We love the chipotle-rubbed sirloin, but this salad is a wonderful use for any leftover steak.
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (6-ounce) top sirloin steaks
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 ounce crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup ripe peeled avocado, sliced
How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chipotle chile powder, and black pepper; rub evenly over steaks. Add steaks to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
Combine remaining 4 teaspoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, juice, and next 4 ingredients (through honey) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in quinoa, beans, bell pepper, cilantro, green onions, and spinach; toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta. Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls; top evenly with steak and avocado.
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I had a similar experience. Instead of using steak I went with Pork. I also used grapefruit juice vs orange juice. I decided to omit the chipotle powder. I didn't have any honey, so I went with sugar. I'm not a fan of quinoa so subbed in white rice. I was pretty disappointed with my meal and like you I made way too much. Wouldn't recommend this recipe.
Hubby and I really enjoyed these salads - and that is saying a lot because he doesn't typically like quinoa. Would up the spice on the steak next time to give it a bit more zip. I'd also like to try lime juice in place of the red wine vinegar. Very filling though we each had about 1.5 servings. Will make again
The only changes we made were to omit the adobo sauce and honey (so my 9 month old could eat it) and we thought it was wonderful. We thought the meal was really flavorful even without adobo/honey, even my 9 month old liked it! It was very refreshing.
I made this exactly as written and it was delicious! This is definitely going on the rotation at our house. I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and it was such a treat to open the lunch pail and have this to enjoy!