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This delicious Steak Salad recipe will leave you 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.

top view of a salad with sliced cooked steak topped with blue cheese
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A hearty and mouthwatering blue cheese 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, Then 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.
close up of steak salad bowl topped with blue cheese

ingredients you’ll need

for the steak salad dressing

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: or balsamic vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: or avocado oil, but olive oils are best for salads.
  • Honey: or you may use agave
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard: Honey mustard works too
  • Garlic Powder: or 1 garlic clove minced
  • Salt and Pepper

for the salad

  • Steak: Sirloin or Rib-eye Steak, or you may use skirt steak or flank steak.
  • Veggies: Romaine Lettuce, tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, red onion
  • Kalamata Olives: or olives of your choice.
  • Blue Cheese: or swap with goat cheese or feta cheese.

how to make 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.
chopped tomatoes, bowl of blue cheese, and sliced red onion on a cutting board
  • Cook the steak. On a grill or cast iron 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
steak marinade being added over a raw steak with a spoon
  • 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.

recipe notes and tips

  • Allow your steak to rest before cutting, if you cut too soon you will lose all those delicious juices!
  • Consider cooking your steak in the air fryer.
  • 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.
  • We do recommend that you make your homemade dressing since they are much healthier for you. Our steak salad dressing is great or you can make a balsamic vinaigrette instead.
  • Also, some people find blue cheese a bit too overpowering, you could swap blue cheese for feta or cotija cheese.
dressing being poured over steak salad

Frequently asked questions

What is the best steak for a salad?

There’s a variety of cuts you can use on this steak, it depends on your taste and budget. Some great choices would be Sirloin steak, Rib-eye steak, skirt steak, or flank steak.

How do I slice Steak across the grain?

Cutting your steak across the grain gives you tender slices that are melted 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 the cutting perpendicular for each section.

What is the healthiest steak to eat?

Keep in mind that no matter what, beef is generally high in fat and cholesterol. But there are some leaner cuts of meats that are considered healthier than most like Top sirloin steak, Round tip steak or roast, Top round steak or roast, Bottom round roast or steak, or Chuck shoulder and arm roasts.

top view of salad bowl with sliced steak, slices red onions, and other veggies, topped with sliced steak

vegetables to add to steak salads

Steak salads are very customizable so 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: This will add in a high-fat content. So if you are counting macros, then not a great choice.
  • Arugula: Like many other different greens, we love adding arugula.
  • Bell Peppers: red or green would taste great.
  • Corn: fresh grilled corn would be amazing.
  • Black Beans: will add in some fiber.
  • Boiled Herbed Baby Potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: want more protein? Go for boiled eggs.
top view of a salad bowl with sliced steak, topped with blue cheese

how to store leftover steak salad

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 it in a bowl, and cover it with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

close up view of salad bowl with sliced cooked steak topped with blue cheese

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5 from 18 votes

Steak Salad Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 4 5 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinade: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
top view of a salad with sliced cooked steak topped with blue cheese
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.

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
  • ½ cup Kalamata Olives, Divided into 4

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.
  • Some people find blue cheese a bit too overpowering, you could swap blue cheese for feta or cotija cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 699kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 64gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 1442mgPotassium: 1322mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 7158IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 413mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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17 Comments

  1. This was VERY VERY good and the recipe was easy to follow! I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! The dressing is my new favorite and goes really well with blue cheese. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for this!

  3. It looks like there’s kalmata olives in the pic, but I don’t see it listed anywhere. Is that what the olives are?

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you!! I made this tonight and it was amazing. The dressing/marinade is well balanced and delicious.

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you!! I made this tonight and it was amazing. The dressing/marinade is well balanced and delicious.

  4. Question: for the marinade/dressing. Do I use all the marinade for the steak and then I save the marinade as my dressing? Or am I making two batches? Is it okay to use the marinade if you put the raw meat inside of it? Just asking….

    1. Hi there. No you don’t make 2 batches. You only use 1/3 of the marinate/dressing for the steak and the rest you will use for the salad dressing.

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent! Only thing I did different was to pour the marinade into the fry pan I cooked the steak in, stirred together with the juices from the steak and heated it through then poured over the salad and it was so good. Definitely a keeper