Mexican Steak Salad

I didn’t intend to post two meatily chunks of meat recipes two days in a row.

I guess I’m out of control. Maybe it’s the thing living in my left ear? Am I low on iron? Do I need to see someone about this? Take a vacation? Go back to bed? Watch Dirty Dancing?

Whatever it is, I posted two meatily chunks of meat recipes two days in a row, and I’m coping quite well with it.

I gotta say, steak salads might be one of my most favorite meals e-vah. You get the best of both worlds! You have the sexy Johnny Castle (marinated flank steak) and the delicate, naive and fresh field greens (Baby) and a whole crew of naughty, ripe dancers (avocado, tomato, cilantro, scallions, peppers) and voila – dirty dance party in a low-lit smokey room in the hidden corners of a family summer destination resort (your mouth)!

My mom just closed out her browser.

*make this for the sake of your well-being in this life, please.

Mexican Steak Salad:

What it took for 4:

* 1 pound flank steak, trimmed of any excess fat
* 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 Tbs. crushed red pepper
* 1 Tbs. ground cumin
* 1 Tbs. chili powder
* 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
* 1 cup minced red onion
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 scallions, finely chopped
* 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
* juice from 1 lime
* 4 cups field greens
* 3 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
* 1 avocado, diced
* 1 Tbs. freshly minced cayenne
* 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
* 1 tsp coarse salt
* 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

Season the steak on both sides with some salt and pepper.

In a large sealable bag, combine 1/3 cup oil, crushed red pepper, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, onion and garlic. Cut the steak into 4 equal portions and drop it in the bag. Seal and marinate the meat for 2 hours. Flip the bag at 1 hour.

In a large bowl, make the dressing. Squeeze the lime juice in, then slowly pour another 1/3 cup oil, whisking as you pour. Then toss in the scallions, cilantro, the minced cayenne, a pinch of salt and pepper. Give another whisk.

Grill or sear the steak until your preferred doneness. Ours is medium-rare. Uh huh, baby. Once done, let meat rest for 10 minutes while you watch a smidge of Friends on TV. Slice her up!

To assemble the salad, toss the dressing with the field greens. Plate the greens, then top with tomatoes, avocado, steak and pepitas.

I. die.

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24 Responses to Mexican Steak Salad

  1. Lisa @ Life in Green August 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm #
    Gosh your food always looks so pretty! Definitely going the mexican route tonight!
  2. kelley August 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm #
    I'll take a bowl of the marinade please. You can find me in the corner. With Baby.
  3. Tracey August 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm #
    That looks devine! :)
  4. Rach August 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm #
    Oh wow, this looks delicious!
  5. Kelsey August 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm #
    Heck yes! Looks delicious and love Dirty Dancing. Just don't tell my mom that my aunt let me watch it when I was like 8...
  6. Jenny August 27, 2011 at 12:36 am #
    Yummers to the yum! Gorgeous photos!!!!!!
  7. Sally Darling August 27, 2011 at 5:11 am #
    Ok, where have you been all my life? How on earth have I not seen your Blog before now? HEE-LARIOUS writings, not to mention incredible looking food. Can't wait to read your site, recipe by recipe and laugh out loud at your cleverness. Keep up the exceptional work!
    • Bev Weidner August 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm #
      Why thank you so much, Sally! So glad you found me!
    • Nataly September 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm #
      I was thinking the exact same thing!
  8. Jennifer @ Raisin Questions August 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm #
    I ditto the comments about the gorgeous photos! I have never seen a more drop-dead-gorgeous marinade. And the pepitas really make the dish look sophisticated!
  9. carly {carlyklock} August 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm #
    I happen to be watching Rachel Zoe right now. Do you watch her? I die. :)
    • Bev Weidner August 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm #
      I don't watch her! What does she do, and do we need to hate her?
  10. carly {carlyklock} August 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm #
    Oh - the food! Duh. I love me some steak salads and this one looks ba-na-nas.
  11. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. August 29, 2011 at 12:25 am #
    Oh I love this one! We are all about anything to do with Mexican and steak. Great photos
  12. Julia September 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm #
    I must say, before I decided to go vegetarian, steak salad was my faaaaaavorite!!!!!!!! Husband still loves it, so it will be made!
  13. myFudo September 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm #
    Fantastic recipe!
  14. Jei July 11, 2012 at 2:57 am #
    I made the steak tonight it was really good! We like heat so I added 2 Serrano peppers. A keeper for sure. I didn't have a grill so I used my oven set it up to high for 10 min then add the steak in a pan 9 min each side. It was really gook. Any tips for making the steak in the oven?
  15. Jessyca July 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm #
    Someone posted your recipe on Facebook yesterday. Made it last night. Just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic this recipe tastes! I cook a lot, and was skeptical about how strong the flavors would be. Especially the dressing - I'm not a huge fan of cilantro. It was perfectly balanced! I ate so much it hurt! This will definitely become a staple meal in my house. Thanks! :)
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