I love grilling year-round no matter what the weather. Lately, one of my favorite things to grill up are flatiron steaks. (Also called flank steak or top blade steak.) Since I’m trying to eat smart after an indulgent holiday season, I thought I’d create a recipe that combined flatiron steak with a wholesome salad filled with vegetables, and a homemade yogurt dressing.
And since I’m a big believer in real ingredients, I made my marinade with Kraft’s recently revamped line line of barbecue sauces. Kraft Barbecue Sauces feature high-quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar and cane sugar – and no high fructose corn syrup! (They use cane sugar instead, just like you would if you made barbecue sauce from scratch.) I was excited to learn this, because while I loved Kraft’s reasonable prices, I didn’t like the HFCS and would buy brands that were three to four times the price just to avoid it.
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Tenderizing the steak
While the marinate does a good job on its own, I highly recommend using a blade meat tenderizer tool. This tool pierces the flank steak all over, helping it to absorb the marinade better. I have a Jaccard Supertendermatic 48-Blade Tenderizer and highly recommend that you buy yourself one, too. It also prevents cheaper cuts of meat from shrinking and curling up.
You’ll want to marinade the steak overnight to up to 24 hours before grilling, so plan accordingly!
Notes on putting the Grilled Flatiron Steak Salad and Yogurt Dressing meal together
You can make this salad with just-off-the-grill steak. Or you can grill the steak and let it cool to room temperature – or even refrigerate it – and then carve it up. I love steak salad both warm, room temperature and cold, so I’ll let you decide how you want to do the steps of grilling, salad preparation, and dressing preparation.
For example, you can make the salads and dressing ahead of time. Since you’re going to use extra marinade in the dressing, make up a small batch of extra marinade, reduce it over the stove, cool it down in the refrigerator, and then make your dressing before you grill. (Make sure to boil the heck out of any marinade you've used on raw meat. You want to kill any germs! If you don't feel it's safe, make an extra half batch to use for the dressing.)
Then later on just before mealtime, do the grilling, and so you’ll have a warm steak salad. Or grill the flatiron steak and make the dressing the evening before, and put it all together for a Sunday brunch. You can serve it with the dressing on it or on the side. (I like it on the side myself!)
If you’re making this for a romantic meal for Valentine’s Day, you may want to all the prep ahead of time and do the grilling last minute. Since this recipe is for four people, any leftovers can be made into sandwich wraps for the next day’s lunch!
This recipe is very flexible, so have fun with it!
Grilled Flatiron Steak Salad with Yogurt Dressing
For flatiron steak marinade:
- 1 cup Kraft Honey Barbecue Sauce
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pound flatiron beef steak
For yogurt dressing:
- 3 tablespoons flatiron steak marinade (boiled and reduced) 1/2
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 cups mixed baby salad greens, divided (2 cups per plate)
- tomato and cucumber slices
For the marinade and steak:
- Combine the barbecue sauce, olive oil, vinegar and minced garlic in a bowl. Whisk to mix thoroughly.
- Place flank steak on a cutting board. Generously tenderize both sides of the steak with a blade meat tenderizer tool.
- Place steak in a large zip lock plastic baggie. Pour in marinate. Push out extra air and seal.
- Place on a tray or large plate (in case of accidental leaks) in the refrigerator overnight up to 24 hours before grilling.
- To grill, remove flatiron steak from baggie and reserve marinade.
- Grill steak until medium rare – about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Brush steak with extra marinade.
- Remove from grill. Transfer to cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Slice meat in thin strips against the grain
For the dressing:
- Take the reserved marinade and place in a small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium and boil for 10 minutes until reduced and thickened.
- Place saucepan in freezer to cool. (Marinade should be room temperature or cooler.)
- In a blender or food processor combine cucumber, Greek yogurt, sea salt and marinade. Process until cucumber is liquefied and ingredients are thoroughly combined.
For the salad:
- Place salad greens, tomato slices and cucumbers on a plate.
- Place the thin strips of flatiron steak on top of the salad.
- Serve with salad dressing on the side or drizzled on top just before serving.
- Serving size: Serving size: 6 ounces of steak, 2 cups salad greens and vegetables, 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing per person
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and provided product samples by Kraft Foods, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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We tried the blueberry, strawberry and the black cherry with granola and the vanilla with almonds. Unfortunately, my grocery store didn’t have the vanilla with dark chocolate chips, but I’ll be on the lookout for that one for sure!
I liked that Yopa! had everything packaged and ready to go, which makes my husband’s day a little easier since he often takes his breakfast to work. It was very easy to undo the lid and foil and mix the yogurt and granola together, especially since they allowed extra room in the cup for you to add the granola or nuts, without spilling when stirring it. I found Yopa! to be delicious and the texture perfect – creamy and thick. (My husband agreed.) I also liked having the extra crunch from the granola along with the real fruit, as did my kids.
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