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French-Style Irish Beef Salad by Bord Bia

When the Irish Food Board sent me this recipe to try recently, I couldn’t wait to make it, pack it up and take it on a picnic. It almost looked too pretty to transport, but actually, it travelled well. I kept the tomatoes and the boiled eggs whole and in a separate container until I was ready to serve the salad. Although the star of this salad if the grass-fed Irish Beef, there’s a French influence from the Dijon mustard and I loved the addition of the capers and gherkins, too. A fresh baguette on the side and a glass of perfectly chilled rosé is all you need for a perfect al fresco, French-inspired supper.

Bord Bia French Beef Salad

Photo Credit Irish Food Board/Bord Bia 

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French Style Irish Beef Salad by Bord Bia

Bord Bia/Irish Food Board
A protein-packed salad with grass-fed Irish bullet steak, which is best served blue or rare. With new potatoes, eggs, tomatoes and a French-style Dijon mustard dressing.
5 from 7 votes
Course Salad
Cuisine French
Servings 4


  • 500 g piece bullet steak
  • 700 g waxy new potatoes scrubbed or scraped
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 plum tomatoes peeled and cut into wedges

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 120 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley extra to garnish
  • 2 tbsp tiny capers
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Lightly dressed green salad and French baguette to serve.


  • Heat a cast-iron griddle pan until searing hot. Add the steak and cook for about 5 minutes each side or until rare. Set aside for at least 15 minutes to rest or up to an hour is fine, then cut into thin slices, trimming down as necessary.
  • Place the potatoes in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender, then drain. Cook the eggs in a pan of simmering water for 7 minutes until soft-boiled. Drain and run under cold running water, then shell.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing; place the vinegar, mustard, honey and seasoning in a screw-topped jar and shake until the salt has dissolved. Add the oil and shake again vigorously until you have a nice thick emulsion. Add the shallots, chives, parsley, gherkins and capers, shaking gently to combine.
  • While the potatoes are still warm, cut them into slices and arrange half in the bottom of a serving dish. Spoon some of the dressing over and then cover with a layer of the slices of beef. Repeat the layers, spooning a little dressing over each one. Cover with clingfilm and set aside at room temperature for an hour to allow the flavours to combine.
  • Just before serving, cut the soft-boiled eggs into quarters and arrange around the edge of the salad with the tomatoes. Garnish with parsley and serve straight to the table with a separate bowl of green salad and some crusty French bread.


Grass-fed beef is a healthy option, with high levels of vitamins A and E, and a good balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. 

Irish Beef produced under the Irish Food Board’s Quality Assurance Scheme is found in leading UK supermarkets and assures you that the beef you buy is sustainable and reared to the highest standard.

With thanks to the Irish Food Board, Irish Beef and Bord Bia for letting me share this recipe.

You can find more Bord Bia/Irish Food Board Recipes Here

Follow Bord Bia @BordBia

I’m linking this to my July and August Simple and in Season challenge, as the salad uses new potatoes and in-season tomatoes.

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You might also like my Polish-inspired beetroot salad if you’re packing up a picnic!

I’m going to be hosting a number of handpicked recipes over the summer holidays to keep you all inspired while I get stuck in various holiday traffic jams, picnic with my kids and work on updating my recipe index.

If you like them, please tweet me or instagram me @RenBehan using the hastag #handpicked  or in this instance @bordbia

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  1. 5 stars
    That’s so amazing. I have to try it tonight for my family.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! The lime dressing with cilantro and mint was so fresh with the hint of fish sauce and chili sauce. It had a slight kick that everyone loved. Very authentic flavors.

  3. 5 stars
    So Great! Perfect directions! my whole family loves beef salad.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      It’s a great recipe…as long as you like beef! Hope you can try it over the summer Peter.

  4. 5 stars
    Ren this looks absolutely stunning. What a wonderful picnic this would make. PS Is the platter Asiatic Pheasants?

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Sarah, yes great picnic fodder! Not sure on the plate but I’ll check! Definitely vintage.

  5. 5 stars
    That platter of food just looks totally divine. I am a huge fan of Irish beef it always tastes really good!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Camilla, I was completely drawn in!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Emily, hope you had a nice weekend.

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