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Steak Fajita Salad

All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

Steak Fajita Salad - All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

With our engagement shoot coming up in a week, I’ve made a huge attempt at cutting down the carbs and incorporating more veggies into my diet. This is something I really should’ve done months ago but better late than never, right?

Steak Fajita Salad - All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

But hey, if all salads looked like this, I’d have no problems saying bye-bye to carbs on a more permanent basis.

Steak Fajita Salad - All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

After all, you have everything you need right here in this salad – tons of veggies, perfectly seared steak to medium rare goodness, and the creamiest cilantro lime dressing – a dressing so good, you’ll want to guzzle it down.

Steak Fajita Salad - All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

Best of all, if you have any leftover toppings, you can always make tacos the very next night, making 2 dinners from one recipe. Double win!

Steak Fajita Salad

All the amazing flavors of a fajita conveniently in a hearty salad, served with the creamiest cilantro lime dressing!

30 minutes30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divded
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and thinly sliced

For the cilantro lime dressing

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For the steak

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds flank steak

Directions:

  1. To make the cilantro lime dressing, combine cilantro, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, lime juice and salt in the bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, add olive oil and vinegar in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. To make the steak, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, oregano and onion powder in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine steak and marinade; marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the steak from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a grill pan over medium high heat. Working in batches, cook steak, flipping once, to preferred temperature, about 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing against the grain.
  5. Add onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent and slightly caramelized, about 7-8 minutes; set aside.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Add bell peppers, and cook, stirring often, until soft and slightly caramelized, about 8-10 minutes; set aside.
  7. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of onion, peppers, steak and avocado.
  8. Serve immediately with cilantro lime dressing.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 588.3 Calories from Fat 381.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.4g 65%
Saturated Fat 9.5g 48%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 88.2mg 29%
Sodium 112.7mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14.9g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5.6g 22%
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 37.6g 75%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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18 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A little late to be reviewing but I’ve been making this for years now. Everyone I serve it to loves it. Super fresh, filling and satisfying. Occasionally I’ll serve tortillas with it so people can make straight up fajitas but most of the time it’s just this epic salad. Highly recommend. 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Definitely saving this Recipe!

  3. This was damn delicious and easy! I even had all of the ingredients! Bonus! This is a keeper!
    Although I made the dressing, I didn’t use it. It was too tangy, (I don’t have a food processor so maybe it didn’t blend as well). I squeezed fresh lime juice instead which was great because the meat and peppers were flavorful enough without hiding it under a creamy dressing. However, I let the cilantro dressing sit overnight and used it on my salad the next day and it was oh, so good! Next time I might add a little kick and dice up a jalapeno or serrano to add to the dressing.

  4. So damn delicious! The flavor of the steak is on point and the dressing is phenomenal. Thank you!

  5. Me encantan tus recetas . Los probaré !

  6. This salad dressing is really fantastic. Thank you!

  7. We made this with chicken instead of steak. It was delicious!!! My husband especially loved the cilantro lime dressing. So much so that when we were out of chicken, he grabbed lettuce and poured it all over. Thank you so much for another great recipe!

  8. Made this tonight and it did not disappoint! Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  9. :O This is so good…!

    Every time I make fajitas, I make extra onions and peppers. They make lettuce taste amazing. 😉

  10. Congratulations on your engagement!!

    I love steak fajitas but I rarely make them at home because they just don’t taste the same as restaurant-quality. Thanks for this recipe- I can’t wait to try it!

  11. I had this for dinner tonight. The meal was delicious. The dressing is one of the best homemade dressings I have ever tasted….Thank You!!!

  12. IM GOING TO MAKE THIS! THANKS FOR THE GREAT RECIPIE. AND UM. CAN WE USE THIS RECIPIE TO MAKE A CHICKEN FAJITA AND WRAP IT IN A TORTILLA WITH SALSA AND SOUR CREAM N LETTUCE?
    -THANKS FOR THE RECIPIE…….ALL UR RECIPIES ARE ALWAYS GOOD

  13. Looks and sounds delicious. Did you serve this salad warm or cold? I bet it would be great either way. Also, it looks like you served it in a small fry pan which I think is really cute! Thanks for all the great recipes. You have made my meal planning so much easier. Can’t wait to see your engagement pic, congratulations. He’s one lucky guy!

    • Thank you, Trudi!

      As for the salad, it can be served cold but it is best when the meat is still lukewarm at serving time.

  14. Another absolutely lovely looking, and I am sure delicious tasting, recipe!! I can hardly wait to try it!!!

  15. I love fajitas…in a salad version, even better!