Steak Salad

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Enjoy this Steak Salad with grilled steak, Romaine, cherry tomatoes, dried cherries, almonds, red pepper, green onions, and feta, all tossed in a cilantro-lemon vinaigrette.

Steak salad with an assortment of fresh vegetables, dressed and ready to be tossed.

The Best Steak Salad 

Near my home, there’s a fantastic salad and sandwich shop with plenty of healthy, fresh, and organic options. It’s become a favorite spot for my boys and me to enjoy a quick lunch. I’m particularly obsessed with their salads, and my boys are fans too. Their steak salad recipe is my personal favorite, inspiring me to create and share my own “copycat” version.

This salad is loaded with fresh veggies and herbs, topped with an irresistibly tangy and slightly sweet lemon-cilantro vinaigrette. The dressing, brimming with cilantro, fresh citrus, and just the right touch of honey, perfectly balances the flavors. If you’re a fan of cilantro and lemon, this vinaigrette will absolutely delight you!

Grilling and slicing the meat, alongside the process of making the dressing.

Ingredients In Steak Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • Steak or Chicken: Grilled for a savory, smoky flavor.
  • Olive Oil, Pepper, Salt: Used to season the meat.
  • Romaine Lettuce: Provides a crunchy base.
  • Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers: Add sweetness and tang.
  • Green Onions: Offer a mild crunch.
  • Dried Tart Cherries/Cranberries, Sliced Almonds, Feta Cheese: Create a mix of sweet, nutty, and tangy flavors.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Lemon, Lime: Add citrusy brightness.
  • Onion Powder, White Wine Vinegar, Honey: Enhance the dressing with tang and sweetness.
  • Cilantro, Dijon Mustard: Give a fresh, herbal note and a mild spice.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Emulsifies and smoothens the dressing.

Dressing being drizzled over the components of the steak salad recipe, enhancing the dish with delicious flavor.

How To Make This Steak Salad Recipe

It’s as easy as 1,2,3…

  1. Cook the Steak/Chicken: Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill on high heat until cooked. Let it rest, then slice against the grain.
  2. Make Dressing: Mix lemon and lime juice, onion powder, vinegar, honey, cilantro, mustard, and olive oil until smooth.
  3. Assemble Salad: Toss lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers, green onions, cherries, almonds, and feta with half the dressing. Top with meat and remaining dressing.

QUICK TIP

Generously season the steaks. A good steak doesn’t need much more than a drizzle of oil and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper! But don’t skimp on the S&P; it’s going to bring out all the flavor in the beef.

Temperature Tips

For the best flavor and texture, cook New York steak or rib-eye to medium rare, although it’s fine to cook to your preference. Here are the temperatures for different doneness levels:

  • Rare: 120-125°F
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F (4-5 minutes per side)
  • Medium: 140°F (5-7 minutes per side)
  • Medium-Well: 150°F (8-10 minutes per side)
  • Well-Done: 160-175°F.

Finished healthy side dish, ready to be mixed together.

STORAGE

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips:

Steak Salad is best eaten fresh as it doesn’t store well. Once mixed, the dressing wilts the greens and softens the almonds, and the steak loses its flavor and texture. Halve the recipe to avoid leftovers.

For prep-ahead:

  • Store prepped ingredients separately in the fridge for this Steak Salad.
  • Grill steaks and combine with other ingredients just before serving.

The dressing can be made a day ahead and kept in a covered jar. Shake well before using.

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Steak Salad

5 from 7 votes
Our favorite Steak Salad recipe tops Romaine lettuce with grilled steak, sweet cherry tomatoes, dried tart cherries, toasted sliced almonds, roasted red pepper, crunchy green onions, and tangy feta cheese. This salad is finished with an herby cilantro-lemon vinaigrette.
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Steak Salad

5 from 7 votes
Our favorite Steak Salad recipe tops Romaine lettuce with grilled steak, sweet cherry tomatoes, dried tart cherries, toasted sliced almonds, roasted red pepper, crunchy green onions, and tangy feta cheese. This salad is finished with an herby cilantro-lemon vinaigrette.
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword steak salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 781kcal
Cost $13.62

Equipment

  • Tongs, canola oil, and paper towel for prepping the grill grates

Ingredients

Steak or Chicken

  • 1 pound steak (such as New York or Rib-eye)
  • Olive oil, freshly cracked pepper, and fine sea salt

Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (~2 heads)
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 5 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese

Dressing

  • 1 large lemon (3 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons zest)
  • 1-2 large limes (2 and 1/2 tablespoons lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro (~1 bunch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

STEAK

  • Heat the grill to high heat (400-450 degrees F). Once the grill is hot, clean it with a wire brush. Then, roll up a few paper towels and drench them in canola oil. Using tongs, rub the paper towel wad along the grill grates. Remove the steaks from the fridge and drizzle with olive oil (about 1 tablespoon total) and then generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper over all sides (about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper total).
  • Place the steaks on the grill and cook about 4-5 minutes. Using tongs, flip the steak over and continue to grill for 3-5 minutes for medium-rare (internal temperature of 135 degrees F). (See Note 1) Once the steaks are cooked to your desired doneness, remove them to a plate or cutting board and tent loosely with foil for 5-10 minutes to give the juices a chance to re-distribute. Cut steak against the grain into thin slices. 

DRESSING

  • Using a zester, zest the lemon to get 2 teaspoons lemon zest. Squeeze to get 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Squeeze the lime to get 2 and 1/2 tablespoons lime juice.
  • For the cilantro, chop off the large stems (no need to remove all the tiny stems) and lightly pack into measuring cup to get 1 cup.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients except for the olive oil in a small blender. Add salt and pepper to taste ( I add 1/4 teaspoon of each). Blend until cilantro is broken down. Add in olive oil and pulse until emulsified. Do not over-blend with the oil or it can make the dressing taste metallic. Taste and adjust dressing to personal preference (more honey, more salt/pepper, etc.). Place in the fridge until ready to use.

SALAD

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the lettuce. Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Halve the cherry tomatoes, chop the roasted red peppe,r and thinly slice the green onions.
  • When ready to serve, toss the lettuce, green onions, and tomatoes with half of the dressing. Stir in the dried cherries, sliced and toasted almonds, and feta cheese. Add thinly sliced steak on top and drizzle with the remaining dressing (add dressing to desired preference; we like all of the dressing on this salad, but you may like less).
  • STORAGE: All ingredients are best when combined right before eating. The salad doesn't sit or store well. (If you don't plan on eating it all or are making in advance, toss small amounts of the salad with the dressing and store separately)

Recipe Notes

Note 1Grill time:  The grilling time will vary depending on your actual grill, the thickness of the steak, and the temperature of your grill. For best results, use a meat thermometer and remove the meat when it is 5 degrees below your desired internal temperature. (It will cook a bit more after being removed from the grill.)
Desired doneness temperature guide:
  • Rare: 120-125 degrees F
  • Medium-Rare: 135 degrees F (about 4-5 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side)
  • Medium: 140 degrees F (about 5-7 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side)
  • Medium-Well: 150 degrees F (about 8-10 minutes on one side and another 3-5 minutes on the other side)
  • Well-Done: 160-175 degrees F.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 4Servings | Calories: 781kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 2237mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 46689IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 423mg | Iron: 10mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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  1. I’ve been craving healthier stuff lately. Despite my best efforts, I still ate a whole lotta bad stuff over Xmas.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this salad. We cut it in half and served without the feta (forgot to buy some) is the calorie total per serving or total for the whole salad? Thanks.

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