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
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 Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week!

SIMPLE & FLAVORFUL

Easy dinners mean simple, accessible ingredients with big flavor.  That’s where this recipe really shines.  First, pork tenderloin is a lean protein that cooks up in the oven so simply within 25 minutes.  Second, the ingredients are ones that you can keep on hand in the pantry until you open them and then store them in the fridge.  

In terms of BIG flavor, the ingredients here definitely deliver!  Sweet Chili Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, Ginger, and Ketchup!  I mean this recipe screams flavor!

Ok, let’s get to cooking!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK 

I mean, does it get much easier than tossing all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pouring over the pork to marinate for 4-24 hours?  That’s it!  That’s your prep.  Ok, so there are a couple mincing steps, BUT, you can do those in bulk and store in the freezer for use for meals over several months!  Check out my Printable Freezer Hacks Cheat Sheet for more like this by CLICKING HERE!

Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure and add the other ingredients to the bowl.  Then whisk everything together.

Ingredients in bowls for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Ketchup, Sweet Chilli Sauce, & Soy Sauce in bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Next, place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.  

Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

Raw Pork Tenderloin in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

COOK YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK TENDERLOIN

Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan.  Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center.

While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot with 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Because you have sugar from the sweet chili sauce and ketchup, you will see sauce charred on the sheet pan.  Let the pork rest on the pan for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes. 

After the pork has rested, you can slice it.  

Cooked Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauceYou have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, pour any juices from the pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

I like to serve this pork with some stir fry veggies, like onions, broccoli, carrots, and peppers.  On the side, either white rice or rice noodles.

That’s it!  ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Easy Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week! #familydinner #porktenderloinrecipes #porkloinrecipes #bbq #bbqsauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword BBQ, chicken dinner, pork, pork tenderloin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds for Garnish

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure out all of the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and add them to the bowl, along with the garlic and ginger.  Then whisk everything together.

    Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. Place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  (Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.) Rub the sauce all over the pork so it is entirely covered. Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan and bake on center rack for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center. Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot and mix in 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

  3. Also while the pork is cooking, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan on medium heat. Stir constantly so they don't burn and remove from the heat as soon as you start to smell them. This only takes a couple minutes.

  4. After the pork has rested, slice it into 6-8 slices and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

    Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  5. You have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, transfer the pork to a platter. Pour any juices from the sliced pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

    Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce. It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.