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Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry Cucumber Dressing

June 5, 2015

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry Cucumber Dressing is made with crisp romaine lettuce and high protein edamame beans tossed with fresh seasonal strawberries topped with a delicious seared thinly sliced flank steak and drizzled with a cool and refreshing strawberry and cucumber salad dressing.

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You are going to love this seared steak salad with strawberry cucumber dressing as it cool and refreshing and uses up those bits and bobs of leftovers in a very creative way and you don't need to fire up the oven on a warm summer day. Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry Cucumber Dressing is diabetic friendly, cardiac friendly, paleo friendly, gluten-free, diary-free and can be incorporated into a clean eating dietary plan that will make you feel like you are splurging.

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http://bamskitchen.com

I did not buy any special ingredients to make to this seared steak salad with strawberry cucumber dressing. NO WAY. This recipe uses leftovers used in a creative way.

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http:bamskitchen.com

How often do you open up the refrigerator door and just stare? Come on... admit it... I know you do! I know you are just staring at the ingredients in those little plastic Tupperware containers (containing leftovers from the night before) and are wondering what to do with them. You are hoping that if you stare at them long enough they will magically come together and be served to you on a silver platter.  This is completely normal... you are not alone. I have a delicious clean eating solution that can get lunch or dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes and you do not even need to use the stove. You have to love that!

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http://bamskitchen.com

How often do you have leftover protein? It is time to think outside the box of the usual fried rice and soup as it is getting warmer and who wants to cook. It is time to think about some delicious and healthy salads. You do not need to use steak for this salad. By all means, use what you have in your refrigerator. Grilled salmon, chicken, turkey, shrimp and even grilled tofu would be amazing in this dish. You might want to grill some extra steaks or chicken just to make this delicious salad.

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http:bamskitchen.com

Strawberries are in peak season and they have been so darn sweet. It is actually hard to keep them in our house as a kid is always taking off with the whole washed quart of strawberries into their room and all that is left is a an empty crate with some green strawberry tops. Well today I beat them to the punch.  I have the whole quart of super sweet strawberries to myself.

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http://bamskitchen.com

The other day I had this most delightful cucumber strawberry frozen smoothie. It was cool and refreshing and loved the combination of the delicate sweet strawberries with the cooling cucumber.  I used this concept to make the salad dressing, except my version has no unhealthy refined sugars just natural flavours and the natural sweetness of the strawberries. I used my food processor to pulse together strawberries, cucumber, shallots, olive oil, cilantro, fresh lime juice and a just little bit of salt. The strawberry and cucumber salad dressing has a nice balance between sweet, sour and cooling, just divine!

Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing / http://bamskitchen.com

This recipe for Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry Cucumber Dressing makes about 2 dinner sized portions. You can put anything in your salad you desire but I just used what I had around the house. You can use any greens you like and any toppings that you wish. I always love a little something crunchy in my salad and some roughly chopped healthy almonds were delicious.

Wishing you a super weekend!

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Seared Steak Salad with Strawberry Cucumber Dressing

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June 5, 2015

Crisp romaine lettuce and high protein edamame beans tossed with fresh seasonal strawberries topped with a delicious seared thinly sliced flank steak drizzled with a cool and refreshing strawberry and cucumber salad dressing.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

Strawberry and Cucumber Dressing

strawberries - 3 cups (1 and 1/2 cups for dressing and 1 and 1/2 cups for slices in salad)

cucumber - 1 peeled and chopped and seeds removed

shallots - 1 or about 1 tablespoon

olive oil - 1/4 cup

water - 1/4 cup or as needed so food processor pulses

lime zest - 1 teaspoon

lime - juice of 1-2 large limes or about 1/4 cup juice or to taste

salt and pepper - to taste

cilantro (coriander) - 2 tablespoons fresh chopped

Salad Fixings

romaine lettuce - 3 cups washed and chopped (or any greens you like)

edamame beans - 3/4 cup

flank steak - 8 ounces grilled flank steak (I used left over steak but can also use salmon, chicken, turkey, shrimp or even tofu)

almonds - 1/8 cup roughly chopped (optional but I like something a little crunchy in my salad)

Directions

1Make the strawberry and cucumber salad dressing: Add the following items into your food processor...1 and 1/2 cups strawberries (save the other half for sliced strawberries in your salad), cucumber, shallot, olive oil, water, lime zest, lime, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse the food processor until the ingredients are smooth, you may have to occasionally scrape down the sides of the food processor. Set aside.

2Assemble the salad:  In 2 large plates or bowls add your chopped lettuce, edamame beans, sliced cold or warm flank steak (your choice). Drizzle your seared steak salad with the delicious strawberry and cucumber salad dressing, sprinkle with roughly chopped almonds and enjoy.

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  • kitchenriffs

    We’re eating a lot of salads at the moment, so this dish is perfect for us. Love that dressing — so interesting and creative! Gotta try that. This is really excellent — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you John! You are going to love this salad dressing. Believe it or not, I am not a big cucumber fan,its a texture thing, unless they are sliced super thin or as part of quick pickles. However, whizzing them up as part of a salad dressing is so refreshing.

  • This looks great and I love salad. I’d put chicken or shrimp on mine and let hubby have the beef!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Abbe. I think shrimp would be marvellous, it is just all about what you have left over from last nights dinner. Take Care

  • Strawberries and steak, now this is an unlikely combination, but boy do I reckon it’d taste delicious.
    Your lovely summery ingredients are making me long for warmth. Every morning this week we have woken to -5c (WTFudge)
    Guess I could crank the heater right up, put some summer clothes on and enjoy this amazing feed now.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Sending some warm breezes your way Mate! Can you please send some cooler breezes this way as it is so hot and humid here in HK now. Have a super weekend

  • The weather should be warming up soon and this does sound like a refreshing and tasty meal.

  • Robyn

    Oh, that dressing is so fabulous, Bobbi, and I love that you got your inspiration from a smoothie – genius! This is definitely my kind of meal – quick, easy, healthy and delicious. Your pictures are simply beautiful! Strawberries will be ready here in 2 weeks and this is going on my menu. I’m licking my lips thinking about that dressing, lol.
    Have a great weekend!

  • I never thought to combine strawberries and cucumbers. What a delicious and summery idea! Miss A is growing strawberries this year. She has such a green thumb. She even makes sure to keep me and my black thumb away from them. Hopefully we’ll get enough to test out some new recipes and this dressing sounds fabulous!

  • hotlyspiced

    What a lovely meal. The dressing sounds divine. And yes, I do go to the fridge and even though it’s so packed I can’t fit another thing in, I have been known to declare, ‘there’s nothing to eat’. Shocking! xx

  • awesome, this is possibly my next dressing for my steak….

  • You worked a miracle with your leftovers, Bobbie – this is phenomenal! Loving the cucumber and strawberry dressing and the strawberries and edamame combo!

  • I never would have come up with a strawberry cucumber dressing but this all works for me & sounds fantastic. Printing that recipe for the dressing out now – thank you.

  • Eha

    Oh Bobbi – how many parents would quietly clap hands if their kids took off to their room with a pile of strawberries instead of fatty, salty chips or some yucky chocolate bars 🙂 ? Strawberries are not only tasty – they are red!!!! Super-attractive . . . your dressing is great: shall copy!! We are having a Long Weekend – the Queens’ Birthday one which once upon a time would have been celebrated in HK also . . . am certain no more . . . ?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Eha! You are absolutely right, I am blessed that my boys eat the healthy stuff. It is just that keeping them fed is exhausting… I know your chuckling but they do eat us out of house and home every day. I have to label things in the refrigerator if I don’t want them to eat it or otherwise they eat dinner as a snack. REALLY! I am sure there is something going this weekend in HK to celebrate the Queen’s B-day in HK, I will have to check it out. Have a super weekend and take care

  • Woah – this is supposed to be leftovers?! How awesome because I tend to eat my leftovers in the same old boring way. Gotta work on that. And we plan to grill today – steaks and strawberries are in the fridge in fact! I will take this inspiration and go cooking! : )

  • That looks amazing, Bobbi! Will you please move back to the States, somewhere close to me, and open a restaurant? Love the sound of that dressing. Pinning!

  • This sounds like a great salad and that strawberry and cucumber dressing sounds wonderful!

  • A new combination for a salad for me… never thought of it before. Nice recipe.

  • Why is strawberry season already over here? 🙁 This is a new and interesting dressing, would love to have a taste of it!

  • What an interesting combination of ingredients 🙂

  • I’d take that salad to my room too so that nobody else would eat mine. 🙂 I’m enjoying Queen’s Birthday by getting caught up on my comments. It’s been busy around here. 🙂

  • What a colourful fresh salad. Love. <3

  • I love the unique flavors. Salmon or shrimp sounds amazing maybe with some additional tropical fruit such as mango or pineapple for an interesting salsa!

  • LOVE the action shot. LOVE the unique flavour combination. LOVE that it uses leftovers. You ROCK. Full stop. 🙂

  • Wow Bobbi, this is the kind of salad that I love as a meal…I love this dressing of yours…cucumber, strawberry and cilantro…awesome!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  • Wow this looks great!! I also love something crunchy in my salads. I’m a texture person!

  • I love strawberries in salads and this is a great way to use leftovers! Shared and pinned!

  • I love everything about this salad—and the dressing is perfect for spring. Maybe there’s enough meat in this for Bill to accepted as an entree? Or maybe I’ll just choose to make it for myself for lunch 🙂

  • What a refreshing salad and hearty with leftover meat. I can’t wait to try your dressing! Pinning and sharing!

  • I love the colours in this salad and especially the addition of the strawberries 🙂

  • What a great summer salad! It’s the way we like to eat when it’s hot. Great dressing too!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks MJ! It is really hot and steamy in Hong Kong now so this salad is just perfect cooling and delicious. Really, it is only 0715 and it is already 30 degrees celsius and 100% humidity… 🙁

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