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Savory Steak Salad

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. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender, about 10 minutes. Add remaining brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until onion is browned, 5-10 minutes.
  • 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.
Health tip: With added salt, prepared salad dressing and blue cheese, this salad is high in sodium. Decrease salt to ¼ teaspoon and save more than 400mg sodium per serving.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 407 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 1200mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • kimspacc
    Nov 15, 2019

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  • katlaydee3
    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.

  • millsapm
    Jan 2, 2012

    Very easy and very tasty.

  • s_pants
    Jun 17, 2010

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  • sewingmama
    Jun 15, 2009

    One of my favorites!

  • Rachel9732
    Sep 3, 2007

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  • Sheryl
    Jan 2, 2007

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