Beef or lamb is the perfect ingredient to add to your next picnic menu, so try this delicious recipe now that the weather is warming up!


  • 2 200g beef rump steaks, fat trimmed

  • 100g (½ cup) brown rice

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 4 long red chillies (optional), seeded, roughly chopped

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce

  • 80ml (1/3 cup) lime juice

  • 1 cup loosely packed coriander

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil

  • 1kg seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into small wedges

  • 1 cucumber, seeded, thinly sliced

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves

  • 80g Asian salad mix


  • 1.

    Cook the rice in a small saucepan of boiling water for 25 minutes or until cooked. Drain and evenly spread the rice over a large plate and refrigerate until cooled completely.

  • 2.

    To make the dressing, process the garlic, chillies, fish sauce, lime juice, coriander and sugar in a food processor until finely chopped and combined.

  • 3.

    Preheat a lightly greased grill pan over high heat. Place the steaks on a large plate and rub oil over each. Cook the steak for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Transfer the sliced steak into a bowl, add one-third of the dressing and toss well to combine.

  • 4.

    Place the watermelon, cucumber, green onions, mint, Asian salad mix and rice in a large bowl with half of the remaining dressing, and toss well to combine.

  • 5.

    To serve, divide the watermelon salad among bowls, top with sliced beef and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 698kj
  • Fat Total 32g
  • Saturated Fat 9g
  • Protein 44g
  • Carbohydrate 66g
  • Sugar 25g
  • Sodium 1555mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Asian salad mix is available from supermarkets. Alternatively, you can substitute with your favourite lettuce combination

If you’re not a fan of spice, you can substitute chillies with red capsicums

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