Cilantro-Lime Steak Salad

So, here I am, just a few days into my Whole30 journey and I am all of a sudden an amazing chef. I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and I am super impressed with the skills I didn't even know I had.

I spent the first day flipping through the recipes in the book and I decided on three to try my first week and this one is an absolute favorite!

Cilantro-Lime Steak Salad

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup onion (I used a half an onion, no clue if this results in 1/4 cup)
4 limes, juiced
2 gloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tsp. mustard powder
1lb beef (I used sirloin steaks)
4 cups salad greens (or just like... as much as you want!)
1 avacado
1 bell pepper (any color works!)

DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
11/4 cup light olive oil
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. mustard powder
12 tsp. salt
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro
1 clove of garlic

DIRECTIONS:

Okay, so bear with me here. I try to do things the easiest way with the least amount of steps, so if you're reading this recipe from the actual book, it might make a little more sense, but this is just how my brain works.

FOR THE STEAK MARINADE:

okay, so you're going to take all of these things and put them in a food processor. I use the vitamix:
olive oil, lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro, and the mustard powder. Get those things all whipped up really good in there and then dump them in a freezer bag. Throw your steaks in there, put them in the fridge overnight (or 1-8 hours, but we all have lives here, so just put them in overnight!)

A half an hour before you want to start cooking, grab the steaks out of the fridge and let them sit out for 30 minutes. The book says to do this. This is one of those steps that I would be like "eh, whatever, do I really need to wait 30 minutes?" But, I was actually starving and didn't want to mess this whole thing up, so I waited.

Preheat your oven to 350 & get a skillet really hot on the stove. Slap the steaks on there for 3 minutes each side & then place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-15 minutes, depending on how thick they are and how well you like them done. This was a crapshoot for me, so I just went for 12 minutes and everyone and everything was fine.

While those steaks are in the oven, put your salad together with the greens, tomatoes, peppers, avocado.. and really, anything else you want in there!

FOR THE DRESSING:

Grab that food processor again.

Put 1/4 cup of the oil in and all of the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend together on low. While blending, add the rest of the oil in slowly. This recipe is actually for a "mayo" but to turn it into dressing, slowly add water until it's the consistency that you like! I made mine thicker like a ranch dressing consistency!

DUMP THAT STUFF ON YOUR SALAD AND YOU'RE DONE!

It's really not that hard at all. I am always so nervous when I try new things in the kitchen, but this was amazing! & my husband hates salad, so he'll just eat the steak with a side of green beans and sweet potato! so simple and versatile!


SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF OVER HERE!

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