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Simple Steak Salad

Simple Steak Salad is cherry tomatoes, green lettuce, sliced medium-rare steak, and your favorite dressing! This delicious steak salad is the perfect summer dinner idea for every steak lover!

simple steak salad

If you love a good new york strip steak, or skirt steak over a giant hearty salad, this post is for you!

You’ll love this salad because it’s so simple.

Just a few ingredients and a perfectly grilled steak are all you’ll need!

This is a great recipe to entertain friends and neighbors without heating up your house.

Simple Steak Salad

First, let’s gather the ingredients needed.

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We’ll start with the salad ingredients. They might not be the star of the recipe, but they’re the supporting cast of characters that need to shine individually and collectively!

I used crunchy greens from Gotham Greens. Fresh romaine lettuce would work well, as would cold iceberg lettuce.

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You could also use a bed of baby spinach or mixed greens — whatever you love most, use that!

On this salad, you’ll find juicy tomatoes and sliced cucumbers. Keeping it super simple!

Any fresh vegetables that you love on a fresh salad, add them! Sliced carrots, red onion, shallots, bell peppers, creamy avocado, and sweet corn, you choose.

Creamy goat cheese is on top of this steak and crunchy french-fried onions.

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When choosing what kind of steak to put on top of your salad, it’s your personal preference that will guide you!

tomahawk steak on a salad

Here, I’ve used a gorgeous Tomahawk Steak that was cooked to the perfect medium-rare internal temperature.

You could use leftover steak for an amazing lunch idea the next day!

Here are some other options for your steak choices:

Flank Steak – This is a great option when you’re feeding more than a few people! Sliced thin and it goes farther than you think!

Flat Iron Steak – The rich, beefy flavor of this steak is lovely for the steak lover in your life! It’s on the leaner side, which makes for a nice steak salad pairing.

Filet Mignon – Probably not the first choice for a salad, that being said, it would make quite the decadent salad option! The tender steak would pair well with salad greens.

Top Sirloin Steak – Very affordable and very lean! It’s a great option for salad lovers who want a little bit of meat.

You can cook your steak however you’d like. Use a cast-iron skillet in the kitchen when it’s too cold to grill outside!

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Whatever type of steak you choose make sure you cook it to your desired internal temperature. If you’re unsure how to grill steak, check out this post on the Best Temperature to Grill Steak!

Whether you’re cooking a steak using a cast iron skillet or the grill a quick sear for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat will ensure a juicy steak!

Toppings for Your Salad

Every good salad has toppings, and maybe a lot of them. That might be why I love ordering salads so much from a restaurant!

goat cheese steak salad

Keeping with the simple theme, I chose goat cheese and crispy french fried onions to top this salad with.

Here are some cheeses you could top your salad with:

Blue Cheese – Take the iconic tangy blue cheese from your favorite steak restaurant and add it on top of your salad. All your favorite flavors in one bite!

Feta Cheese – You can’t go wrong with this tangy option!

Queso Fresco – If you wanted to take your salad in a Steak Fajita Salad direction, sprinkle this salty cheese over top! Don’t forget the lime juice to bring it all together.

You’ll need something crunchy so whether you choose croutons, sunflower seeds, or crispy fried onions your salad will hit on all the savory flavor notes you love most!

Assembling this Entrée Salad

On a giant platter lay out your bed of greens.

Add the fresh veggies all around the salad greens.

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Slice your favorite cut of steak and place it on top of your salad.

Top the dinner salad with goat cheese and crispy onions.

Drizzle the homemade balsamic vinaigrette on top!

What Dressing Pairs Well with Steak Salad?

To keep it simple, I chose a homemade dressing.

Steak Salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette

A blue cheese dressing would be nice or an herby dressing that is packed with flavor!

To make the Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette you’ll shake up balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, shallots, honey, and olive oil for an easy balsamic vinaigrette. The recipe is in the printable recipe card below!

Another delicious dressing idea would be this Caesar Dip! The garlicky punch is so nice!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good steak for salad?

Top Sirloin is the most cost-effective and leanest. However, whatever cut of beef you prefer, use that on your salad!

Should Steak on a salad be hot or cold?

This is up to you! I prefer warm, thin slices. But, if you’re using leftover steak it can definitely be cold.

Tools you’ll need

Here are some of my favorite items to use when making a Simple Steak Salad! The cutting board is essential! And the enamelware platter is the perfect piece to add to your collection. Of course, you can’t forget salad servers or the ball jar to shake up your dressing! Bon Appetit!

Save this to your favorite Salad Board on Pinterest!

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simple steak salad recipe

Simple Steak Salad

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook/grill
  • Cuisine: american


Simple Steak Salad is cherry tomatoes, green lettuce, sliced medium-rare steak, and your favorite dressing! This delicious steak salad is the perfect summer dinner idea for every steak lover!


  • 4 cups of Crunchy Lettuce
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Sliced Cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 cup French Fried Onions
  • 8 ounces Grilled Steak, sliced
  • Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Homemade Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced or grated using a Microplane
  • Zest of One Lemon + the Juice
  • 2 TBS finely diced Shallot
  • 1 tsp Parsley (dried or fresh, whatever you have!)
  • 2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 2 TBS Mayo
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2/3 cup Olive Oil


  1. Start by making the dressing for your salad.
  2. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add all the ingredients and shake until emulsified. Store in the fridge or on the counter for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Lay your green crunchy lettuce down on a giant platter.
  4. Top with your tomatoes, cucumbers, and steak.
  5. Sprinkle the goat cheese and crispy onions on top.
  6. Drizzle the homemade balsamic dressing over the top and serve!

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