Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
4 servings

Category Finalist, Entrées. "Miso paste can be found in most Asian grocery stores. The darker the paste, the saltier and stronger the flavor. For a lower-fat option, substitute flank steak." --Melissa Iwai, Brooklyn, NY

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dressing, combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Step 2

To prepare steak, combine onions, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons vinegar, sugar, and minced garlic in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add steak to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Step 3

Prepare grill.

Step 4

Remove steak from bag. Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Place steak in a medium bowl. Drizzle with half of dressing; toss well.

Step 5

Place salad greens in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining dressing; toss well. Place about 1 cup salad mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 3 ounces steak, 4 tomato wedges, and one quarter of cucumber slices. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds.

Step 6

Wine note: When layering potent flavors like the savory soy and char-grilled smoke of Grilled Skirt Steak and Mesclun Salad with Miso Dressing, the wine should have similar complexity. A supple syrah, like Gloria Ferrer Syrah 2002 ($19), resonates with this dish: It has just enough tannin to stand up to the steak, and the ripe blackberry and smoky flavors are amplified by the savory elements. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Ratings & Reviews

bendercath's Review

January 18, 2014
This has become a go-to recipe at our house, simple and delicious. It's best served in summer/early fall when tomatoes are in season, but it is a treat at any time of the year. In winter, I use grape tomatoes instead.

cookinla's Review

June 03, 2013
This recipe is fantastic. I've made it several times, sometimes I just make the salad to serve with Asian/Japanese meals. I often use a grill pan for the meat, but this last time I made on the grill along with the Cooking Light Miso Grilled Vegetables and it was great again.

melamose's Review

January 31, 2013

jenfur13's Review

February 02, 2011
REALLY delicious! The dressing was a bit salty to the taste, but once it was tossed with the meat and greens it was fine. I really enjoyed this, but note that it's a light dinner. My boyfriend was still hungry. It was probably be good paired with char siu bao or xu mai to round it out.

Jajooo's Review

August 20, 2010
We love this recipe and make it regularly, exactly as written. It is very salty but I love that, and I find that using skirt steak instead of flank steak makes a big difference in flavor for the better. We use it both for weeknights and have made it for company before with rave reviews.

xoyita's Review

February 03, 2009
This recipe was amazing. I substituted the flank steak for ahi tuna. After trying a different recipe for ahi tuna at lunch time, I decided to try this for dinner. It was incredible! Added 1 ts minced ginger and 2 ts chopped scallions.