Balsamic Steak Salad

Contributed By: Parker


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 beef flat iron steak or top sirloin steak (3/4 pound)
1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-serve salad greens
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 radishes, sliced
1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Crumbled blue cheese and additional pepper, optional


1. For dressing, whisk together first six ingredients. Place steak and 1/4 cup dressing in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Reserve remaining dressing; cover and refrigerate until serving.
2. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 160°), 6 to 8 minutes per side. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
3. To serve, divide salad greens among four plates. Top with steak, tomatoes, radishes and avocado; sprinkle with cranberries and, if desired, cheese and pepper. Serve with reserved dressing.

Helpful Hints:

My husband loves blue cheese and I like a hearty salad that eats like a meal, so I put the two things together to make this steak salad recipe. The sweet-tartness of dried cranberries pairs deliciously with the cheese, creamy avocado and balsamic vinegar. It's irresistible!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
YIELD: 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 321 calories, 22g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 fat, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

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