May 26, 2021
Summer is grilling season, but it is also swimsuit season. If you want to enjoy steaks and the grilling experience, but still want to stay in shape or enjoy a lighter meal once in a while, then steak salads are the answer. Steak has a robust, juicy flavor that satiates any meat craving, while being a great source of protein. Paired with salad, they can become a healthy alternative to traditional grill meals. Having ingredients on hand for steak salads can add a lighter option to any cookout and allow guests to indulge guilt-free.
Naturally steak also makes a fabulous topper for other kinds of bowls and this week we’ve got great ideas for you to Make It Tonight; toss some leftover steam on eggs for a healthy breakfast, or add it to an Asian-inspired rice bowl, like we do in our Strip Steak Don recipe.
Caesar salad is often considered a chicken meal, but do not discount how great steak can taste with this classic combination. Thin slices of sirloin or strip steak can instantly make this tried and true taste like something new.
For an easy homemade Caesar dressing, mix one and a half cups greek yogurt, three tablespoons of grated parmesan, one tablespoon each of lemon juice, dijon mustard, and olive oil, plus one half teaspoon dried oregano, three anchovies, one small garlic clove, and one teaspoon each of salt and pepper together in a blender. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even grill your greens. Simply cut a head of romaine in half, placing on medium to low heat for a few seconds, until they get a touch of color but have not wilted. Chop up your lettuce, layer on your steak, and drizzle with your homemade sauce. Summer dinner made easy!
Mixed Greens & Steak
If you are looking for an easier way to incorporate steaks and salads, try tossing together mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, feta or blue cheese, and steak. This classic combination pairs well with a wide array of dressings and can be an easy option to have on hand for guests that may want a lighter option at your next cookout. Steak also pairs well with beets, so try this Grilled Ribeye with Beet Salad topped with Blue Cheese and Almonds.
These salads are also an easy way to deal with steak leftovers, and a perfect Monday lunch option after a weekend grill session.
Steak & Tomato Salad
If you are lucky enough to have access to fresh tomatoes this summer, steak and tomato salad is an easy crowd pleaser that is not only filling, but also incredibly tasty. You can cook steak specifically for this meal, or toss another steak or two on the grill the day before for an easy meal the next day.
Chop tomatoes into bite-sized pieces, cherry or heirloom work best, but anything fresh and flavorful works. Whisk together a quarter cup of diced red onion with a quarter cup of champagne vinegar, a third cup olive oil, and one tablespoon of Dijon mustard. Once well incorporated, add in tomatoes and sliced beef, toss to coat. Season everything lightly with salt and pepper and you are all set. You can fold in other herbs, like tarragon or dill, or add in other flavors, like avocado.
When in doubt, stir-fry
One last easy way with steak? It’s not a salad, per say, but it might as well be! Stir fries are an easy way to get your veggies and your meat, all from one pan! Check out our easy and tangy stir fry recipe this week.
As you can see, steaks do not need to be limited to serving beside baked potatoes this summer. Have fun with this traditional protein and make meals that are not only healthy, but super tasty. Steak can be substituted for many other protein sources in salad and can be the perfect way to satisfy that meat craving without the guilt.
Steak & Broccoli Stir Fry
1 lb. New York strip or Ribeye steak, sliced
2 cups broccoli, florets
2 Tbsp. + 1 Tbsp. oil
1 ½ tsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. corn starch
3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. ginger, julienned
1 Tbsp. garlic, smashed
½ cup water
3 green onions, sliced
salt and pepper
1. Put on a pot of jasmine rice.
2. In a large bowl combine steak strips, soy sauce and cornstarch.
3. Heat a large pan with a lid over high heat and add the 2 tbsp oil. When hot, add the steak and sauté until brown.
4. Remove meat from the pan and add 1 tbsp of oil, ginger and garlic.
5. When garlic starts to brown add the broccoli and cook until the color of the broccoli turns from a raw green color to a bright vibrant green color.
6. Add the hoisin and let slightly caramelize in the pan.
7. Now add water and cover with the lid.
8. Let steam for 1-2 minutes until broccoli becomes tender but still has a crunch (al dente).
9. Remove lid, add the steak, toss to combine so the sauce sticks to the broccoli and beef.
10. Garnish with the green onions and serve with the steamed rice.
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