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Balsamic Flank Steak
with peach and arugula salad / balsamic reduction

Active: 30 min Total: 1 hr

Balsamic reduction adds sweet and tart flavor to steak and salad in this summery meal. This meal was first featured in 2016.
Smarts: If you can't find ripe peaches, any stone fruit, such as nectarines or plums, will work.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Balsamic Reduction:
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1/3 cup (any inexpensive brand)
Balsamic Flank Steak:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp (any inexpensive brand)
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar, brown - 1/2 tsp
  • Italian seasonings - 1/2 tsp
  • Steak, flank, sirloin or skirt - 1 1/2 lb
  • Foil - for cooking
Peach, Arugula, and Almond Salad:
  • Peaches - 3, sliced
  • Arugula - 8 oz
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Marinate steak - Peel garlic and crush the cloves with the palm of your hand. Combine garlic with balsamic vinegar (the portion for the steak), cooking oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and Italian seasonings. Tenderize steak with a fork and pour marinade over top. Let steak marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  2. Make balsamic reduction - Simmer balsamic vinegar (the portion for the reduction) in a small saucepan until it reduces by at least half and thickens to the texture of syrup. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Peaches - Slice peaches.

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Make

  1. If making steak on grill: Heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously with salt and pepper. Place steak over direct heat. Sear steak for ~4 minutes on each side with the cover closed. Move steak to indirect heat and cook until it reaches desired level of doneness. Medium-rare: 130F / 54C degrees (~3 minutes); Medium: 140F / 60C degrees (~6 minutes); Well-done: 160F / 71C degrees (~10 minutes).
  2. If making steak on stovetop: Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with some cooking oil. Place steak onto hot pan. Sear steak for ~4 minutes on each side. Lower heat to medium, cover with foil or lid, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare; 4 to 7 minutes for medium; 8 to 10 minutes for well-done.
  3. Remove steak from heat, cover in foil and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing across the grain (i.e. perpendicular to the fibers).
  4. While steak cooks, toss arugula with peach slices, almonds, and olive oil.
  5. Drizzle balsamic reduction over both steak and salad. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (37)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (15)

29 reviews

I made the steak in a frying pan. Followed directions exactly and it turned out perfect. The meal is simple and delicious.

By: Camille
Posted: Apr 25, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This flavor was amazing on the steak. It is one of our go to steaks now!

By: Catherine
Posted: Mar 07, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Grilled the mushrooms and those were delicious! Salad was good, too, but felt it needed a little extra something. Still, I'd definitely make and eat this again.

By: elyssa
Posted: Sep 26, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I overcooked the steak, as per usual, because at the time recommended by the recipe my meat thermometer said it wasn't even close to the temperature it should be. Next time I'm listening to the recipe and ignoring the thermometer for sure!

By: Jenna
Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I really enjoyed this one. I'd only worked with skirt steak one other time, and it was a disaster. With this recipe, the steak was so flavorful! I'd also never really used balsamic in anything, and found it to be a welcome addition to both the steak and the salad.

By: Becky
Posted: Sep 13, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

meh. just ok

By: Brooke
Posted: Sep 12, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful