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Steak salad with avocado and pickled onions.

Chipotle Glazed Steak Salad

A South of the Border entree steak salad recipe.
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 414kcal


  • ¼ red onion sliced
  • 1 cup Red-wine vinegar
  • 1 pieces large head butter lettuce torn into bite-size, or 2 small
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado pitted and chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles seeded
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles
  • 1 pound skirt steak or flank steak
  • ¼ cup Mexican queso fresco or feta cheese crumbled


  • Put the onion in a small bowl and pour in enough red-wine vinegar to cover well. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado in a serving bowl or platter. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the red-wine vinegar from the marinating onion, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until you are ready to dress the salad.
  • Combine the ketchup, honey, chipotles, adobo sauce, and 1 teaspoon salt in a blender and purée. Set aside.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high for 10 minutes or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the grill grates or grill pan with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Season the beef on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the meat for 4 minutes, turn over, and brush the glaze over the steak. Grill for another 4 minutes, turn over, and glaze the other side. Allow the meat to cook for another 2 minutes on each side to caramelize the glaze.
  • Remove from heat and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing into ½-inch-wide strips. (This is for medium-rare beef. If you want your meat cooked longer, increase the time you grill the beef before adding the glaze.)
  • Pour the dressing over the lettuce mixture and toss well. Place the sliced beef over the salad and top with cheese crumbles and marinated red onions.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg