Thursday, March 25, 2010

Southwestern Steak And Salad

Bev and I have come to the realization that it’s time to knock off some pounds and one of her solutions is to eat grilled meat and salad for many dinners. Since I like to grill, this seems like a great plan to me – I may have to occasionally post one of my lighter meals, such as today’s lunch salad with a little tuna on it, to show you I’m doing it :).

Bev had a recipe for a southwestern (SW) salad she wanted to try and we had a nice sized sirloin steak in the freezer, so SW night it was. I’m a fan of Bobby Flay’s cooking, because he cook’s a lot of things I like and I’ve tried enough of his recipes to trust them. So this turned out to be a Food Network meal, as the salad recipe also came from there.

For the meat, I trimmed it up, hit it with the Jicard on both sides, and marinated it for about 3 hours. Here’s the recipe for Bobby’s Chimichurri Marinade (I just mixed it by hand) and the Dried Chili-Mustard Sauce, which we also used.

Chimichurri Marinade:
· 6 cloves garlic
· 3 fresh bay leaves
· 2 jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped
· 1 tablespoon kosher salt
· 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
· 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
· 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
· 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
· 1/4 cup finely chopped oregano leaves
· 3/4 cup olive oil
· Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Dried Chile -Mustard Sauce:
· 2 cups Dijon mustard
· 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
· 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
· 3 tablespoons warm water
· Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Here's the steak on the grill.

I really liked the steak flavor and would use the marinade again. I was unsure if I’d like the sauce as it was pretty powerful, but it was perfect on the meat with the mustard tasting a little like horseradish. I’ll use it for beef again. Bobby said on his show the other day that he likes lots of flavor and this meal sure had it, but the beef flavor still came thru.

For the salad, Bev used the following Jamie Deen recipe, but decided the dressing needed something, and after the addition of a drained small can of Rotel, it was delicious.

Southwestern Avocado And Black Bean Salad

· 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
· 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
· 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
· 2 or 3 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
· 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
· 2 avocados, peeled and diced
· 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained
· 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
· 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
· About 3/4 cup (3-ounces) grated pepper jack cheese
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the cilantro, oil, lime juice and hot sauce.
In a large serving bowl, add the lettuce, avocado, corn, beans, tomatoes, and cheese. Add the dressing and toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Here are some shots of the salad.

Sorry this ones a little blurry.

Bev loves to have grilled meat on salad and had hers this way with a little of the steak sauce drizzled around the plate.

I preferred mine as a chunk of meat with the salad on the side and the sauce in a small ramekin.

While this wasn’t serious diet food, it was healthier than many meals we eat and I would definitely have both the meat and the salad again.

Yesterday was BBQ day (more to come) and it was a perfect day for it. We opened up the house and enjoyed the cool breeze and not having to burn $3/gal propane.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Larry, I love the way this meal looks! I'm glad the weather cooperated with your dinner plans. Have a wonderful day...Mary

  2. Both dishes look great and the coloring on that meat is fantastic, nice job!

  3. Beautiful meal, Larry! I love chimichuri on steak - and that salad looks like a perfect side. Nice post - and delicious photos!

  4. Umm umm, that sure looks good! I will have to try both the meat and the salad!

  5. That's a great meal... after years of being really fat, I found out it is sadly true... moving has more to do with losing than diet.

    Try a walk before dinner... it does make a difference

    God, good luck to you, i will struggle for the rest of my life with this (but I have lost 20 pounds in 8 months)

  6. Larry, the meal looks quite healthy and tell Bev that the salad is beautiful! Meat and salad, chicken and salad... always a favorite meal for us, and like you, we love to grill.

    P.S. by the way is that n WV any chance m'town?

  7. Now this is a diet even I could follow! ;)

    The salad looks and sounds right up my alley. I had a southwestern salad w/ grilled chicken in it at Chop House the other day and it was awesome.

  8. I'm lovin this meal! There are so many nights I serve up lean meat with only a fresh salad for a side. Let's me cheat with some of that sinful stuff every once in a while. Great post.

  9. Looks good, Larry..... I would probably want mine like you had yours--although I do love Grilled Chicken Salad...

  10. look great and the coloring on that meat is fantastic, nice job!
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