Healthy Steak Salad Recipe

By Rena |

This delicious Steak Salad recipe will leave you totally satisfied! Tender, juicy steak  – in an addictive marinade  – on top of a crisp and fresh salad. All topped with creamy, tangy blue cheese – it’s the ultimate salad.

Steak Salad Recipe in a bowl

A hearty and mouthwatering Steak Salad recipe that you can easily whip up for lunch or dinner! An easy steak marinade covers sirloin or rib-eye, tenderizing and flavoring it perfectly. The crunchy veggies add a burst of freshness that balances the grilled steak beautifully. Hands down the best Steak Salad you will ever have!

Also, if you’re after other delicious salad recipes, why not also try my Shrimp Avocado Salad or my Healthy Beef Taco Salad!

why you’ll love this steak salad recipe

  • An easy and delicious homemade marinade. Tangy, salty, sweet with a hit of garlic, this marinade is perfect for steak and doubles up as a delightful dressing!
  • Perfectly seared steak. Grilled or pan-seared, the steak is crispy-edged and juicy in the middle.
  • Steak and cheese! Crumbles of tangy blue cheese balance out the seasoned salad and add another delicious layer of flavor.
  • A classic, crunchy salad base. Crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and sharp red onions combine to create a classic trifecta of veggies that’s super satisfying and refreshing.

 

ingredients you’ll need

for the marinade

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

for the salad

  • Sirloin or Rib-eye Steak
  • Veggies: Romaine Lettuce, tomatoes, red onion
  • Blue Cheese

ingredients for Steak Salad Recipe

how to make this steak salad recipe

  • First, make the marinade. Whisk all the marinade/dressing ingredients into a bowl.
  • Marinate the steak. Place the steak into a shallow dish, and pour 1/3 of the prepared marinade/dressing.
    Gently massage the steak to evenly distribute the marinade on all sides. Then, allow it to sit
    for 15 minutes, to get to room temp.
  • Cook the steak. On a grill or in a pan, on medium heat, cook the steak on both sides, for about 5 minutes in total for a medium-rare. Or cook until your level of doneness. Then, allow resting for 10 mins
  • Assemble the salad. Next, combine the veggies in a salad bowl, then add sliced steaks and pour the remaining dressing on top. Finally, garnish with crumbled cheese, toss well and serve.

pouring marinade onto steak

spooning dressing on Steak Salad Recipe

recipe notes and tips

  • Allow your steak to rest before cutting, if you cut too soon you will lose all those delicious juices!
  • Slice across the grain of the steak, for a super tender bite.
  • Make sure your onion is cut into nice thin slices, you don’t want a big hit of onion overpowering the other flavors on the fork.
  • Omit the blue cheese to make dairy-free.
  • Also, some people find blue cheese a bit too overpowering, you could swap blue cheese for feta or cotija cheese.

 

close up of steak on salad

faq’s

what’s the best cut of steak to use

There’s a variety of cuts you can use on this steak, it really depends on your taste and budget.

  • Sirloin: Lean, juicy, and pretty tender beef that is very affordable.
  • Flank: This is a lower abdominal cut of meat, it’s a leaner cut and good for grilling.
  • Ribeye: One of the best cuts of beef,  it’s also one of the most expensive it’s very tender, juicy and great for grilling.

 

top down shot of Steak Salad

can I add other vegetables to this steak salad recipe

Absolutely, it’s a really customizable salad base, feel free to make it your own! This Steak Salad recipe is already super hearty but you can load it up as much as you like. Also, here are some add-in/swap in ideas:

  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Bell Peppers
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Boiled Herbed Baby Potatoes
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs

flat lay shot of steak on salad

how do I slice steak across the grain?

Cutting your steak across the grain gives you really tender slices that are melt in the mouth! To see which direction the grain of the meat is running, look for the parallel lines of muscle fiber running along with the meat then slice perpendicular to them.

If your steak cut has a section where the grain runs differently, adjust cutting perpendicular for each section.

how to store leftovers

It’s best to store the salad undressed, otherwise, you’ll have a soggy salad. The salad should last about 5 days – undressed –  in the fridge. Just place in a bowl, cover with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

sliced steak on salad base

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steak salad

Healthy Steak Salad

This delicious Steak Salad recipe will leave you totally satisfied! Tender, juicy steak  - in an addictive marinade  - on top of a crisp and fresh salad. All topped with creamy, tangy blue cheese - it's the ultimate salad.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinade: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 5 servings
Calories: 664kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

FOR THE MARINADE & DRESSING:

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper can be subbed to black, or to taste

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2 lb sirloin or rib-eye steak
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 vine tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced
  • 8- ounce blue cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Whisk all the marinade/dressing ingredients into a bowl.
  • Place the steak into a shallow dish, and pour 1/3 of the prepared marinade/dressing.
  • Gently massage the steak to evenly distribute the marinade on all sides. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, to get to room temp.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the veggies for the salad.
  • Brush the grill or a heavy-bottom pan with oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the steak on both sides, for about 5 minutes in total for a medium-rare. (Cooking time depends on the thickness of your steaks). Or, cook it according to your level of doneness.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill/pan, and allow it to rest for a few minutes, then slice into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  • Combine the tomatoes, onion, and lettuce to a large salad bowl. Add sliced steaks and pour the remaining dressing on top.
  • Garnish with crumbled cheese, toss well and serve.

Notes

  • Allow your steak to rest before cutting, if you cut too soon you will lose all those delicious juices!
  • Slice across the grain of the steak, for a super tender bite.
  • Make sure your onion is cut into nice thin slices, you don't want a big hit of onion overpowering the other flavors on the fork.
  • Omit the blue cheese to make dairy-free.
  • Some people find blue cheese a bit too overpowering, you could swap blue cheese for feta or cotija cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 1149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6573IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 5mg
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