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Strawberry Steak Salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Strawberry Steak Salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Ready in under 25 minutes, this Strawberry Steak Salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing is quick and easy enough for lunch or weeknight dinner! It's a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and a whole lot of deliciousness in every bite!

Recipe yields 2 meal-sized salads or 4 smaller side salads.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Strawberry Steak Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 396 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 10-12 oz sirloin steak
  • olive oil or avocado oil as needed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 oz looseleaf lettuce washed and chopped*
  • 8-10 oz fresh strawberries as many as you'd like!
  • 1 large avocado**
  • 2-3 tsp sweet balsamic glaze (optional but delicious!)

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 TBSP balsamic vinegar extra to taste
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic smashed and minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Pat steaks dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides. For best results, allow steak to come to room temperature before cooking. 
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add to pan and sear until browned, approx. 2 minutes for the first side and 1 minute for the second side.
  5. Using a potholder, place skillet, steaks and all, in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until desired internal temperature is reached.  If using steaks larger than 6 oz each, adjust times as needed.
  6. Remove from oven (potholder! grab one!) and place steaks on a plate. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Resting is crucial for a juicy steak and gives us ample time to make our salad and dressing!
  7. Chop your lettuce, strawberries, and avocado. Drizzle avocado with lime juice and/or oil to keep things gorgeously green.
  8. Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Feel free to adjust levels of balsamic and honey to taste. The above measurements are my dream combo!
  9. Once rested, thinly slice your steak into bite-sized pieces. Toss together greens, berries, and avocado then top with your steak. Drizzle with a little of the dressing and dive in!

Recipe Notes

* I used ruffled looseleaf lettuce for my salad but your favorite green variety or combo will also work great! Spinach and Romaine would work fantastic together or even packaged spring mix!

** To prevent/delay avocado from browning, top sliced avocado with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a drizzle of avocado or olive oil.

Firing up the grill? Glorious! Absolutely feel free to grill your steaks for this salad.

optional extras: goat cheese or crumbled feta, roasted or blanched asparagus, green beans, caramelized onion... Have fun with it! 

Dressing adapted from Sheila's Balsamic Dressing.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for the salad using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Dressing is approx. 130 calories per serving. Adjust as needed based on extras and dressing added and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Steak Salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 104mg 4%
Potassium 1255mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 6g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 86.9%
Vitamin C 99.3%
Calcium 9%
Iron 21.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.