From Jan Braai, the man that took the humble braai to new heights, comes “The Democratic Republic of Braai”, R295, from Bookstorm.co.za. Here’s the recipe for the Left Wing Steak Salad


  • 600g sirloin or rump steak
  • salt and black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 baby marrows
  • 1 tot olive oil
  • 1 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1t ginger (freshly grated)
  • 2 tots soy sauce
  • 1 tot honey
  • 1 pack mixed salad leaves
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes (250g, halved)
  • 2 tots sunflower seeds (toasted)
  • 1 punnet fresh coriander


  1. For this recipe you can either use a fireproof pan or a flat-bottomed potjie. Whichever route you go, put it over flames and dry-toast the sunflower seeds for about a minute until they release flavours but before they start to burn. Scoop them out of the potjie or pan into a cool container. If you leave them in the cast-iron device, the residual heat will burn them.
  2. Braai the steak as you would normally do on any other occasion. Very hot coals, turning about 3 times in total, braai until just past medium rare, about 7 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and leave to rest until you assemble the rest of your salad.
  3. Use a vegetable peeler or a very sharp knife and cut the carrots and baby marrows into thin ribbons.
  4. Heat the oil in the now empty pan (or potjie) and fry the carrots, baby marrow and onions for about 5 minutes until soft. Now add the garlic and ginger and fry for another minute.
  5. Add the soy sauce and honey and fry for another minute.
  6. Cut the steak into very thin slices, add the strips of steak to the pan or potjie with the sauce and mix everything well.
  7. Assemble the salad by placing salad leaves in a bowl, adding the tomatoes and spooning on the contents of the pan, which now include the strips of steak.
  8. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over this and place a handful of coriander leaves on top.
  9. Drizzle any leftover juices from the pan over the salad and serve.

(This recipes serves 4 people)