    The beef dish … delicious looking especially with that chimichurri-type dressing over the top.

  11. I hate running. Period. So you are already a hero. Your poor poor knees, though I do think it’s more the nerves than the knees. You will do fine. But imho, you should take it easy because it is run for fun. What the fun in taking out all the fun from the fun?

  12. Charlie, your beef salad looks mouthwateringly good! But I’m going to need therapy – just the thought of you going through all this again is terrifying me. Please take care of yourself! xxx

  13. d e l e c t a b l e.
    complexly devourable.
    wow. xx

  14. I do not run…but can feel for you…I hope you run goes well.
    Yes, this is my kind of meal…love the beef on the salad, absolutely mouthwatering.
    Enjoy your week, and take care of your knee 😀

  15. I think you should tell Alfie that your physio suggests you stick to swimming from now on, and that while you will happily cheer him on, this race will officially herald your retirement from pounding the pavement. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.
    This salad does sound yummy Charlie, especially as it contains BigJ’s favourite salad ingredient- meat! Xox

  16. I hear you about sympathy! I can knees the size of watermelon and be grabbing on for dear life coming down the stairs, but do I get any help? Sympathy? No. So, I feel for you, I hope your knees get better soon, I know knee pain. I haven’t run since the dark ages, once again my knees. This beef salad is perfect for our summer! It’s getting so hot here already. Ugh, I hate hot.

  17. Wow, that looks wonderful and I can’t wait to make it! Well at least your getting some sympathy from your food blog buddies 🙂 I think your amazing as I wouldn’t even attempt a run. I did the city to surf (walking) just to say I did it and there is no way I was ever going to do it again 🙂 so GO YOU!
    Liz x

  18. Ooopss, take extra care moving! Still, you managed to make a wonderful dish! Good job!

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  19. Oh Charlie! Last time I “ran” I hadnt yet developed breasts lol…

  20. Oh dear – knee pain is very challenging and especially so if you don’t even want to be running on said knees! It does make a good excuse if you need to take a walking break on the day though…

    I do sympathise with light challenges at this time of year too – and am quite concerned about how I fill photograph anything in British winter. You have still captured this salad beautifully though.

  21. What a delicious and appealing salad. Of course we are going into our warmest months and this is substantial without requiring a lot of energy! Perfect! And I feel so much concern for your knees, Charlie. You need those knees for a long time to come. If I were to be in this race I would be in the “60-70” category, and I think because I have never been a jogger, I can honestly tell you I have zero knee pain…ever! You need those knees for a long time to come, my friend. Treat them with love. 🙂 I wish you well on your wonderful race, and do get a good check-up when you “the race is run” and rest your body. That’s a directive from an older woman. LOL! (I rated your recipe at the highest…and the little stars locked up on me at only three stars! I DO think it’s terrific!)

  22. What? It’s okay? You run with pain??? For someone like me who never actually done any exercise growing up…. I worry about you. Running doesn’t make your knee worse? I guess if the doctor said it’s okay…trust his judgement? Please take good care. I know you are going to do well (just like Alfie!). You inspire me in many level!

  23. Do be careful you don’t do damage to your knees. I don’t like the sound of this. The food is beautifully presented.

  24. Lovely looking salad! And did you say the C word-competitive? 😮 Well I can’t wait to read about it!

  25. I’m thinking your physio should try a different field of employment! He/she should at least try to sound sympathetic. I’m worrying for you Charlie. No good can come of running, I’m sure.
    On the other hand, there’s a lot of good in the photos of this great dish – yum!

  26. Is your 10km the same date as my half?! June 14th? I’ll happily swap as I’m thinking I’ve bitten off more than I can handle….Salad looks great in spite of the limping (see no sympathy here either!)

  27. That looks great, flash or not. I would say someone should be paying attention to the fact that your knees are that bad. You are sure a sucker for punishment and very brave too. Good luck with the race.

  28. Good luck with your race but I personally wouldn’t do it if you are in pain. I’m glad you posted your beef salad…it is grilling season here and this would be perfect when entertaining friends at the cottage.

  29. The salad looks so hearty and fresh, too. Good luck with the race. You’re a better woman than I Gunga Din.

  30. Poor you, that sounds awful! I was surprised your dr told you to go after the race, I always think (as a runner) that one should be very careful when it comes to the knees. Hope you are better… delicious looking recipe despite the flash if I may say so!

  31. I hope your knees will get better soon before your big day. This is not a salad my dear this is a whole nutritious meal for me!!! lovely even with the flash.

  32. I sure hope you feel better by the race. Sounds like you’d rather sit and heal right now, which is what you should probably do. At least with meals like this salad you won’t have to worry about putting on extra pounds. This is a great salad and perfect for summer! I always make a steak salad with leftover steak. For the next one, I’ll be making your tasty dressing!

  33. I love this salad! I discovered I would rather have beef, instead of chicken. Chicken is boring to me. The thick dressing on top sounds awesome, love all the ingredients combined! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  34. That last picture sold me directly! And I am not a beef lover at all! 😉

    The salad looks smashing & ooh so wonderfully appetizing too! Yum!

  35. Good lordy woman, you are impressive… Far out, I can believe you are running even though you are practically crippled. You are my inspiration. 🙂 First sign of pain this end, and Im out. Ooops! Thanks Charlie, you’ve totally just given me permission to get on eating the Summer yummies. Im reading all these posts about Summer foods, totally and absolutely craving fresh food, not the slow cooked stuff, I should just make it, turn the heat up and make it. 🙂 Happy Thursday lovely.

  36. I used to have such terrible knee pain… they’re weirdly shaped too (I’ve got a funny bony bump below each knee-cap, and I even went to have them checked out and got x-rays, and in the end they said there was “nothing weird”, and the pain was probably muscular :(. I don’t think I’d have the courage to go running though… that would just be tempting fate.

    Lovely looking salad – I actually love eating salads in the winter… the crisp freshness makes me always feel so cheery, like spring isn’t so far off!

  37. YAY I remember this beef salad so glad you posted the recipe 🙂 Will need to make it sometime and take it into work for lunch.

    Oh no you’ve gotta take care of yourself and your knee don’t push it if you can’t do the race!

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