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Balsamic Marinated Steak Salad
with avocados / roasted red peppers / pine nuts

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This entree salad is a breeze to put together thanks to a garlic and balsamic marinade and vinaigrette plus layers of flavors and textures. This meal was first featured back in 2016.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the grill or stovetop to cook the steak. Select your preferred method.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Balsamic Garlic Marinade:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 3 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 Tbsp
Steak Salad with Avocado and Roasted Red Peppers:
  • Steak, sirloin, flank or skirt - 1 lb
  • Balsamic Garlic Marinade (ingredients listed separately) - 5 Tbsp + 5 Tbsp
  • Mayonnaise, paleo-friendly - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Pine nuts - 1/4 cup
  • Bell peppers, from a jar of roasted red peppers - 2, chopped
  • Avocados - 1, sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 8 oz

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Prep

  1. Make marinade - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, lemon juice, aminos, olive oil, and vinegar. Divide marinade in half. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate steak - Combine steak with first portion of marinade. Tenderize steak with a fork. Let steak marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Whisk second portion of marinade with mayonnaise, mustard, and honey. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Pine nuts - You can leave the pine nuts raw, or if you prefer you can toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden, ~4 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Roasted red bell peppers - Drain and chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Avocados - Slice.

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade). Season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat grill to 500F / 260C degrees, leaving one part of grill with direct heat and one part with indirect heat. Clean grates and brush with cooking oil.
  3. When grill is heated, place steak over direct heat. Sear steak for ~4 minutes on each side, closing the lid after each turn. Move to indirect heat and continue to cook until steak 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).
  4. Transfer steak to a cutting board and rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
  5. When steak is done resting, slice against the grain.
  6. Toss greens, red peppers, avocados, and pine nuts in dressing until dressed to your liking. Top with sliced steak and enjoy!

Prep

  1. Make marinade - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, lemon juice, aminos, olive oil, and vinegar. Divide marinade in half. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate steak - Combine steak with first portion of marinade. Tenderize steak with a fork. Let steak marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Whisk second portion of marinade with mayonnaise, mustard, and honey. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Pine nuts - You can leave the pine nuts raw, or if you prefer you can toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden, ~4 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Roasted red bell peppers - Drain and chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Avocados - Slice.

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Make

  1. Remove steak from marinade (discard marinade). Season generously on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with cooking oil. Sear steak for ~4 minutes on each side. Lower heat to medium, cover with foil, 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. Transfer steak to a cutting board and rest, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. When steak is done resting, slice against the grain.
  5. Toss greens, red peppers, avocados, and pine nuts in dressing until dressed to your liking. Top with sliced steak and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (27)
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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (11)

15 reviews

The ratio of ingredients was off. Loved the red peppers and eggplant, but too many lentils.

By: Sara
Posted: Oct 05, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Was really nervous about mushy eggplant so didn't try to broil it. Salted it, let it draw out the moisture, wiped off all the water, then roasted it instead. Turned out well - probably would have been fine broiled too, but eggplant isn't a huge favorite in our family because it's so often mushy so I didn't want to risk it... Everyone liked it.

By: Jennifer
Posted: May 25, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was amazing!!!! I actually licked my plate! The dressing is to die for!!! The roasted red peppers and toasted pine nuts add so much!! Perfection!!

By: Christine
Posted: Apr 21, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty, probably next time I'll leave out the eggplant.

By: Megan
Posted: Apr 21, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was so good! Loved all the flavors and textures. Used skirt steak.

By: Elissa
Posted: Apr 20, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Flavorful and easy to make! I used toasted cashews in place of the pine nuts as I had them on hand. A winner!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Apr 19, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful