Summer comes and goes, but my internal food alarm seems to be ringing off the hook for summer food and flavors year-round. At the top of my list are juicy California strawberries and steak. Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to enjoy them together in a recipe? Good news: I’ve created a salad recipe that brings them together in new way, a Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad.
I love pairing bold-flavored foods, like steak, with fresh and light ingredients like strawberries to create surprising combinations. Plus, layering a lean steak on top of a mound of nutrient rich ingredients is a balanced way to enjoy it any day of year.
Instead of using fresh strawberries in this steak, I enhanced the strawberries by slow roasting them. This turns them into a naturally-sweet chutney/dressing on top of this flavor-explosion of a salad. If you’ve never roasted strawberries before then today is the day and this recipe is the place to start.
While the prep time looks lengthy in the recipe below, it’s mostly hands-off cook time. You can even prep many of the cooked ingredients ahead of time and reheat right before serving. Truly, this salad is easy to put together but is a show-stopper for looks and flavor. I hope you will give it a try at your first summer gathering or at your dinner table this week.
- 1 lb fresh California strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, and cut in half
- 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 lb top sirloin fillets, lean
- 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1” pieces
- 6 cups spring mix greens
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1½ cups cooked quinoa (from about ¾ cup dry quinoa)
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
- 2 Tbsp chiffonade fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a 2 quart baking dish (or 8x8 square pan), toss strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Bake strawberries for 50 minutes, checking every 15 minutes and gently tossing in the juices.
- Meanwhile, cook quinoa if needed.
- Then, heat a heavy skillet (cast iron if you have it) over medium high heat. Season fillets with pepper and salt. When skillet is hot, add vegetable oil, then cook fillets to medium doneness, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside on a cutting board to rest. After about 5 minutes (more time is OK), thinly slice steak against the grain.
- Reduce the skillet heat to medium and add green beans. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook till evaporated or green beans are crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
- When strawberries are done baking, assemble salad. Layer a large platter with the spring mix greens, then spoon cooked quinoa on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Layer green beans on top of quinoa. Place steak slices on top of salad then spoon cooked strawberries and juice on top. Lastly, arrange sesame seeds, mozzarella pearls, and basil all around salad to your preference. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of fresh, ground black pepper on top.
Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD of MakeHealthyEasy.com.