This all-in-one salad meal of spicy ground beef with cucumber is very popular with my readers. It’s high in protein and low in carbs, so perfect for both paleo and keto diets.
One day I had some leftover ground beef mince and I wanted to make something a little different. I felt like a salad and happened to have some mint and cucumbers in the house. One thing led to another and I ended up creating a Middle Eastern inspired warm beef salad.
I love this dish because it’s an all-in-one meal – it has protein, healthy fats, some carbs, lots of flavours and it’s not too expensive. It’s low-carb but yet satiating and is suitable for those following paleo and keto plans.
The spice mix I used is similar to shawarma meat seasoning or other pre-mixed Middle Eastern spice blends, which you can use if you don’t have all of the spices in your pantry. If short on time, soak the cashews for 1 hour but ideally soak for 3-4 hours to get the creamer, smoother texture for the raita. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free to use regular yoghurt in place of cashew cream.
Want more recipe with ground beef mince? Try my beef burgers with garlic kale and sweet potatoes, rosemary, beetroot and beef burgers, or my chilli con carne with chorizo and chipolte.
Spicy Beef & Cucumber Salad With Cashew Raita
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 35 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Main
- For the beef
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 brown onion, finely diced
- 1/2 long red chill, finely diced
- 350–400 g (0.8 lb.) grass-fed beef mince
- 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of black pepper
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves (or use mortar & pestle to grind 1 clove or use some Allspice)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- For the cucumber salad
- 2 cups diced cucumber (3–4 medium Lebanese cucumbers)
- 2 tablespoons diced fresh coriander (cilantro)
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoons lemon juice
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- Few whole raw cashews
- For the cashew raita dressing
- 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked in warm water for 1 hour
- 1/2 clove of garlic, diced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3/4 teaspoon tahini paste
- 2 tablespoons water
- Pinch of sea salt
- Heat coconut oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and chilli over medium heat for 5 minutes, until golden brown and soft.
- Bring the heat back to high and add the ground beef mince. Separate it with a wooden spoon, add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until the meat browns and the liquid starts to evaporate. Add the spices, salt, pepper and tomato paste. Mix through and cook for a further 5 minutes on high heat. The rest of the moisture will evaporate and the beef should brown and caramelise further.
- Combine all salad ingredients, except for mint, in a bowl and set aside until the beef is ready.
- To make the cashew raita, place all ingredients in a food processor or an electric blender and process until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides half way through and add a little more water, if it’s too thick.
- Combine warm beef with cucumber salad and serve with dollops of cashew dressing, fresh chill and mint on top.
This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing – now I have an alternative to paleo chilli when I buy 1kg grass-fed mince. I have recently started following a Zone approach to portioning, and this looks pretty spot on. The cashew dressing looks like a lovely addition of flavour and healthy fats. Great!
Great idea to use cashews instead of yoghurt.
wow. tried this – it was one of the best dinners ever! congrats! espevially the cashew dressing with the lime is fabulous!
Made this today, DELICIOUS!!
This dish looks amazing and I am excited to make it for my family!
I guess I can just use crushed red pepper? I was unable to find the chili pepper you specified.
Yes, any red chilli flakes or pepper is fine to use 🙂
I’m saving this it looks yum, I had to chuckle at the “3/4 tsp tahini” though 😉
The third day of your recipes Irena, absolutely love them. Have done my own little changes, but by and by flavours are the same. Thanks
so I have to come back and say this has become a staple in our house. we just love it!
Well thank you, Anne. I am very happy to hear it’s become a favourite.
A very delicious meal. I have added this recipe to our family recipe folder and it will be made again and again.
Thanks, Jo xo