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Summer Steak Salad with Grilled Pineapple and Avocado





Hello Sunshine! I have always thought that I don't like salad. Maybe it reminds me of years of dieting. Salad = Deprivation. Anyone remember the fat- free days of the 90's? You could eat a million calories a day as long as it was all fat- free. An entire box of Snack well cookies, it's OK, they are fat-free! Fat-free cinnamon buns, bagels with fat -free cream cheese, fat-free ice cream. Wow! What a bunch of dummies we were!  I swear, there is absolutely nothing more disgusting than salad with fat- free dressing! The mere thought of it makes me queasy! YUCK!! Those awful salads almost turned me off salads for life.

Well, I have finally figured out that I like salad. I really, really like salad. A beautiful, fresh summer salad filled with lots of delicious goodies. I love a salad with lots of different flavors and textures. This salad really blew me away with its deliciousness. Sweet grilled pineapple, spicy steak, buttery avocado, crunchy sunflower seeds. It really doesn't get any better than that!



Summer Steak Salad with Grilled Pineapple and Avocado
serves 4

4 sirloin steaks
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters lengthwise
1 large ripe avocado, diced
roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
kosher salt
extra virgin olive oil
mixed baby greens


Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:
makes about 1 cup

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup canola oil ( or other mild flavored oil)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
a good pinch of salt
black pepper

For Vinaigrette:
Combine all ingredients and blend together with immersion blender. Adjust seasoning to taste



Heat grill. Take steaks out of the fridge, about 1/2 an hour before cooking. Rub steaks and pineapple with olive oil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Grill steaks and pineapple over medium- high heat until steaks are cooked to desired doneness. Watch pineapple closely as the natural sugars burn easily. Remove from grill and let rest for a few minutes while preparing salad.

Slice pineapple spears into smaller pieces. Slice rested steak thinly against the grain. Toss mixed greens with vinaigrette, pineapple, avocado and sunflower seeds. Top each plate with sliced steak.

Tags: Salad, Steak, Pineapple

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