Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Steak and Mango Salad

Now here's a super tasty salad that will please a man and a woman and will satisfy those pretending to be on a diet! Recipe courtesy of Our Best Bites.


1 lb flank steak
1 head romaine or red leaf lettuce
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 mangoes, sliced
1 or 2 avocados, sliced
1/2 cp chopped cilantro
1/2 cp carmelized macadamia nuts

Dressing & Marinade
1/2 cp fresh squeezed orange juice
6 tsp fresh lime juice
6 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cp olive oil
1/2 cp canola oil


In a bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Continue whisking while slowly drizzling in the oils until combined. Reserve about 3/4 C* and place the rest of the mixture in a zip-lock bag.

Lightly score the flank steak in a diagonal pattern on both sides. Place steak in the zip-lock bag with marinade and leave in fridge for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Remove steak from fridge about 30 minutes prior to cooking and leave at room temperature. You'll want to let the dressing portion to sit at room temp during this time as well. Heat outdoor grill to med-high heat. If an outdoor grill is not available, use the broiler, or an indoor grill pan. Remove steak from bag and let any excess marinade drip off. Sprinkle steak lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until done. In order to stay tender, flank steak should still be pink in the middle, but nicely seared on the outside. When done, remove from grill and wait at least 5 minutes before cutting to let the juices redistribute. Then slice into thin slices.

Now comes the assembly. Divide lettuce onto plates and top with slices of mango, avocado, and red onion. I purposely chose these toppings not only for the perfect blend of flavors and textures, but for the gorgeous color combination- we eat with our eyes first!

Add steak slices and drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle macadamia nuts and cilantro on top.

Makes 4-6 large dinner salads or 6-8 smaller side salads

Darlene's Tips:
Let steak sit for 5 minutes after cooking with out slicing so juices settle in.

Substitute macadamia nuts with pecans, walnuts or almonds

Carmelize nuts with a mixture of brown sugar and butter heated on stove-top until liquified.

Add or substitute chicken or prawns

¡Buen Provecho!

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