Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Serves 2

A steak dinner for two feels date-night special, but this meal couldn't be easier. One 8-ounce strip steak is just enough for two; if you care for different levels of doneness, cut the steak in half before grilling.

How to Make It

Step 1

Mince garlic on a cutting board. Sprinkle garlic with salt; mash with the side of a knife to form a paste. Combine garlic paste, 1 tablespoon oil, rosemary, rind, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Rub garlic mixture evenly over steak. Let stand 15 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; grill 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, vinegar, and Dijon mustard in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add greens; toss to coat. Place 1 1/2 cups salad on each of 2 plates; top each serving with 3 1/2 ounces steak and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

Ratings & Reviews


December 23, 2016
This recipe was a hit with the entire family, even the kids.  It was an option for me on the Cooking Light Diet plan.  I used our outdoor grill because I have better success with that than the grill pan. I wish I had seen the recipe for the tomatoes, they sound delicious!

December 23, 2016
I should add....I had some produce that I needed to use up so I added shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and some crispy shallots to the salad.

Very tasty

August 30, 2015
I agree that the Parm Broiled Tomatoes (which this was paired with in the magazine) makes this dish. We made it with venison steak! 

Delicious with the Parm Broiled Tomatoes

August 07, 2015
The tomatoes really make this shine - followed directions pretty much to a "T" and have made it several times.  I have used different cuts of steak; use what you like, if the quality of the meat is good, the salad will be good.  Super quick and easy and very filling; perfect for a warm summer weeknight!  100% a keeper; Enjoy!

So easy, so delicious!

July 16, 2015
This salad is so easy--I did let the rub sit on the steak longer than the suggested 15 minutes.  Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly as written.  I served it with the suggested broiled parmesan tomatoes which were a great complement to the salad.  As a side note, I used the rub on lamb chops--EXCELLENT! I will be using this recipe again and again.  

Simple and tasty

June 18, 2015
I'd suggest preparing twice the dressing and then dressing to taste.  Overall though, it was quick to prep and if cooking took more time it was because I chose to grill it - we have a tiny apartment and using a grill pan smokes out the whole place :(

Simple weeknight meal that delivers

June 04, 2015
I used this recipe as a way to incorporate ingredients on hand, so I didn't follow it exactly, except for the salad dressing.  I made the salad dressing according to the recipe.  Then I used butter lettuce and leftover sliced flank steak and topped it with shaved Parmiggiano Reggiano, which I guess is another name for Parmesan cheese.  I also prepared the broiled Parmesan tomatoes shown in the photo, which is what made the salad different from your everyday steak salad, making it a little special and extra delicious.