apple kimchi salad with steak - quick

Spiralized Apple Kimchi Salad with Garlic Beef

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 2 1x


Quick apple kimchi salad with sesame beef! This Asian inspired spiralized apple salad recipe makes a quick and healthy kimchi substitute. A light nourishing meal that’s ready in 30 minutes. Paleo with Whole 30 options.



For the Spiralized Apple Kimchi Salad:

  • 2 apples (green and/or red). One of each is best combo!
  • 1 small seedless cucumber
  • 1  green onion diced.
  • 1 tbsp hot mustard (asian) or a Dijion mustard
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce (ex chili paste or Sriracha). For Whole 30 option use
  • 1/4 tsp pinch of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (rice wine vinegar)
  • 12 tsp fresh grated fresh ginger or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Crushed black pepper to taste

For the Garlic Sesame Beef:

  • 2 tsp oil (avocado or sesame oil for frying)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (23 cloves minced)
  • 1 tsp tamari sauce (Gluten Free soy sauce. Whole 30 option see notes)
  • 68 oz organic lean beef ( top round, steak, separable lean only, 95 % lean ground)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp sesame seeds for topping (extra for garnishing and plating)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Garnishes for the Salad

  • leafy greens
  • sliced radish (1/2 cup)
  • optional; crushed red pepper flakes
  • optional; fresh cilantro


  1. First prepare your quick Apple kimchi Salad. Spiralize (or julienne slice) your apples. It’s best to use a green and red to even out tartness with taste. But any apple will do if you don’t have one of each.
  2. Spiralize or julienne slice your cucumber. Place in a large bowl and press out any excess water with a paper towel. Set aside.
  3. Chop your onion and garlic (if using cloves) and place in a small mixing bowl
  4. Then add in your mustard, spices, chili sauce, vinegar, and lastly the ginger. Fresh always taste better but ground works fine too.
  5. Toss kimchi flavored apple cucumber salad all together.
  6. Place in fridge to marinate while you cook beef.

for the beef

  1. Mix 2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp sesame seed, and dash of tamari in a small bowl. Whisk together and pour over your meat. Marinate for 10-20 minutes. Or skip if in a hurry.
  2. Heat skillet to medium high.
  3. Place your marinated steak (with oil) in the pan and sear for ingredients in a medium high for 7-10 minutes, turning.  Or until beef is cooked to 140F and browned.
  4. Remove from heat, strain excess fat/grease if desired.
  5. Sprinkle with extra sesame see

Make the bowl

  1. Divide the apple kimchi salad into two bowls.
  2. Place a radish, sprouts, or green leaf on one side of the bowl.
  3. Divide the beef strips (or ground) into the two bowls or plates.
  4. Top beef with extra red pepper flakes and sesame seed if desired.
  5. Drizzle any extra sauce on top of salad.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.


For whole 30 tamari sauce, use coconut aminos

For whole 30 Chili sauce, use sugar free option

You don’t need to use the spiralizer, it works well shredded too. Keep the peel on for much crunch. Don’t eat beef? Try with chicken, smoked salmon, tempeh, etc.

  • Category: main
  • Cuisine: asian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 305
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 23 g

Keywords: kimchi salad


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