Savory Steak Salad Recipe
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Savory Steak Salad Recipe

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Caramelized onion and sirloin steak seasoned with a cinnamon rub make this main dish salad different from typical versions. It’s easy to toss together with a packaged greens, blue cheese, dried cranberries and store-bought vinaigrette.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 inch thick and 1 pound)
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette, divided
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Nutritional Facts

407 calories: 1-1/2 cup, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 1200mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein .


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cayenne and pepper. Rub over both sides of steak. Brush with 1/4 cup vinaigrette.
  2. Place steak on a broiler pan. Broil 4 in. from heat 5-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in butter for 10 minutes or until tender. Add remaining brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until onion is browned.
  4. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices. In a large bowl, combine greens, cranberries, blue cheese, onion and beef. Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Savory Steak Salad in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p8

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"Delicious main dish salad. I substituted feta for the blue cheese and marinated the steak in the dry rub and vinaigrette overnight. I also plated individual portions rather than toss it all together and I made one portion vegan for my niece with no cheese and vegan "meat" slices."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Very easy and very tasty."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009 Edited May. 13, 2011

"One of my favorites!"

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