I love a good salad, but sometimes it just needs…more. You know what I’m saying?

For me, more can mean protein, it can mean cheese, or it can mean grains. Or it can mean all of the above, which is what is happening here with this steak salad.

Let’s talk about contrast, because that’s one of the best things about this salad. It’s got signature raw veggies — spinach, tomatoes, carrots. But then it also has warm pan-seared Brussels sprouts, and perfectly cooked steak. But then, for an extra-filling element, it’s tossed with brown rice that is seasoned with Ava’s Favorite Burger Seasoning and Parmesan cheese. It’s tossed with a simple dressing and served warm. Yum.

What I love most about salads is that they are easily customizable. Because how many recipes do you find that sound perfect except for one ingredient? Or would be better (in your mind) with something else? Or you want to make it but you have this instead of that?

That’s what’s perfect about this recipe. You can make it however you like, and it’s guaranteed to be delicious. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers. If you have leftover farro or quinoa from last night’s dinner, don’t feel like you have to take the extra step of cooking the rice; just use that instead.

 

Serves 2
Prep time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

Salad:

6 cups baby spinach

2 sliced green onions

1/2 cup diced carrots

1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

1 tablespoon Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil

10 ounces sirloin steak, cubed

1 cup halved Brussels sprouts

 

Brown Rice:

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 teaspoon Ava’s Favorite Burger Seasoning

1/4 cup grate Parmesan

 

Dressing:

1/4 cup Ava Jane’s Kitchen Avocado Oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

 

Directions:

Put the spinach, green onions, carrots, and tomatoes in a bowl and set aside.

Heat the avocado oil over medium high heat and cook the steak until browned and cooked to your liking. Add this to the salad bowl.

Add the Brussels sprouts to the same skillet and sear until charred and tender. Add these to the salad bowl.

Combine the rice with the Ava’s Favorite Burger seasoning and Parmesan. Add this to the bowl.

Put the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Add to the salad and toss. Serve immediately.

Easy to download PDF: Steak Salad Grain Bowls