Steak Salad


Incredible steak salad made with perfectly grilled New York strip steak, tons of veggies, avocado, goat cheese, and a yummy herby vinaigrette dressing!

steak salad in bowl with dressing.

Incredible Steak Salad Recipe

We are huge salad fans at Fit Foodie Finds, especially if they are jam-packed with toppings such as veggies, cheese, and homemade dressing. Our grilled chicken salad, for example, is a reader favorite!

This recipe for steak salad is something that we throw on the menu when we’re searching for leftover steak recipes. When in doubt, we always grill too much steak and have leftovers to eat for a couple of days after!

Today we’re talking all things steak salad. From what kind of steak to use, to the toppings, to the dressing, we’ll teach you how to make the best steak salad recipe EVER.

sliced cooked steak on cutting board.

Best Steak for Salad

We have been swooning over our Grilled New York Strip Steak and that’s what we used in this steak salad. It has the perfect amount of lean meat and fat and cooks so beautifully on the grill.

Our grilled steak recipe is a 3 step process:

  1. Marinate: marinate your New York Strip Steak is the most delicious steak marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. Grill: sear your steak on high at 500ºF for 2 minutes on each side. Then, lower the heat to 400ºF and continue grilling until the internal temperature reaches at least 140ºF for medium/rare.
  3. Rest: let your steak rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

grilled steak on plate with butter


Grilled Steak

Grilling steak may seem intimidating, but in this post, we’ll teach you how to grill steak and make it perfectly juicy on the inside with a beautifully charred crust on the outside every time.

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Other Steak Options

When it comes to your steak temperature, it’s all preference. If you are using your steak hot off the grill, we suggest serving the steak warm. If you’re using leftover steak, cold steak is also delicious.

Our personal preference for salad with steak? HOT!

steak salad ingredients in bowls.

Ingredients for Steak Salad

  • corn
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • avocado

Steak Salad Dressing

This herby vinaigrette dressing is similar to a chimichurri sauce, just simplified and with more oil. It’s made in the food processor and pairs quite nicely with the steak. Here’s what you need:

  • fresh parsley
  • fresh cilantro
  • green onions
  • lemon juice
  • minced garlic
  • lemon zest
  • apple cider vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt

Do I have to use a food processor?

We’ve made this dressing with and without a food processor. The food processor does a nice job of really blending it all together, but it isn’t 100% necessary.

Instead, you can make sure to finely dice everything. You’ll end up with a much chunkier dressing, but it’s still delicious.

steak salad dressing in food processor.

How to Make Steak Salad in 4 steps

There are 4 parts to making the most perfect steak salad. Here’s a brief rundown below!

  1. Make Steak: begin by making your grilled steak. Marinate it, grill it, and let it rest. Then, slice it into thin slices.
  2. Make Steak Salad Dressing: while your steak is marinating, prepare the dressing. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Prep Veggies: chop veggies to your liking.
  4. Assemble: place romaine lettuce on the bottom of 4 bowls and then evenly distribute veggies, steak, cheese, and seeds. Top each salad with the dressing.
topping steak salad with dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Steak salad not enough on its own? Here are some other delicious sides and drinks to go with your salad.

  • Baked Potato in Foil: One of our favorites dinner sides is a baked potato in foil. Whether you’re hoping to make a grilled baked potato in foil or oven-baked potatoes in foil, we’ll teach you how to make a perfect baked potato every time!
  • Oven Roasted Asparagus: Oven roasted asparagus is the best way to eat asparagus! It’s a healthy side dish recipe that’s cooked to perfection.
  • Grilled Corn in Foil: Grilled corn on the cob is a summer staple! Get perfectly cooked corn every time with this easy Grilled Corn in Foil recipe. Enjoy!
  • Smashed Red Potatoes: Need a delicious side for dinner tonight? These smashed red potatoes are flavorful, crispy, and perfect for every potato lover!

We recommend holding off on dressing your salad and storing everything separately until you’re ready to serve. This will prevent your salad from getting soggy. All ingredients will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

steak salad in bowl.

Steak Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steak Salad

  • 7 oz. romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 large avocado sliced
  • 4 English cucumbers sliced (~2 cups)
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz. goat cheese crumbles

Grilled Steak

  • Combine the Worcestershire, balsamic vinegar, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Then transfer it into a large container or gallon-size bag and add the steak. Marinate for at least 30-minutes or up to 2 hours.

    Marinade ingredients whisked together.

  • When you’re ready to cook the steaks remove them from the fridge and bring them to room temperature. Preheat the grill to 500ºF.

  • Sear the steaks over direct heat for 2 minutes on each side to get those gorgeous grill marks. Then, turn the heat down to medium/high (~400ºF) and continue grilling for around 10-15 minutes*, flipping halfway through. For a medium-cooked steak, cook until the internal temperature of the steak is 140ºF

    grilling steak on grill.

  • Once your steaks are cooked to your liking, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 5 minutes. Then slice them into thin strips.

    steak on cutting board.

Salad Dressing

  • While your steaks are marinating, prepare the salad. Place all the ingredients for the dressing into a food processor and process on high until smooth. If it seems a little too thick, option to add a few teaspoons of water. Set aside. 

Steak Salad

  • Next, place the romaine lettuce, avocado, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and corn into a large bowl and toss everything together. 

  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss again. 

    pouring dressing on salad.

  • Finally, top the salad with sliced steak, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese. 

  • Steak: we used leftover grilled New York strip steak for this recipe. You can also use 1.33 lbs. of pretty much any cooked steak. 
  • Serve steak warm or cold depending on your preference.

Calories: 786kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 41g Fat: 58g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 8g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

About Lee Funke

Lee is the founder of Fit Foodie Finds and based in Minneapolis, MN. She started this website in 2010 as a way to share her love for real food and wellness.

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