Loaded with veggies and laced with a tasty herb dressing, this satisfying, grilled-steak salad from our Test Kitchen boasts an easygoing elegance. Pair it with a crusty loaf of bread and red wine or iced tea for patio dinner or picnic.
"I came up with my hearty main-course salad to take to picnics instead of lugging along a grill. It's perfect for potlucks, too," reveals Pat Briggs from Sarasota, Florida. "Feel free to substitute other meats for the steak, such as leftover roast beef, grilled pork or chicken.
We raise buffalo on our ranch, so I cook plenty of buffalo steak as well as other cuts. During the warmer months, this cool salad is a refreshing change of pace from the heavier meals I feed my crew other times of the year. The meat is tender, and the dressing is mouthwatering.—Burt Guenin, Chappell, Nebraska
This sirloin gets its fresh taste from tomato, red onion and avocado. Steak sauce gives the light dressing its delicious difference. To complete the meal, serve soft breadsticks and lemon sherbet.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
A tangy anchovy dressing coats this hearty Caesar salad. It's my version of a delicious dish offered at one of our finer restaurants. My quilting group really enjoys this salad, served with hard rolls and a fruit dessert.
Rochester Hills, Michigan
My husband loves this salad, especially during summertime. He says he feels like he's eating a healthy salad and getting his steak, too! I always serve it with some great homemade bread."
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Cool cucumber and avocado combine with spicy marinated steak to create a fun and tasty balance of flavors your guests will love. If the spice is too much, remove the cayenne and red pepper flakes from the avocado mixture.—Ning Watson of San Diego, California
"After working all week, my husband and I like to spend a lot of time with our two kids on weekends," says Linda Emily Dow of Princeton Junction, New Jersey. "That's when this recipe comes in handy. We marinate the meat in the fridge overnight, then grill it quickly for a fast, filling meal."