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Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad

Here’s a salad I created for all of the Dad’s out there:  Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad

My husband is one of those guys who doesn’t picture “salad” as dinner.  I’ve mentioned this many times before, but he’s actually beginning to come around to the idea!  I’ve convinced him that if I add things like spicy marinated and grilled AMAZING skirt steak and gorgonzola crumbles to the salad, that it becomes much more than just a measly old salad.  He’s definitely on board for this one!


I’m featuring this awesome hot sauce in my recipe today.  I’ve been seriously using up all of these flavors on just about everything I eat- especially eggs.  I love the stuff.

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad 1

The steak marinade I created ALSO acts as the salad dressing (bonus!).  You’ll need the Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce for this recipe.  It’s spicy on its own, but in the marinade it just adds to the flavor (the steak does not come out majorly spicy or anything).  In the dressing, you’ll taste a little bit of a kick, but that’s all balanced out with the sweet berries and tangy gorgonzola in the salad.

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad 2

It’s all a beautiful summer salad combination.  If you’ve never had berries in a salad, then you totally need to try it.  And combined with steak… it’s just really, really good.

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad -

My husband was very happy with this salad, and he gave his stamp of approval to share with my readers as a Father’s Day salad recipe (man-approved).  I used skirt steak in this salad, which is my favorite cut of steak of all time… SO good and tender.  The marinade in this recipe is PERFECT for the skirt steak.  Hint:  Whole Foods has skirt steak, and you can pick up a small amount of it instead of buying it already packaged at the regular market.  Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 2 as main dish (4 as side dish)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8min

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Cholula green pepper hot sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons honey
juice from one lime
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound skirt steak (or flank steak, but skirt is better!)
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese


1. Mix marinade/dressing: In a medium bowl or jar, whisk together the oil, vinegar, hot sauce, garlic, honey, lime and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Remove 1/3 cup of the mixture and set it aside to use as the salad dressing. Place steak in a large ziploc baggie. Add remaining marinade to the bag and move around to combine. Refrigerate and let marinate for at least a couple of hours and up to 4 hours.

2. Grill: Preheat grill to medium. Drain marinade from the steak. Grill steak until done- a few minutes on each side (it cooks quickly since this is such a thin cut). Let rest a few minutes, then chop the steak.

3. Assemble the salad (as a main dish): Divide the lettuce between two plates. Divide remaining ingredients in half and decoratively arrange on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the reserved salad dressing on top of each salad and serve.


Disclosure:  I am working with Cholula to bring you a recipe featuring their hot sauce.  Cholula is a product that I use in my kitchen often, and I’m happy to share it with you!

21 Responses to “Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad”

  1. postedJun 9, 2014 3:54 AM

    Your hubs sounds EXACTLY like mine! a salad is just not dinner to hi…but throw a little steak (ok, a lot) and cheese (again, a lot) and it works.
    He also LOVES Cholula (we have a ton!) So, this is perfect! LOVE the berry addition 🙂 Pinned!

  2. postedJun 9, 2014 5:17 AM

    Do love Cholula! Salad looks great! Yum!

  3. postedJun 9, 2014 5:51 AM

    Yum!! We love steak salads in our house – so delicious! I love your recipe – it is just gorgeous!

  4. postedJun 9, 2014 6:13 AM

    I seriously wish I was at your house eating this salad. All of those ingredients — and that dressing! — sound right up my alley. And I LOVE the colors! 🙂

  5. postedJun 9, 2014 7:06 AM

    Such a beautiful and hearty salad! My hubbie would love it!!!

  6. postedJun 9, 2014 7:23 AM

    That looks like an awesome meal!

  7. postedJun 9, 2014 7:55 AM

    Beautiful salad, Lori! My Hubby will go crazy for it!

  8. postedJun 9, 2014 8:10 AM

    Wow this sounds amazing! Will have to make this soon!

  9. postedJun 9, 2014 11:46 AM

    Grilled flank steak in a salad is perfect! What a delicious, gorgeous looking salad! Pinned!

  10. postedJun 9, 2014 1:05 PM

    This is a beautiful summer salad! Looks so good!

  11. postedJun 9, 2014 3:36 PM
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    What a great salad. My hubs would go for this. We love cholula sauce here.

  12. postedJun 10, 2014 6:12 AM

    Yum! Definately a hearty salad!

  13. postedJun 10, 2014 6:52 AM

    Love this salad and double-duty marinade/dressing!

  14. postedJun 10, 2014 7:33 AM

    LOVE this salad, Lori. And I’m really loving all the new hot sauce flavors. 🙂

  15. postedJun 11, 2014 5:09 AM

    Yay for another Cholula recipe! So glad you are working with them because I LOVE their product and LOVE your recipes. This is a perfect salad and one I know I could get my husband on board with thanks to that steak 🙂 Pinned!

  16. postedJun 11, 2014 2:01 PM

    This is exactly how I like to eat an entrée salad – with lots of goodies, flavors, and textures! I can definitely see this being a man-friendly salad with all that delicious grilled steak. Just gorgeous!

  17. postedJun 13, 2014 1:47 PM

    Can you just open a restaurant so I can eat there every day!!!

  18. postedJun 14, 2014 1:40 PM

    This is absolutely my kind of recipe. I adore steak salad, especially with blue cheese!

  19. postedJun 25, 2014 5:04 PM

    love love love cholula! The salad looks perfect.

  20. postedAug 17, 2014 7:17 AM

    We loved this salad. Marinade is awesome. Dressing is awesome! Thank you. Saved in one of our favorites!

  21. postedSep 4, 2014 4:38 PM

    Oh my goodness! I just finished this salad and it is the best salad ever! If my bubbie doesn’t eat his soon, I’m going back for seconds. So simple, so beautiful and so tasty!

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