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Zingy beef fillet salad recipe

This beef eye fillet salad is delicious served with a horseradish cream dressing. The beef is tossed with spinach leaves, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe finder



  • 1kg beef fillet
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 150g baby rocket or spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 125g semi-dried tomatoes
  • 50g parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 cup (250mL) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish cream


Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Coat the beef fillet with the oil and rub with pepper and salt. Heat a large ovenproof non-stick frypan over a high heat and seal beef on all sides; this takes 2-3 minutes.

Transfer pan to oven and roast for 15 minutes for rare, 25 for medium. Cover with foil, rest for 10 minutes and slice thinly.

Arrange salad leaves on a large serving platter, top with beef, tomatoes and pine nuts.

Combine the sour cream with horseradish (use more if you prefer a hotter dressing) and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds. Drizzle dressing over salad and top with parmesan.


  • Try substituting good quality mayonnaise for the sour cream - it works just as well.
  • If you have cooked the beef in advance, put slices on a baking tray, cover with foil and reheat in a 150ºC oven.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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