4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak, about 1/3 cup relish, and 1 lime wedge)

A little fruity avocado oil and fresh avocado (both full of good-for-you fats) boost flavor in relatively lean flank steak. If you don't have avocado oil, use any type of fruity olive oil, like an Italian extra-virgin variety. This recipe also works well in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Don't seed the jalapeño pepper to pump up the raw heat factor in the relish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 teaspoon rind, 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.

Step 2

Score a diamond pattern on both sides of steak. Rub both sides of steak with oil mixture. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

Step 3

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Step 4

Place steak on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.

Step 5

Combine remaining 1 teaspoon rind, remaining 2 teaspoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, diced avocado, tomato, red onion, lime juice, and jalapeño pepper in a small bowl. Serve sliced steak with the relish and lime wedges.

Step 6

Wine note: When it comes to red meat, fattier cuts benefit from big red wines, whose drying tannins help to balance the food. With a leaner cut and a summery preparation like Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Relish, opt for a supple California merlot, like Clos du Bois Merlot North Coast 2005 ($15). This wine has soft tannins and juicy plum and black cherry flavors that meld with the fruity combination of avocado and tomato. —Jeffery Lindenmuth

Ratings & Reviews

jklutz06's Review

July 29, 2013
Delish!! Totally loved it and my husband's not the biggest fan of flank, but it turned out so tender and wonderful. That relish really makes it too! Will definitely make this one a lot!

ZeppMusic's Review

August 28, 2011
This has quickly become a family favorite. The flavors balance perfectly. I actually follow the recipe pretty closely, though I may try adding a bit of cilantro.

RBN1122's Review

June 28, 2010
The relish really compliments the meat. It helps my husband knows what he is doing at the grill!

litgourmet's Review

May 16, 2010
Loved the relish, and so did my 10-year old who normally complains about anything hot/spicy. The relish is really mild w/out the jalepeno seads; my daughter has requested that we have this again soon as a side.

love2coooook's Review

November 23, 2009
this is outstanding! Forgot to rate it back when I was making it a lot, but it's the perfect summer lunch! The relish is delectable and is very versatile.

daneanp's Review

June 15, 2009
We omitted the jalapeno for our daughter's sake but this was still a wonderful and easy-to-prepare meal. I used walnut oil for the salsa and reduced it by 1 teaspoon. We served the dish along side of saffron rice and roasted asparagus. Will add this to our weeknight rotation of staples but wouldn't hesitate to serve it for guests.

carolfitz's Review

May 26, 2009
Liked the lime-rind/garlic rub for a change. Very easy & quick to prep. Served with garlic & cheddar smashed potato.

ColumbiaSCCook's Review

April 30, 2009
Made recipe as written and LOVED it! The relish had a wonderful bold flavor and complimented the meat well. Also made a nice presentation. I served Grean Beans with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley as well as Avocado and Mango Salad with Passionfruit Vinaigrette; both from Bon Appetit 2005 via Epicurious.com.

JennyLEberhard's Review

April 29, 2009
Great spice and flavor. Very easy to make - quick preparation. I left in 1/2 the jalapeno seeds to give the relish more spice. I made the recipe as listed with no alterations. Would highly recommend for a summer night meal.