If I’m going to choose a salad over anything else it has to really be a very good salad. I am not a “throw some cucumbers and tomatoes on a few leaves and call it a meal” kinda gal. Umm that’s a hard no. I’m a meat, potatoes, and roasted veggies kinda gal. But I can be totally tempted to do the whole rabbit food thing if what you’re offering is spectacular.
This is spectacular, friend.
My Southwestern Steak Salad with Lime Vinaigrette is one very hearty salad. It has layers of flavors. A little crunchy. A little sweet. This one will definitely make you say yes to your vegetables and you’ll have no regrets.
Let’s talk about the most important part first, shall we? The steak I’ve selected is top sirloin. This is the same cut of beef I use in kabobs because it’s both tender and inexpensive. I swear I get asked what kind of steak I’ve used every time we serve it up and guests are always surprised and impressed.
The marinade is quick and comprised of only four ingredients. I use some version of this marinade recipe all the dang time. I’m willing to bet you’ll be doing the same once you get your first bite.
Of course you can prepare your steak on the grill, slice it up, and add it to your salad. Nothing wrong with that. Although for this recipe I choose to slice my steak first and sear it in a pan on the stove. Why? I’m already using a skillet for my peppers and onions so it’s just easier. Plus it’s not hard to get your steak cooked exactly how you want it this way. If you prefer your steak a little rare just toss the slices in the pan, flip, and voila! If you prefer your steak a little more done just give it a few extra seconds.
Now on to the other toppings!
Peppers and onions just belong with steak, don’t they? I’ll answer for you. They do. They really really do. Sauteing them brings out more of their natural sweetness.
Tomatoes. Yes please.
Avocado. Obviously. (To get these pretty slices just cut your avocado in half. Gently remove the skin and the pit. Place each half pit side down on a cutting board. Use your knife to cut very thin slices horizontally. Fan the avocado out a bit and add to your salad.)
Fresh cilantro. Because you know I can’t make anything without fresh herbs.
Pistachios. I’m a big believer in mixing different textures in salads and these babies are perfectly crunchy and salty.
The final touch to this incredible salad is the dressing. You’re only three ingredients (yes, three!) away from this crazy tasty Lime Vinaigrette. It doesn’t get easier than this one. You may have extra dressing after making this salad too. If so, just refrigerate your leftover dressing and use it again and again!
And there you have it! One gorgeously satisfying salad that’s sure to please! Plus it’s completely dairy free, gluten free, and Whole30 compliant. BOOM.
Made this and loved it? If you share a photo of your salad on Instagram tag me so I can check it out!
Southwestern Steak Salad with Lime VinaigrettePrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1.5 - 2 lbs top sirloin steak
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 bell peppers red, orange, or yellow
- 1 medium onion yellow, white, or red
- 3 heads of romaine lettuce chopped, can use another leafy green of choice
- 1 small container of cherry or grape tomatoes halved
- 1 medium avocado ripe, sliced
- 1/2 cup pistachios shelled
- 1/4 cup olive oil light, do not use extra virgin
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- Cut your steak into thin slices. Toss them in a Ziploc bag with all marinade ingredients. Seal. Lay flat. Massage the bag with your fingers to make sure the marinade is evenly distributed throughout the steak. Let the marinade work it's magic for at least 30 minutes.
- Add olive oil to a skillet on medium to medium high heat.
- Chop your peppers and onion into strips. Place them in the hot skillet. They're done when they've started to wilt and have some nice browning.
- Remove cooked peppers and onions from heat and set aside.
- Add your sliced marinaded steak to the same skillet. Sear and cook according to your preferences. Because the steak is already cut it will cook fast no matter how you like it.
- To assemble the salad, divide your chopped lettuce into bowls. Top with tomatoes, avocados, and pistachios. Add peppers, onions, and steak.
- Combine all Lime Vinaigrette ingredients in a jar and shake. Drizzle over each finished salad when you're ready to serve!
This recipe is plenty to serve to 4 people as an entree. If you're just making it for one I recommend going ahead and making the full recipe because this salad does beautifully when made in advance. (Just don't add the dressing to the salads until you're ready to serve.) It's so much easier to eat healthy when you meal prep!
If you have extra Lime Vinaigrette leftover just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.