Whole 30 Steak Salad
This Whole 30 Steak Salad is an easy weeknight dinner staple in our house. What makes something Whole 30? In an extremely abbreviated version, Whole 30 is a lifestyle that focuses on whole real non-inflammatory foods. Cutting out the inflammatory foods means no dairy, grains, gluten, sugars, or legumes. It is very similar to the Paleo lifestyle. For more details about Whole 30, visit their website here. This recipe swaps out some of the high calorie, processed ingredients in a traditional Cobb salad for healthier options. This recipe is loaded with healthy fats and low in carbs. Without the blue cheese of a regular cobb, it’s dairy-free, and as with all the recipes on my site, it’s gluten-free!
It’s Monday, which currently at this time means nothing. I’ve haven’t been able to go into work for 24 days, and we are on day 15 of our lockdown in NY. Although they are saying they think we are close to the Apex, which is good news, we hope. Staying positive that we will make it through the worst of it, with as little lives lost as possible. It’s all so scary to think about.
On a brighter note, Dave and I were able to go for a walk tonight. We had been hesitant to go out to walk to the dog for exercise because, in Queens, it has been nearly impossible to maintain social distance. The streets are still way too crowded with people, especially since stores are limiting the number of people allowed inside at a time, the sidewalks have massive lines. But luckily, we went out for a walk at 11 PM last night and found it was a good way for us to do our part and keep our distance from people, and also get out of the apartment and not go completely stir crazy. You got to find what works, I guess. How are all of you holding up? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Tips, Recs & Subs
- Steak – This is arguably the star of this dish. The steak is pan-roasted with a few spices to give it a delicious smoky taste. However, if you prefer chicken to red meat, feel free to make that swap.
- Veggies – Feel free to get creative and load it up here! In this salad, I used grape tomatoes, carrots, red onion, kalamata olives over romaine lettuce. Lastly, Avocado would be amazing with this. However, we didn’t have any. At this time, it’s not like we can just run to the store. Due to Corona, there is an hour wait to get into our grocery store. I’m sure many of you are in the same position, and so I suggest you get creative with your veggies!
- Dressing- With seasoning, you’ll find you probably don’t need as much dressing as you once thought. Sea salt and some fresh ground pepper on a salad surprisingly enhances the flavor. That being said, I HATE eating dry lettuce, so I’ll usually use olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon, or olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if I don’t have any Whole 30 dressing around. I was lucky enough to some Primal Kitchen Whole 30 Ranch around.
Whole 30 Steak Cobb Salad
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 – 1/4 Lb Sirloin steak
- 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
- 1 cup Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- 4 Hard Boiled Eggs See graphic above for cook times
- 1/4 shredded or sliced carrots Omit for Keto
- 1/2 cup Olives
- 1 small Diced Red Onion
- 1 Small Avocado (Optional)
Make the Spice Blend
- In a small dish combine all ingredients, with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix Well
Make the Steak Bites
- Cut the steak into 1" bites. To make cutting easier, you can put in freezer for just a few minutes to solidify. In a medium bowl add steak and spice blend. Make sure steak is completely and evenly coated.
- In a large non stick skillet or cast iron, add 2 tablesoons olive oil, warm up on med to med high heat. Once hot, add steak in an even layer. Cook until they are browned, (approx 2 minutes). Flip and cook the other side. Once cooked remove from heat and set aside.
- Chop veggies. Place romaine lettuce down on a plate, add salt and pepper, add the rest of the veggies and eggs. Add Steak, top with marinated onions, and drizzle with dressing.
- In a small bowl, combine oil and vinegar, add salt & fresh ground pepper. Whisk well. Drizzle on top of salad immediately.
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