Grilled Steak Salad with Citrus Ginger Dressing

PhotobucketMain dish salads are great! You get a little bit of everything and they are so satisfying, plus easy to put together and have on the table in a snap. This grilled flank steak spinach salad is composed of fresh pineapple, cucumbers, and homemade pickled red onions,then tossed with a ginger citrus dressing. The flank steak only takes 12-15 minutes to grill. We never seem to eat all of the flank steak at one meal, in fact, I grill flank steaks anticipating that I will have leftovers to make this salad. Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking-June/July 2009. Serves 4 as a main dish.Ingredients for the Citrus Ginger Dressing5 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce1 tablespoon safflower oil1 tablespoon sesame oil2 tablespoons fresh lime juice1/2 teaspoon honey1/8 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger1 small clove garlic, minced1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes1/4 cup diced fresh pineappleMake the DressingIn a small bowl, whisk the orange juice, soy sauce, safflower oil, sesame oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes to combine. Stir in diced pineapple. Set aside.For the Flank Steak1 pound flank steak1/2 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon chili powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperHeat a gas grill to medium high. Combine cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Rub on both sides of the flank steak. Clean grill grates. To oil grates, use a tong and oiled paper towels. Quickly oil grates, taking care paper towels don’t ignite. .Grill steak covered about 5-6 minutes a side, rotating halfway through each side to attain attractive grill marks on each side of the steak. Remove from grill. Let stand 10 minutes.For the Salad6 cups baby spinach1 medium cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced1/2 cup pickled red onion, recipe here, or purchased1/2 cup fresh pineapple, dicedIn a large bowl, Gently toss the spinach, cucumber, pickled red onion and pineapple with about one half of the dressing. Divide among 4 large plates. Thinly slice the steak across the grain. Drizzle more dressing over the beef to serve.


  1. The Bella Girls
    September 24, 2009 / 12:27 am

    Wow! This dressing (and flank steak) looks so good! I will definately be adding this to my menu list. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonton Recipe
    September 12, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    I look at lots of recipes online but this one really makes me drool! I never thought of using flank steak in a main course salad recipe before. Nice idea!

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