A family favorite that is simple, light and delicious. It will have you feeling satisfied and not super full.
I like to include a variety of foods within my diet and I try my best to focus on more plant-based foods but I will ALWAYS enjoy a good steak! I do not believe in restricting myself from the foods I enjoy but I know I can and will eat them in moderation. So when it comes to eating protein, I like to include both animal and plant-based proteins such as chicken, fish, beef, beans, tofu and nuts. And this family recipe can be modified easily to include the protein you desire!
And I have to say: It's OK to eat meat!
Red meat is a great source of protein, iron, zinc, B12 and is a nutritious option. I found a wealth of information from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on nutrition, preparation, and just about anything you'd want to know about beef.
This salad includes grilled flank steak on a bed of mixed greens, thin rice noodles and fresh cut vegetables. What's the secret ingredient? Italian dressing as a steak marinade (yes, I said dressing!) and a home-made Asian-style citrus vinaigrette for the salad - or you can opt for store-bought orange sesame dressing.
Asian Steak Salad
Makes about 3-4 servings
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 orange, juiced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of kosher salt
In a small bowl or mason jar, combine all ingredients together. Mix well. Store in refrigerator and shake well before each use.
1 pound flank steak
2 cups Italian dressing (I use Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing but you can use your favorite brand - marinate flank steak in dressing preferably overnight, but up to 2 hours before cooking)
1 small cucumber, unpeeled and diced
1 tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
4 cups mixed greens (I chopped up romaine, iceberg and red leaf)
1- 14 ounce box of rice noodles, cooked (follow directions on packaging - I used Thai Kitchen® gluten-free thin rice noodles)
Pour Italian dressing over flank steak. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Grill flank steak until desired level of cooking, for medium rare cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Spread more marinade on each side when you flip it.
Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Slice into 1/2 inch deep pieces, slicing it long ways.
To assemble salad: add mixed greens, rice noodles and chopped vegetables. Pour dressing over and toss salad. Add flank steak to salad and enjoy!