California Steak Salad

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California Steak Salad  Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine 

This salad is ideal for cold grilled steak, as reheating may overcook the meat or cause the basil and arugula to wilt. Grilling the red onion adds another layer of char and a bit of sweetness to counter the tartness of the vinaigrette.


Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 oz. steak and 1 1/2 cups salad)


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Cooking spray
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-in.-thick slices
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 (5-oz.) container baby arugula
1 ripe peeled avocado, sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


Active : 30 Minutes
Total : 45 Minutes

1. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion slices to pan; grill 10 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Place onion in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 10 minutes.

2. Combine oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add onion slices and any accumulated juices to oil mixture. Add tomatoes; toss gently to coat. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in arugula.

3. Divide tomato mixture evenly among 4 plates; top evenly with steak and avocado. Sprinkle with basil and almonds.

Created date

June 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 280
Fat 18.8 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 11.7 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 14 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 411 mg
Calcium 119 mg
Sugars 6 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g