Skirt Steak microgreen salad with chimichurri sauce

 

My mother in law has got me hooked on these “micro greens” and I want to put them in everything! I’ll be posting a micro green slaw for taco’s in a couple days, that is sure to be delicious!

If you need an easy healthy dinner idea- this is for you. I made this with a skirt steak, but I highly recommend using a marinated flank steak. The skirt steak is too chewy for me! 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 LB skirt steak or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, garlic powder, smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4c red wine
  • 1/2 of a large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1c peas
  • 1 heaping cup of heirloom grape tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced, or diced
  • 1 head of butter lettuce or arugula
  • a handful of cilantro and onion micro greens (however you much you prefer.)

For the chimichurri sauce:

  • 3/4c good quality EVOO
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 large shallot, rough chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1c mint, stems removed
  • 2c parsley, stems removed
  • 2c cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 jalapeno, rough chopped (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  • In a blender or food processor, add in all chimichurri sauce ingredients and blend until chunky-smooth.
  • Add 1 tbsp EVOO to a medium sized pan on medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add your sliced steak. Season with salt, cumin, coriander, garlic and smoked paprika. Once halfway cooked, add in your onions and saute until the steak is finished cooking. Add in your wine, and let it reduce.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil. once boiling, add your asparagus and peas. Turn the heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, tear up your lettuce leaves. Top with the beef and onion mixture, asparagus, peas, tomatoes, avocado and micro greens.
  • Add in some chimichurri sauce, and toss it all together. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 


Spring Flank Steak Salad

This flank steak salad sure was a hit tonight! It was once again ridiculously hot out today, so I decided that my BBQ was the best cooking source for the evening! This is loaded with flavour and fresh veggies (that I of course also grilled on the BBQ) and the “dressing” is a less intense version of a chimichurri sauce. It was actually quite refreshing.

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Ingredients:

For the steak-

  • 1 flank steak, pounded to a half inch, or at least the same thickness throughout
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground salt
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin

For the “Dressing” –  you don’t HAVE to grill all of these, you can simply just puree them all together uncooked.

  • 1 Avocado, halved – grilled
  • 1/2 large bunch of cilantro, rough chopped (I did not grill this.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grilled
  • 1 bunch of green onions, whites and greens – grilled and rough chopped
  • juice and zest of 2 limes (also grilled the limes.)
  • 1/4c EVOO
  • 1/4c water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, grilled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad-

  • 1 head lettuce of your choice, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • Fresh peas
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced

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Directions:

  1. Heat your outdoor grill to a medium heat. Pat flank steak dry with paper towel, and make small slits against the grain. Do not slice all the way through, maybe only 1/4 of an inch. In a small bowl, mix together your steak spice rub ingredients. Once mixed well, slather on both sides of the steak. Place on the BBQ. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on one side. Flip the steak over and continue cooking until a meat thermometer reads 125F. Remove the steak from the grill to a cutting board and cover it with tin foil to rest.
  2. While your steak is resting, add your halved limes, green onions, avocado, green pepper, garlic and jalapeño pepper to the grill. Let them get a nice char on both sides, and then remove them from the grill. Put the green pepper to the side, as this is not a sauce ingredient.  Place your avocado, cilantro, garlic, green onions, lime juice and zest, EVOO, water, jalapeño pepper, salt, pepper and honey in a blender or food processor. Process until nice and smooth. Taste, and season more if need be.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, add a tbsp of EVOO. Saute your leeks and peas for a couple minutes until the leeks are softened. Remove from heat.
  4. In a large bowl, assemble your salad ingredients – lettuce, peas, green peppers and leeks.
  5. Slice your steak thinly against the grain and add it to the salad bowl. Add some dressing, and toss the salad to mix. Add more dressing if desired.

 


Roasted beet salad with goat cheese and chives

The title of this post says it all: beets, goat cheese and chives. Well, I added a couple more things, but you get the jist of it!

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Ingredients: (serves 3-4)

  • 3 large beets, ends trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • EVOO 2 fat drizzles, separated
  • 1 large lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2c crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3c chives, minced (add much more if desired, they are delicious.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Drizzle your beets with EVOO, and season with salt and pepper. Wrap them in tin foil, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for about 60 minutes, or until they are nice and fork tender.
  3. Let your beets cool down. Once they are cooled, peel their skin off.
  4. Dice up your beets and put them in a bowl. Add your lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, a fat drizzle of EVOO (a little less than a TBSP.) season with salt and pepper, and add in your crumbled goat cheese. Toss your salad together, and serve.

Arugula and walnut salad

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I made this with my delicious herbed pork today and was it ever amazing! The walnuts make this salad! I swear!

Ingredients:

this serves 2

-2 handfuls of arugula

-1/4 cup (or 1 handful of slightly crushed walnuts)

-1/4 c goat cheese, crumbled

-salt and pepper to taste

-3 tbsp good EVOO

-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, toss, and serve!

 

 


Grilled lemon arugula salad

Easy and delicious salads are the best thing ever. It takes seconds to throw together and it goes great with any protein! The grilled lemon really adds a zing to the salad!

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Ingredients:

-8 cups arugula

-1 whole lemon, halved and grilled until brown and black

-1/2c pecorino romano cheese

-1/4-1/2c good EVOO

-salt and pepper to taste

-1/2c almonds, crushed

Mix all ingredients except the lemon in a bowl. Drizzle the grilled lemon in to the salad. Serve!


Fresh Dill and cucumber salad!

In the mood for cucumbers? I love light salads in the summer! There’s nothing better than fresh garden veggies and herbs to make a delicious side to a meal.

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 2 English cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2c dill, rough chopped
  • 1/2c green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4c mint, rough chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a bowl, toss and serve with Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki

Roasted Beet Kale Salad

Roasted Beet Kale Salad

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Ingredients:

4 large beets, trimmed, scrubbed and quartered

1 large onion, diced

3 tbsp minced fresh ginger

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced (or grated.)

1/4 c olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsp real maple syrup

1.5-2 tbsp honey dijon mustard

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 c fresh parlsey, roughly chopped

zest and juice of one lemon

1 small head of kale, or 4 large leaves of kale, roughly chopped

Directions:

-Preheat your oven to 450 Fahrenheit. Place your beats in a roasting dish, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil, and bake 45 mins to 1 hour, or until tender. * It is always good to do the beets before hand so they have time to cool. I used my beets when they were still a little warm, just my preference!

-Once cooled, remove the skin of the beets and chop into 1″ chunks. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan over med-high heat. Add onions, garlic, ginger and parsley. Cook until softened. Season with salt and pepper.

-Add kale to a large bowl. Add the beets, garlic and onion mixture, maple syrup, honey dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, more fresh chopped parsley and the lemon juice and zest. Serve!