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July 18, 2017

Balsamic Steak, Fig, and Arugula Salad

Written By: Shannon Corlett, MS, RDN, LDN


Interested in a healthier way to incorporate red meat into your diet? Especially during the summer, when fruits and vegetables are fresh, considering using steak as part of a nutrient-dense salad. Arugula, one of the more flavorful salad greens, provides a peppery base to pair with sweet figs and savory sirloin, creating a delicious blend of bold flavors!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes, plus marinating time (1+ hours)

Cook time: 10 minutes

  Ingredients: For the balsamic steak:

1 small shallot

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, divided

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Black pepper, to taste

8 ounces thinly sliced sirloin, cut into strips

For the salad:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon honey

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

8 cups baby arugula

1 pint figs

2 ounces goat cheese


  1. To make the marinade, add the shallot, olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to a food precessor. Blend until smooth. Place the steak in a Ziploc bag or bowl, add the marinade, and toss to coat. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. To cook the steak, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook the steak for 3-5 minutes, or until it is almost to your preferred temperature. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and cook for one more minute. Remove the steak from the heat. Steak can now be chilled for a cold salad or added warm.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and salt/pepper to taste.
  4. Wash and cut the stems off the figs. Slice in half or smaller pieces if desired.
  5. Toss the arugula in a large bowl with the dressing. Divide the greens among four plates and top with figs, steak, and crumbled goat cheese. Serve warm or chilled.

Nutrition Information per serving: Calories: 376 cal, Fat: 21g, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 21g   Adapted from:

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