Pepper Steak Salad with Mango, Avocado and Jalapeño Vinaigrette
Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients2 Strip Steaks Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)2 to 3 jalapeno peppers1 to 2 teaspoons ground black pepper8 cups mixed salad greens1 mango, cut into 1/4-inch slices1/2 small avocado, cut lengthwise into 8 slicesSalt1 shallot, very thinly sliced and separated into rings2 tablespoons shaved firm Cotija or Parmesan cheeseJalapeño Vinaigrette:2 tablespoons fresh lime juice1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh cilantro1 tablespoon water1/4 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Place jalapeño peppers on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 13 minutes or until evenly blistered and blackened. Place in food-safe plastic bag; close bag. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes until skins are loosened.
- Press black pepper evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 7 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, times remain the same) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove from grill; let stand while preparing vinaigrette.
- Meanwhile, prepare Jalapeño Vinaigrette. Remove and discard skins, seeds and membranes from jalapeño peppers. Place peppers, lime juice, cilantro, water and salt in food processor container. Cover; pulse on and off until combined. With motor running, slowly add oil through opening in cover, processing until well blended.
- Arrange salad greens on serving platter. Fan the mango and avocado slices over greens. Carve steaks into slices; season with salt, as desired. Arrange over salad. Top with shallot; drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with cheese.
Cook'sTipTwo beef Petite Tender Roasts (8 to 12 ounces each) may be substituted for 2 Strip Steaks Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 8 ounces each). Grill Petite Tender Roasts, covered, over medium, ash-covered coals l4 to 18 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 14 to 19 minutes) for medium rare to medium doneness, turning occasionally.Cook's Tip: Cotija is a firm, white Mexican cheese with a salty flavor and texture similar to Parmesan cheese. To shave firm cheeses, use a vegetable peeler to easily remove wide, thin stripsCook's Tip: Use the internet to easily locate ethnic or hard-to-find foods when specialty markets are not nearby as many ingredients may be available via mail order.
Cook's Tip: For less heat, use the lower amounts of jalapeño peppers and ground black pepper.
Nutrition information per serving: 369 calories; 21 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 12 g monounsaturated fat); 60 mg cholesterol; 272 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 5.1 g fiber; 30 g protein; 8.4 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 1.4 mcg vitamin B12; 3.5 mg iron; 29.5 mcg selenium; 5.3 mg zinc.This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
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