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Flat Iron Steak Salad with Chimichurri Vinaigrette

  • Author: Leannda
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


A fresh, satisfying salad with savory flat-iron steak, sweet corn and tangy chimichurri vinaigrette.



For the flat iron steak salad

  • 1-inch thick flat iron steak (1.52 lbs)
  • 3 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cold, unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 5 oz mix of soft greens (I like fresh express organic’s fresh herb mix)
  • 2 cups corn, preferably fresh cut
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 large avocado, sliced 

For the chimichurri vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed (about 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped (about 3 TBSPs)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste (or a pinch of red pepper flakes)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 


For the flat iron steak salad

  1. Preheat your oven to 400º F and heat an oven-proof skillet in it for at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over the steak, then brush it with oil.
  2. Carefully place the skillet on a burner over high heat for two minutes.
  3. Sear on one side for 2 minutes, adding the garlic and butter halfway through for extra flavor, then flip, sear for one minute, and finish in the oven until medium rare (135º F), about 6 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the greens in a large salad bowl with about half the vinaigrette and add the corn, scallions, tomatoes and avocado.
  5. Slice the steak, against the grain diagonally, then place it on top of the salad. Drizzle the remaining dressing over it as desired and serve while the steak is still warm! 

For the chimichurri vinaigrette: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse about five seconds or until smooth. Stir (or pulse again) right before use as the oil will separate. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Searing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: flat iron steak, salad, steak salad