SW Grilled Steak Salad w/Cilantro Dressing

Diane Hopson Smith


Perfect warm weather salad! Very refreshing and loaded with wonderful flavors of the southwest! While I did all my grilling on the stovetop, this would be a perfect outdoor grilled meal.

I used steak today, but grilled chicken will be next with the same marinate.

Hope you enjoy!


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20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


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  • 1/2 bunch
    cilantro, fresh (chopped in to large piece, removing any large stems)
  • 1/2 medium
    jalapeno, seeded, chopped in chunks
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice, fresh
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2 large
    garlic cloves

  • 2
    steaks, i used sirlion (chicken would also work well)
  • 1 large
    red bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
  • 2
    green onions, sliced
  • 1
    ear of corn, fresh (grill and cut corn from cob)
  • 6
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small
    avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 2 slice
    bacon, fried and crumbled
  • ·
    lettuce, torn
  • ·
    cheese, shredded, optional

  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 medium
    jalapeno pepper, chopped in chunks
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    lime juice, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 large
    garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 pinch

How to Make SW Grilled Steak Salad w/Cilantro Dressing


  1. MARINATE: Combine all marinade ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour marinade over steak in a large ziploc bag and seal. Massage marinade over steaks; place in fridge for 2-5 hours.
  2. DRESSING: Combine all ingredients in a small blender and process until well combine. Store in fridge until ready to use.
  3. Remove steaks from fridge to counter about 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  4. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. I used 2 grill pans today, one for the steak and one for the corn & peppers. I spray a little PAM on my pan. When good and hot, add steak and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness and how you like your steak cooked. Remember, you can't undo it if you over cook your steak but you can always throw it back on the heat if not done enough for your liking.
  5. Once steak is done, remove from heat and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  6. Coat the corn and bell pepper with cooking spray. Place only the corn in grill pan. It will take about 12 minutes to cook, turning the corn often. Add the pepper the last 5 minutes. The last minute I added water to the bottom of the pan which gave me a good steam, covered the pan and turned the heat off.
  7. Once corn and peppers are done, cut corn from cob and coarsely chop the pepper.
  8. To plate, start with torn lettuce and then add sliced steak, corn, peppers, bacon pieces, green onion, avocado and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing. NOTE: added shredded chesse if desired.

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About SW Grilled Steak Salad w/Cilantro Dressing

Course/Dish: Chicken, Beef, Salads
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

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