Southwestern Steak Salad with a Chipotle Vinaigrette

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A juicy steak salad, loaded with crunchy fried onions, crisp veggies, and a smokey chipotle vinaigrette. 

chipotle dressing, marinated steak, tomatoes, carrots, corn, spring mix, southwest salad, spicyWe rarely eat red meat in our house, so when we do make it, it has to be good! I am really picky about my steak salads. I like a little bit of crunch and lots of veggies. I prefer salads that have a lot going on. Does anyone else feel that way? I just gotta have all my favorite toppings…which is why this salad is absolutely loaded.

I marinated up my steak the night before I grilled it. It made all the difference in the world. Believe me when I say, do NOT skip this step. chipotle dressing, marinated steak, tomatoes, carrots, corn,  spring mix, southwest salad, spicyOkay moving right along. I always start my salads with a crisp baby spring mix. I know that traditional steak salads have blue cheese crumbles but over here we like big ol’ chunks of salty feta. For crunch I added shredded carrots, crunchy fried onion, and jicama! Have you ever had jicama? It is a Mexican root vegetable that is a cross between an apple and a potato. It has a serious crunch factor and its low in calories. Winning. You can find it at almost any major grocery store. Next, I added some sweet corn and some juicy red tomatoes. (Told ya, this salad is packed!)

chipotle dressing, marinated steak, tomatoes, carrots, corn,  spring mix, southwest salad, spicyBecause this steak salad had a southwestern feel to it, I decided to make a smokey chipotle vinaigrette to top it all off. This vinaigrette was my favorite part. It has the perfect balance of smokey and spicy. And did I mention it is so easy?! I just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, blend for a couple seconds and bam, ya got homemade dressing. You will never want to use bottled dressing again.

chipotle dressing, marinated steak, tomatoes, carrots, corn,  spring mix, southwest salad, spicyAnd there you have it. My idea of a perfect steak salad….now if I could just have a housekeeper to clean up those dishes. That would be TOO perfect.


 

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Southwestern Steak Salad & Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
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A southwestern steak salad, loaded with crunchy fried onions, crisp veggies, and a smokey chipotle vinaigrette.
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Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
For Marinade:
  • 1 lb. Flank Steak (or thin cut beef sirloin)
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
For Steak Salad:
  • Baby Spring Mix
  • ⅓ Cup Shredded Carrots
  • ⅓ Cup Corn (White or Yellow)
  • ⅓ Cup Jicama, diced
  • 5-6 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 oz. Feta Cheese, cut into cubes (crumbled feta would work nicely too)
  • Fried Onions for topping (I used French's)
For Smokey Chipotle Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tablespoons Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce (include sauce in measurements)
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Handful of Cilantro
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
To Marinate Steak:
  1. Combine flank steak and all ingredients for the marinade in a large freezer bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or over night.
  2. When steak has finished marinating grill on each side for 3-6 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness or your steak and how well you prefer it to be cooked).
To assemble the salad:
  1. In a large salad bowl combine baby bring mix, shredded carrots, corn, jicama, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Top the salad with sliced steak, crunchy onion, and the chipotle vinaigrette.
For Smokey Chipotle Vinaigrette:
  1. In a food processor or blender combine all ingredients and pulse until well blended. Serve Immediately and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

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