Steak Fajita Salad

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A steak fajita salad combines tender, sizzling slices of marinated steak with crisp, colorful bell peppers and onions, served atop a fresh bed of greens, often garnished with avocado, cheese, and a zesty lime dressing, creating a hearty yet refreshing meal.

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Steak fajita salad is a culinary masterpiece that masterfully marries the bold, robust flavors of seasoned steak with the fresh, vibrant notes of a traditional salad. The steak, typically marinated in a blend of zesty lime juice, cumin, garlic, and chili, brings a rich depth of flavor that is both smoky and slightly spicy. When grilled or pan-seared to perfection, it develops a tantalizing charred exterior that encapsulates the tender, juicy meat within. This savory and hearty element of the salad is the star, providing a satisfying contrast to the lighter components. The seasoning of the steak, often featuring a mix of paprika, onion powder, and other spices, imparts a warm, earthy aroma that is quintessential to fajita dishes.

The salad component of the dish introduces a refreshing counterbalance to the savoriness of the steak. Crisp greens, such as romaine lettuce or a spring mix, lay the foundation, offering a cool, crunchy texture. They are accompanied by an array of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes, each contributing their own unique flavors – sweet, sharp, and tangy. Often, additional toppings like sliced avocado, black beans, and corn are added, enriching the salad with creamy, earthy, and sweet notes. The dressing, usually a zesty lime vinaigrette or a creamy avocado dressing, ties the dish together, adding a bright acidity or a smooth richness, respectively. This harmonious blend of flavors – the umami and smokiness of the steak, the freshness of the greens, the sweetness of the vegetables, and the tanginess of the dressing – makes the steak fajita salad a delightful and satisfying meal that tantalizes the palate with every bite.

What to Enjoy with Steak Fajita Salad

Enjoying a steak fajita salad can be a complete meal experience when paired with the right accompaniments. Here’s a list of items that go well with it:

Warm Flour or Corn Tortillas: Perfect for making mini wrap bites with the salad.

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Adds a smoky, sweet flavor that complements the steak.

Cilantro Lime Rice: A zesty and refreshing side that pairs well with the flavors in the salad.

Black Beans: Either in a salad or as a side, they add a hearty element.

Guacamole: A creamy addition that enhances the richness of the steak.

Pico de Gallo: A fresh salsa that adds a burst of flavor.

Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt: Provides a cool, tangy contrast to the spicy fajita flavors.

Cheese Quesadillas: A cheesy, crispy side that’s comforting and satisfying.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Their natural sweetness balances the savory steak.

Chips and Salsa: A classic pairing for any Mexican-inspired dish.

Margaritas or Sangria: Refreshing beverages that complement the bold flavors of the fajita salad.

Churros or Flan: For a sweet finish to the meal.

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Steak Fajita Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This delicious, easy, fajita salad taste just like restaurant fajitas at home! Get perfect steak fajitas every time for a family pleasing meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp high-heat oil, I use peanut
  • 1 1/2 lb beef, fajita meat
  • 1 onion, halved and cut into thin strips
  • 1 bell pepper, halved and cut into thin strips
  • 2 oz taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup black or pinto beans, optional
  • Salsa, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 cast irons pan in oven at 450 degrees.
  2. Prep veggies and meat- let meat come to room temperature and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  3. Turn vent fan on high.
  4. Turn stove on high, carefully move very hot cast iron pans from oven to stovetop.
  5. Add oil to pans, swirl around.
  6. Add meat to one pan, carefully (don't splatter oil when adding meat in, as it will be very hot!)
  7. Add veggies to other pan.
  8. Stir veggies and meat to prevent burning, but let them get a good browning on all sides- about 8 minutes.
  9. If using taco/fajita seasoning, add to pan with 2 tbsp water, right before plating. Cook off any extra water.
  10. Remove from heat and plate! If you want to create a "sizzle" sound like at a restaurant, splash a little water or a touch of soy sauce and oil in the pan.
  11. Plate your salad with lettuce, tomatoes, beans. Layer fajita veggies and meat on top, and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over.
  12. Dress with salsa, if preferred.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 634Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 131mgSodium 2154mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 47g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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