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.
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 here at Nutritioulicious, 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!
What’s your beat-the-heat summer dinner?