Summer Steak Salad with Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette
Umami-rich grilled flank steak tops a bed of baby spinach, crisp green beans, and sweet strawberries in this light summer steak salad drizzled with a sparkling, tangy Champagne shallot vinaigrette.
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I was compensated for writing the original article, “Beef Days of Summer,” and developing the recipe found in the July 2016 issue of Today’s Dietitian. I was not compensated for sharing the column or magazine with readers on my blog. All opinions are my own.
The past few weeks have been brutally hot here in New York, which means turning on the oven or standing in front of the stove top are not my favorite activities. But a girl (and her family) has to eat! To keep cool and stay nourished, I turn to summer salads for my meal of choice. There’s no shortage of salad recipes in the recipe library, but I always seem to come up with something new.
Sometimes I throw together a salad with whatever’s lingering in the refrigerator, like this Thai Chicken Salad. Other times, I’m more methodical and think about the flavor pairings, like I did with this Spinach Salad with Jicama, Black Beans, and Lime Vinaigrette.
This new Summer Steak Salad with Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette falls into the latter category of well-thought out recipes. I made it for my Culinary Corner column in the July issue of Today’s Dietitian Magazine. I was charged with making an entree salad perfect for the hot days of summer, and that’s what you have.
Other than the few minutes you stand at the grill to cook the steak, this recipe is prepped in no time and will leave you full and satiated without the heft of richer beef meals. You can even cook up the steak a day before and serve it cold from the fridge or room temperature if you can’t bear to be outside! Or stay in the air conditioning and broil it in the oven, especially if you don’t own a grill.
The salad itself is composed of baby spinach, green beans that are bright and crisp from a quick blanch, sweet ruby red strawberries, and crunchy radishes and toasted almonds. As delicious as all that sounds on it’s own, the icing on the cake is the sparkling, tangy Champagne shallot vinaigrette dressing. Strawberries and Champagne just go together, don’t they?! You may remember I paired them in my Strawberry Arugula Salad back in May too.
Oh, and if you think this is an adults-only meal, think again. My girls gobbled it up and wanted more thanks to the sweet and savory combos in the salad and that delicious dressing that made the spinach that much more palatable to them.
So stay cool and enjoy this nutritious and delicious dinner tonight!
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Summer Steak Salad with Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette
Umami-rich grilled flank steak tops a bed of baby spinach, crisp green beans, and sweet strawberries in this light summer salad drizzled with a sparkling, tangy champagne shallot vinaigrette. Gluten-free and dairy-free.
For the Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette:
- 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
- 2 teaspoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 clove garlic,, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper,, to taste
For the Salad:
- 6 ounces green beans,, trimmed
- Cooking spray , or oil for grill grates
- 1 pound flank steak
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 1 cup quartered strawberries
- 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds,, toasted
To make the vinaigrette:
- In a small food processor, combine all vinaigrette ingredients and purée until smooth and emulsified.
To make the salad:
- Bring a small pot of water to boil; add green beans and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until bright green. Drain and run green beans under cold water or shock in a bowl of ice water.
- Spray grill grates with nonstick cooking spray or brush grates with oil. Heat grill to 500° F.
- Place steak on the grill and cover to cook, flipping once, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Transfer steak to cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain.
- Drain green beans and pat dry. In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blanched green beans, strawberries, radishes, toasted almonds, and just enough of the shallot vinaigrette to coat lightly. Portion onto four plates, top with sliced steak, drizzle with additional vinaigrette, and serve.
To toast almonds, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385
This is such a pretty looking dish! I love adding fresh berries to my summer salads and that dressing sounds so delightful 🙂
Thanks so much Sonali! I love combining fruit and veggies in salads. I don’t mix meat and dairy, but goat cheese would be a delicious addition to this salad too for those who do!
This looks lovely. I love summer salads like this, especially with beautiful strawberries like that.
Thank you so much Emily! Strawberries add such a great natural sweetness to salads!
This looks so pretty and refreshing! I might give it a try and sub in marinated tofu for the steak! Yum!
Thanks Rachel! I bet grilled tofu or portobello mushrooms would be amazing on this salad too!
Looks so delicious. I just love a good steak salad. Thanks!
Thanks Dawn! Hope you give it a try!
Beautiful salad! And I love steak!
Thanks so much Linda! Hope you give it a try!
I have been living off of salads – love them all right now. This one looks especially delicious with that champagne vinaigrette.
Champagne shallot dressing, yum!
Thanks! Hope you give it a try!
Love the combination of the steak with the strawberries! So sweet and savory!
Thanks so much! I love sweet and savory combos too!
Love the flavor combo!
Thanks so much Cindy!
This looks delish! Can’t wait to give it a try!
Thanks so much Crystal! Hope you enjoy it when you do!
This salad screams summer! Love all the colours
Yes, it does! Thanks Abbey!
that champagne vinegar dressing sounds delish. My boys might eat this salad for dinner!
Thanks Deborah – it’s a great dressing that works on many salads. And this summer steak salad is perfect for dinner! Hope your boys enjoy 🙂
Looks like an amazing salad and I coudl leave the steak on for my husband and oldest and swap it for something for mini and me…I’m thinking salmon.
Yes, definitely! Let me know if you give it a try Sarah!
This is my perfect summer salad right here. Love everything about it!
Love hearing that Kelly! Thanks!
i love making homemade dressings..and this vinaigrette sounds like a really delicious one! perfect weeknight dinner.
Thanks Dixya! Until last week I could say that I never buy dressing, but I did get Trader Joe’s Green Goddess dressing last week and it’s yummy. But there really is nothing like making dressing from scratch!
I need a good steak salad in my life and this looks like it fits the bill! *-*
I assure you it does Farrah! Enjoy!
I am always looking for summer meals that are light and refreshing and this looks perfect. I love getting some protein in my salads.
Thanks so much Vicky! Hope you enjoy it soon!
This salad is divine. I love the combination of strawberries and steak. Def one to try!
Thanks Jacqueline! I’m all about sweet and savory combos!
This came out great. I love steak in a salad and the vinaigrette was spot on. Nice and light for the summer
Thanks so much Mike. enjoy!
What a delicious salad! This is pretty enough for lunch or even a dinner party.
Thanks so much Julie. Hope you give it a try soon!
This steak salad sounds so flavorful and delicious! I could imagine using that Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette in so many recipes!
Thanks Rebecca. The dressing is definitely a winner for any salad!
I’m also a big fan of salads when it’s really hot and also tend to clean out my fridge when making them. Love the sound of that champagne dressing you topped on this salad.
Then you will love this salad Stephanie! Thanks for sharing!