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Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce
and spinach tomato salad

Active: 30 min Total: 50 min

With leftover Cilantro Garlic Sauce made earlier in the week, this meal is a breeze. It was last featured in 2018.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Cilantro Garlic Sauce:
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Jalapenos - 1, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1/4 cup
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce:
  • Steak, skirt - 1 lb (sub flank or hanger)
  • Cilantro Garlic Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/3 cup (ingredients listed separately)
Spinach and Tomato Salad:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Spinach, baby - 5 oz
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro Garlic Sauce - ~1/3 cup (ingredients listed separately)

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Prep

  1. Make cilantro garlic sauce - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Roughly chop cilantro, garlic, and jalapenos. Combine with oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate steak - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.) Tenderize steak with a fork and combine with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for steak). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Tomatoes - Slice tomatoes in half. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat up grill to 500F / 260C. Clean grates and brush with some oil. Add steak to heated grill. Grill steak for ~3 minutes on each side with the cover closed. Continue cooking 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).
  3. Remove steak from heat, cover in foil to keep warm, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing across the grain (i.e. perpendicular to the fibers).
  4. While steak rests, toss together tomatoes, spinach, and pepitas. Toss with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for salad).
  5. Serve sliced steak with salad on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make cilantro garlic sauce - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) Roughly chop cilantro, garlic, and jalapenos. Combine with oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and salt. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate steak - Tenderize steak with a fork and combine with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for steak). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Tomatoes - Slice tomatoes in half. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade) and season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat up a grill pan over high heat. Brush with some oil, and add steak. Sear steak on both sides. Continue cooking 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).
  3. Remove steak from heat, cover in foil to keep warm, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing across the grain (i.e. perpendicular to the fibers).
  4. While steak rests, toss together tomatoes, spinach, and pepitas. Toss with cilantro garlic sauce (portion for salad).
  5. Serve sliced steak with salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (46)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (8)

27 reviews

Good sauce. I subbed parsley for cilantro.

By: Felice
Posted: Sep 14, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made the paleo version and found the sauce to be too salty; next time, definitely will only add 1/2 of what is called for in the recipe.

By: Shandette
Posted: Aug 26, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Used chicken thighs in place of the steak, and subbed in orzo for the rice bc I like the moisture that brings to the salad.

By: Alyson
Posted: Aug 25, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made the gluten free version plus the peppers from the vegetarian version. Everything was delicious! Had to make extra sauce because it didn't make as much as it was supposed to. I also added grilled peaches since we had the grill on and we are in love with grilled peaches.

By: Amanda
Posted: Aug 24, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

THE CILANTRO GARLIC SAUCE. ❤️ Perfection.

By: Brandi
Posted: Aug 19, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Love this idea for leftover rice

By: Sabrina
Posted: Aug 16, 2020
Diet: Original
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