Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad

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

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad on a square white plate with steak piled in the middle and veggies, lettuce and fruit and blue cheese crumbles piled around the steak. two forks on the side. on a white plank table

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 Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad!

Making dressing for salad with a bottle of cholulua green hot sauce, a measuring cup and a jar with a whisk. set on a cutting board.

Marinade Doubles as dressing for this Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad:

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 on a square white plate with steak piled in the middle and veggies, lettuce and fruit and blue cheese crumbles piled around the steak. on a white plank table

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 on a square white plate with steak piled in the middle and veggies, lettuce and fruit and blue cheese crumbles piled around the steak. on a white plank table

My husband was very happy with this salad, and he gave his stamp of approval to share with my readers as a main dish salad recipe. I’m pretty sure I’d have shared it even if he wasn’t into it!

What kind of steak should you use for steak salad?

I used skirt steak in this salad, which is my favorite cut of steak to use for steak salad… 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.  You can also use flank steak, though it’s thicker and will take a bit longer to grill.

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The next time you’re making dinner, consider making Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad for dinner. It’s great!  Enjoy!

Here are a few more salad recipes you might like to try:

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Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad

The best main dish summer salad recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Servings 2 main dish servings
Calories 784kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled, salad, Steak, summer



  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces skirt or flank steak (I prefer skirt!)


  • 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 or blue cheese



  • 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.


  • Preheat the grill to medium. Drain the marinade from the steak. Grill the 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.


  • Divide the lettuce between two plates. Divide the remaining ingredients in half and decoratively arrange on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the reserved salad dressing on top of each salad and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 784kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1359mg | Potassium: 1408mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 19332IU | Vitamin C: 227mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 6mg


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  • Sarah wrote:

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

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    love love love cholula! The salad looks perfect.

  • Carolyn wrote:

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

  • robin wrote:

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

  • Julia wrote:

    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!

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron wrote:

    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!

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

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

  • Shinee wrote:

    Love this salad and double-duty marinade/dressing!

  • Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures wrote:

    Yum! Definately a hearty salad!

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg wrote:

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

  • Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen wrote:

    This is a beautiful summer salad! Looks so good!

  • Julia | wrote:

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

  • Dani Meyer wrote:

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

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

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

  • Amanda wrote:

    That looks like an awesome meal!

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade wrote:

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

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven wrote:

    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! 🙂

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

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

  • dc wrote:

    Do love Cholula! Salad looks great! Yum!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    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!