Sesame Beef Asparagus Salad

1 beef top round steak (1 pound)
4 cups sliced fresh asparagus (cut in 2-inch pieces)
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon grated gingerroot
Sesame seeds

Lettuce leaves, shredded carrots, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges, optional

Preheat broiler. Broil meat 3-4 in. from heat on each side to desired degree of doneness (medium-rare, 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Cool and cut into thin diagonal strips.

In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool.

Combine beef and asparagus. Stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and ginger; pour over beef and asparagus. Sprinkle with sesame seeds; toss lightly. If desired, serve on lettuce leaves with shredded carrots, sliced radishes, cilantro and lime wedges. Makes 6 servings.

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