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Poor Man’s Steak Salad

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For the steak rub

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon hot paprika
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion*
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 40 turns fresh ground black pepper (on the fine setting)

For the salad

  • 1 top round steak, any size you like
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange), seeded and cut into 2″ strips
  • 2 heads hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped baby spinach
  • 1 cup diced baby carrots
  • 1 cup diced zucchini


  1. Take out the steak, dry off both sides with some paper towels, and leave on a cutting board or large plate while you do the following steps.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the steak rub. Generously rub both sides of the steak with the rub, pressing it in with your fingers in a circular motion. Rub it into the ends as well. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, preheat some olive oil on medium low. When pan is preheated, add the bell peppers and sprinkle with a little salt. Saute them on medium low for about 20-30 min, stirring occasionally, until soft and flexible, while you do the rest of the steps.
  4. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the dressing, whisk together and set aside.
  5. Get your salad together: In a large bowl combine lettuce, spinach, carrots, and zucchini. Set aside.
  6. Preheat your grill or oven. I used my oven. For oven cooking: preheat oven to 450° on broil. Put steak on broiler pan on top oven rack. Leave oven door slightly open while broiling (you can prop it open with some rolled up tinfoil). Broil for 3-4 minutes each side, depending on your preference and thickness of steak.
  7. When steak is done. Take out and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Slice on the diagonal against the grain.
  8. Before mixing salad, vigorously whisk dressing until it is emulsified. Pour over salad, add peppers, and toss together. Top with steak slices.


*Granulated onion and garlic is not the same as “powder.” Powder is going to have a more intense flavor because it is finer in texture. If you’re using powder, you might want to use less than stated in recipe, taste, and then add more if necessary.

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