Flank Steak Salad

Flank Steak Salad

Marinated flank steak broiled until rare is sliced over a salad of mixed greens, red onion and watermelon radish.  The plate is then finished with a vibrant cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Flank Steak Salad
Recipe type: Salad, Dinner
Serves: 1 (with plenty of leftovers)
  • For the steak:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 serrano chile, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds flank steak (or skirt steak)
  • Kosher salt
  • For the cilantro-lime vinaigrette (aka Jansen’s Vinaigrette):
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • Mixed greens
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced watermelon radish (any radish will work here)
  • Flaky sea salt
  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 2 limes, 4 garlic cloves, cumin and serrano chile, stirring until combined. Place flank steak in a large Ziplock bag, and cover with marinade. Seal the bag, then, using your hands, rub the marinade all over the steak. Let sit at room temperature for up to 1 hour (or in the refrigerator for up to 1 day).
  2. While the steak is marinating, prepare the dressing. Add 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 garlic clove and oregano to a blender, and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let sit for 30 minutes before using.
  3. Preheat your broiler to high. Take the steak from the marinade and lay it flat on a rimmed baking sheet. It’s ok if bits of cilantro, garlic and chile remain on the steak. Season generously with kosher salt. Broil for 5 minutes on one side, then flip and broil for 4 to 5 minutes more. Timing will depend on personal preference (how rare you like it) and thickness of steak. I like my steak rare. Overcooked flank steak is very tough and chewy.
  4. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice against the grain.
  5. To serve, place greens in a medium bowl and drizzle with some vinaigrette, tossing to coat. Place dressed greens on a plate, then top with red onion, watermelon radish and slices of flank steak. Finish with an extra drizzle of vinaigrette and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt.
* You will have extra vinaigrette and steak. Cover and store in the refrigerator. The vinaigrette will last for several weeks. The steak will only last 4 to 5 days.

This Flank Steak Salad is part of my Paleo Recipes: Week of March 18 article.  Check it out here!


3 Responses to Flank Steak Salad

  1. 1
    Devon says:

    Hey Brandon!

    I have made this flank steak salad about 10 times now and it just gets better each time! LOVE this recipe! Thank you!! :)


  2. 2

    […] love a good flank steak salad.  First, flank steak is fairly inexpensive.  You can get a pound of meat without breaking the […]

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