Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe with Basil Dressing

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This is such a hearty, healthy, fresh, and vibrant Steak Salad Recipe!  It has tender strips of garlic-rubbed grilled flank steak over grilled romaine, bright tomatoes, and fresh cool basil yogurt dressing.  Now, if you’ve never had grilled romaine, oh man are you in for a treat!  It gets this slightly charred, slightly nutty, deep new amazing flavor that is nothing like the boring lettuce you know.  It’s for this reason, you really only need a few ingredients to add and it’s just perfect.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS?

If you buy an even bigger flank steak than you need, you can get another dinner out of it.  I highly recommend a quick Stroganoff!  Just slice the flank steak thin and set aside.  Saute some sliced mushrooms in a large pan/skillet with finely diced onion and garlic.  Whisk in broth and sour cream, and then add the flank steak slices in just to warm them up.  Serve with noodles or rice or quinoa.  Click here to get 30 More Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas.

Here are some other tasty ideas for any leftover flank steaks:

Fork holding bit of sliced grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you will need access to a grill. Ideally, this would be a an outdoor grill, either gas or charcoal. However, you can also use a stovetop grill. If you don’t have a grill available, you can sear the romaine and the steak in a large skillet. You will want to finish the steak in the oven 350 F degrees for 15-20 min.

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

For the Basil Yogurt dressing, a blender or mini food processor is perfect for the job.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR FLANK STEAK SALAD RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can make my Creamy Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing up to 5 days in advance.  The recipe is not in this post, so be sure to click the recipe link for that one.  All ingredients go into the blender and it takes only minutes!

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

You can also make the marinade and marinate the flank steak 2 days in advance.  

Steak marinade ingredients in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Steak and marinade in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Can I use any other cut of beef or protein?

Flank steak really is the best for this recipe since it’s so easy to cook and always comes out perfectly tender for me.  However, if you cannot get flank steak, you will want to use another steak that is tender enough to grill, such as strip steak or even filet.  You could also make this recipe with chicken breast or shrimp!

COOK & ASSEMBLE YOUR STEAK SALAD RECIPE

Preheat your grill on high.  The flank steak will grill for about 5-7 minutes per side.  Five minutes will give you a beautiful medium rare.  Seven minutes will be more medium well.  Both will still be lovely and tender.

The romaine takes only 1-2 minutes per side, so I put them off at the end of the cooking.  Make sure to put them on the lower heat section of the grill and watch them closely.  Some char is great flavor!  Too much char will taste burnt and ashy, but you can simply cut off any part that burns too much.

Flank steak on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

flank steak and romaine lettuce halves on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grilled romaine lettuce halves for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Do I have to grill the lettuce?  Can I use another lettuce?

You do not need to grill the lettuce, you could certainly slice it raw.  I just absolutely love the flavor that the grill imparts for this recipe.  You could also use escarole or green leaf lettuce.  The idea is to get a leafy head of lettuce that can be sliced in half with all of the leaves staying attached.  This way the entire half can grill up nicely.

Slicing the Flank Steak 

Let the flank steak rest for at least 5 minutes so that the juices redistribute into the meat and don’t come running out when you slice it.

To slice it, you will slice thin and on an angle going against the grain (the lines) on the steak. 

Grilled flank steak being sliced on cutting board for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

When you are ready to serve, slice the grape tomatoes in half.  You can either serve the romaine lettuce whole or slice it up.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Sliced Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe with Creamy Basil Dressing

This is such a hearty, healthy, fresh, and vibrant Steak Salad Recipe!  It has tender strips of garlic-rubbed grilled flank steak over grilled romaine, bright tomatoes, and fresh cool basil yogurt dressing.  The romaine lettuce is grilled so it gets this slightly charred, slightly nutty, deep new amazing flavor that is nothing like the boring lettuce you know.  So few ingredients, but so much flavor!! #steaksalad #flanksteak #summerfood #easydinners #easysalads

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, basil, Beef, gluten free, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 837 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Flank Steak

  • 2-2.5 lb Flank Steak
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Salad

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. For this recipe, you can make my Creamy Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing up to 5 days in advance.  All ingredients go into the blender and it takes only minutes!

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  2. Make the marinade by mincing the garlic and adding it to a large storage bag or glass container. Then add the olive oil, Worcestershire Sauce, water, salt, and black pepper. Last, add the flank steak and rub it around in the marinade until completely coated. Once coated, you can immediately grill or let sit sealed in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance.

    Steak and marinade in plastic bag for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Grill and Assemble

  1. Preheat your grill on high.  The flank steak will grill for about 5-7 minutes per side.  Five minutes will give you a beautiful medium rare.  Seven minutes will be more medium well. 

    Flank steak on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  2. For the Romaine lettuce, rinse it to remove any dirt and then completely dry it. Cut in half starting at the stem. Then brush or spray with olive oil. Place on the lower heat section of the grill and watch them closely to ensure they don't burn. They only need 1-2 minutes per side.

    flank steak and romaine lettuce halves on gas grill for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  3. Remove the flank steak from the grill and let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute into the meat and don’t come running out when you slice it. To slice it, you will slice thin and on an angle going against the grain (the lines) on the steak.

    Grilled flank steak being sliced on cutting board for Flank Steak Salad Recipe with halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.
  4. When you are ready to serve, slice the grape tomatoes in half.  You can either serve the romaine lettuce whole or slice it up.  

    Sliced Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe on plate with grilled romaine, halved grape tomatoes, and creamy basil yogurt dressing.

Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

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Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked in skillet with cilantro leaves. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked in skillet with cilantro leaves. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sometimes I feel like a short order cook in my house.  But this recipe is a Quickie that everyone in my family loves!  This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy!  The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat.  It will please any ‘chicken-is-boring’ naysayers and kids love it for the sweet and salty sauce.  Win Win in my house! 

This chicken recipe is part of my Collection of 4 Make Ahead Marinated Chicken Recipes in 30 Minutes.  It takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!!

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro.  It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Versatile Ideas for Serving Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

Raise your hand 🖐 if you need more versatility and flexibility in your busy life!  Well, this recipe falls right in that camp, since I have ideas for serving cold or hot. 

Serving this chicken cold makes it a great meal prep option to bring to work the next day or just a lighter dinner.  It would be great with a flavorful creamy and crunchy Sesame Asian Coleslaw Salad or a nutty and hearty Veggie Quinoa Salad.

For serving hot for dinner, you can certainly go real simple with roasted veggies or pairing it with plain rice or quinoa.  Or, how about a Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Ok, let’s get prepping!

Bite of Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken on a fork over more sliced on a plate with rice. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SESAME SWEET CHILI CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

In a storage bag or storage container, add the Chili Sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and 1 tsp of sesame seeds (leave some for garnish). Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.

Chili Sauce about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Minced Garlic about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Oil about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Seeds about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Hand mixing ingredients in storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours.  You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

COOK YOUR SESAME SWEET CHILI CHICKEN  

When you’re ready to cook, remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook.  Add the chicken to a preheated skillet with olive oil.  Sear for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to char. Because of the sugar in the sauce, you need to be careful that the chicken doesn’t burn. It’s ok to get a little char as that will be lots of flavor.

Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Flip the Chicken and sear for another 2-3 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade. Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.

Chicken cooking with char in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cooked Chicken in sauce in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Aluminum covering skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes.

Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Serve with rice or veggies, spoon some of the sauce on top or serve it on the side. Then garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro leaves

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Bite of Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken on a fork over more sliced on a plate with rice. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked in skillet with cilantro leaves. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
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Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy!  The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat.  You can prepare it days ahead, tt takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #sauce #sweetchili #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #dairyfree

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, easy dinner, easy recipe, meal prep, sweet chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 162 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced (1 clove)
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds 1 tsp for marinade, 1 tsp for garnish
  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Fresh Cilantro for garnish optional

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add the Chili Sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and 1 tsp of sesame seeds (leave some for garnish).  Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.

    Hand mixing ingredients in storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours.  

    Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat a skillet on high and add Olive Oil.  Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook.  Add the chicken breasts to the hot skillet.  Sear for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to char.  Because of the sugar in the sauce, you need to be careful that the chicken doesn't burn.  It's ok to get a little char as that will be lots of flavor.

    Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Flip the Chicken and sear for another 2-3 minutes.  Then add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade.  Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner.  Let rest for a few minutes.  Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices.  This should give you about 5-6 slices.

    Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. Serve with rice or veggies, spoon some of the sauce on top or serve it on the side.  Then garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro leaves.