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10 Grilled Steak Salad Recipes for Every Palate

March 29, 2024
Courtesy of Garlic & Zest

One of the biggest food myths is that salads are bland just because they’re healthy. With the right toppings, a tasty dressing, and a little creativity, salads can make for an exciting dinner, satisfying and full of different flavors, textures, and colors.

If you need inspiration the next time you’re looking for a hearty salad, these steak salad recipes can be your go-to (and no, we didn’t just stop at our first ten). By highlighting classic steak pairings like cilantro and horseradish, these salads really bring out the flavor of the meat. Grill your favorite cut, toss some greens, and get ready to enjoy your new favorite kind of steak dinner.

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1. Cilantro Lime Steak Salad

Steak Salad Recipes, Cilantro Lime, Courtesy of Two Peas & Their Pod

Courtesy of Two Peas & Their Pod

When you’re craving Mexican flavors, this salad hits the spot. Grill your favorite steak like flank or ribeye, grab some sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, and red onion, and place it all on a bed of greens. Drizzle it with a zesty cilantro-lime dressing and sprinkle with tangy queso fresco to bring it all together.

Try this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.

2. Honey Balsamic Salad

Honey Balsamic, Courtesy of The Recipe Critic

Courtesy of The Recipe Critic

Flavorful, quick-cooking skirt steak is the star of this bold and savory salad. Add Roma tomatoes, red onion, avocado, corn, and lettuce for a hearty mix. Top it with honey garlic balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese. Pro tip: Never cook skirt steak past medium-rare; it becomes very tough. If you prefer steak cooked more, select a different cut.

Try this recipe from The Recipe Critic.

3. Strawberry Steak Salad

Steak Salad Recipes, Strawberry Salad, Courtesy of Sweet Peas and Saffron

Courtesy of Sweet Peas and Saffron

Here’s another sweet and savory salad that’s perfect for a weeknight meal. The sweetness from the strawberries and blueberries pairs perfectly with a rich steak, peppery arugula, and crunchy almonds. Toss with balsamic vinaigrette to bring everything together. Bonus points if you finish this salad with a sprinkle of fresh black pepper.

Try this recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

4. Caesar Steak Salad

Caesar, Courtesy of Sunkissed Kitchen

Courtesy of Sunkissed Kitchen

Ribeye is a very rich steak and here it’s paired with homemade Parmesan crisps and a classic Caesar dressing. This indulgent version of a classic Caesar salad leans into rich flavors and a ribeye fresh from the grill warms every bite. Tip: Add Greek yogurt to your Caesar dressing for extra protein and tang. 

Try this recipe from Sunkissed Kitchen.

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5. Thai Steak Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai, Courtesy of What Molly Made

Courtesy of What Molly Made

Thai cuisine is well-known for its bold mix of flavors and textures, and that really comes through in one of our favorite, Thai-inspired steak salad recipes. With cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions paired with peanuts, mint, and Thai bird chilies (if you like heat), it’s a total flavor bomb. Marinating your ribeye or sirloin before cooking is an easy step that adds umami to the dish. And don’t forget the quick homemade dressing, featuring lime, ginger, sriracha, maple syrup, and peanut butter.

Try this recipe from What Molly Made.

6. Citrus Filet Salad

Steak Salad Recipes, Citrus, Courtesy of The Organic Kitchen

Courtesy of The Organic Kitchen

Lean filet mignon is an elegant steak, and it gets the star treatment in this attractive salad that’s nice enough for company. The simply cooked steak sits atop a bed of butter lettuce, with sliced orange and avocado. Drizzle it with champagne vinaigrette and top with roasted pistachios and bright pomegranate seeds for a perfect finish. Note: If you can’t find blood oranges, use regular ones.

Try this recipe from The Organic Kitchen Blog.

7. Fajita Steak Salad 

Steak Salad Recipes, Fajita, Courtesy of The View from Great Island

Courtesy of The View from Great Island

This fajita-inspired steak salad features sliced ribeye over romaine, bell peppers, red onion, corn, black olives, and cherry tomatoes. Be sure to rub your steak with fajita seasoning (either store-bought or homemade) before cooking. Sear the peppers and onions well to give the salad that sizzling fajita vibe.

Try this recipe from The View from Great Island.

8. Thai Steak and Noodle Salad

 Noodle, Courtesy of Darlene's Table

Courtesy of Darlene’s Table

No one said steak salad recipes can’t have noodles — and this Thai steak and noodle salad features ramen or egg noodles to add lots of texture. The Thai-inspired dressing includes lime juice, chili paste, fish sauce, chili sauce, honey, and garlic (we’d swap olive oil for the vegetable oil here). There’s also tons of fresh produce, of course:  arugula, mangos, microgreens, savoy cabbage, cilantro, and scallions.

Try this recipe from Darlene’s Table.

9. Steak Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Steak Salad Recipes, Horseradish, Courtesy of A Pinch of Salt Lake

Courtesy of A Pinch of Salt Lake

Horseradish is a popular topping or dipping sauce for steak, so this salad’s horseradish dressing will pair perfectly with flank steak. To make the dressing, combine cream (or Greek yogurt), horseradish, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a little sugar, salt, and lemon pepper. Toppings include mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, and gorgonzola cheese.

Try this recipe from A Pinch of Salt Lake.

10. Southwest Steak Salad

Steak Salad Recipes, Southwest, Courtesy of Garlic & Zest

Courtesy of Garlic & Zest

Here’s a southwestern take on a Cobb salad, with grilled steak (choose your fave cut), jammy eggs, sweet corn, avocado, tomatoes, red chilies, cilantro, and kidney beans. A chili-honey-lime dressing and queso fresco make the perfect toppers.

Try this recipe from Garlic & Zest.

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