Mediterranean Flat Iron Steak Salad
Ingredients for the Steak Salad
2 lb flat iron steak, boneless beef shoulder top blade (trimmed)
2 to 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary sprigs, crushed
3 cloves garlic, minced|
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup pitted Cervello or black olives
1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and cut
1 small cucumber, washed and sliced into halves
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
Favorite balsamic dressing
Optional: Avocado slices for garnish
Mix together one tablespoon of olive oil with rosemary, garlic, and lemon juice, then coat the steak. Cut the steaks into about 4 sections, small enough to cook in a skillet. (Alternatively, you can grill them). Next, heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet to medium-high and sear the steaks for 2 minutes on each side, then turn down the heat. Continue to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes (total) until the steaks are medium rare. Remember to turn once while cooking. When done, remove and slice thinly. You are just a few steps away from a wonderful steak salad.
Toss the tomatoes and red onions into the same skillet and cook for 3 or 4 minutes to soften, then remove and set aside. These will go into your salad but they’re more delicious if warmed! Mix your Mediterranean-style salad together by combining the Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, and Cervello olives; add the softened, cooked tomatoes and red onion to the salad. Drizzle the balsamic dressing of your choice. Arrange the steaks over the salad and serve warm. Garnish this mouth-watering salad with avocado slices. Enjoy your delicious steak salad.
Makes 4 servings.
A Little About The Mediterranean Diet and Olive Oil
The health benefits of olive oil are due to oleuropein, and other polyphenols. Olive trees can live hundreds of years. Some people say 1000 years! You can’t cook with it if you plan to heat it on high, so only use this cooking oil on low or medium heat, or as a salad dressing. It’s perfect for a steak salad too! Supplements of olive leaf extract are available which provide the oleuropein in a higher concentration. It’s hard to think about all the benefits of The Mediterranean Diet, but one staple of this is olive oil. Here’s a little information about the Amazing Olive Tree.
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