Enjoy this mixed berry steak salad recipe for a heart-healthy and high in protein quick dinner that won’t leave you feeling stuffed. This healthy weeknight meal is full of rich flavor sure to make everyone at the table happy.
Usually steak dinner as heavy and leave you feeling stuffed for hours. Typically served with a Caesar salad, some kind of steamed vegetable and a hearty portion of garlic mashed potatoes.
But during the weeks after the holidays, we just crave something light and refreshing. This mixed berry steak salad recipe hits the spot.
The buttery filet pairs well with the strong flavors of the mixed baby greens. Adding to that the sweet berries that garnish the mixed green salad balance the tangy bite of the balsamic vinegar. The combination is quite delicious.
TIPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
- Filet mignon is a soft, thick cut of beef that is low in fat. If you prefer more marbling, a Ribeye would be a better choice which will add a chewier consistency. Both are rich in flavor.
- Greens need to appear crispy. No one wants a wilted salad. Choosing baby mixed greens is a great way to add heart-healthy nutrients. Compared to iceberg lettuce which has almost no nutritional value, mixed greens are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Mixed greens are higher in fiber too when compared to common leafy vegetables like Romaine. Get more info on the benefits of choosing your greens in this post.
DO I HAVE TO USE STRAWBERRIES IN THIS SALAD?
No. It is totally optional. You can easily swap them out for any kind of berry. I would suggest berries that have a sweeter nature, such as blueberries, blackberries, or even raspberries as opposed to those that are naturally bitter like cranberries. Fresh crisp berries fit best in this steak salad recipe to add a crunchy texture.
THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
Grill or a skillet (Grilling steaks is preferred, but not required.)
A dish for marinading
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR STEAK
Using your knife, poke holes in your filets.
Season with garlic salt, ground peppercorns, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Place filets in a dish to marinade.
Pour Worchestire sauce over filets, cover, and refrigerate to marinate. It is preferable to marinate for a longer period of time, overnight; however, marinading the morning of can achieve great flavor as well.
HOW TO MAKE THIS STEAK SALAD RECIPE
Cook steaks to preferred temperature. We like to use our meat thermometer to be sure our steaks our cooked to the desired temperature. This also allows me to continue prepping the salad in the kitchen while they cook.
While steaks cook, wash your greens and pat dry with a paper towel. Lettuce left wet will become wilted quickly.
Wash berries, pat dry. Slice strawberries into bite-size pieces. Spread across the bowl of mixed greens.
Wash broccoli and chop broccoli. Running short on time? Purchase pre-washed and trimmed broccoli florets. Add to your mixed greens salad.
Once steak is cooked, let rest for about 5 minutes. Slice and top your salad.
Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over steak and salad. Add a dash of ground pepper and poppy seeds. Enjoy!