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Southwest Steak Salad is a  quick and easy dinner salad that is perfect for a summer time meal! With tons of flavor and simple ingredients like tender grilled steak, crisp lettuce, creamy avocado and tons more,  this southwest steak salad is sure to be big hit with all members of the family!

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Serving a dinner salad to your family is a delicious and great way to 

Ways to get kids involved in Southwest Steak Salad:

Get the kids involved! The more involved a kid is in the preparation of a meal, the more ownership they will take, the more interest they will show, and the more likely they are to want to eat it!

  1. Ask your kids help you find the ingredients at the store. Show them how to pick a ripe tomato, ask them to find the colorful produce,  and get their curiosity working! 
  2. Have your kids help you prepare the ingredients – washing and drying the produce, tearing the lettuce, cutting the softer ingredients, mixing the salad dressing.
  3. Invite your helpers to help you plate the salad, adding each ingredient onto everyone’s plates.

Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


How to Serve Southwest Steak Salad For Kids:

There are two easy ways to serve salad to kids so that they will eat them.

  1. Deconstructed. Often, big dinner salads can seem overwhelming to kids – 50 different foods all mixed together and touching everything else? No. Way. Instead, serve the salad as little piles of each ingredient, or ingredients that go together – like the steak by itself and the lettuce and vegetables by itself. 
  2. Salad Bar. Kids love choices, and they love the feeling that they are in charge. Serving your southwest steak  salad like a salad bar, with all the ingredients laid out for them to choose between, works great to get your kids to eat salad. Allowing them to choose which ingredients they want and how much of each ingredient gives them ownership of their dinner – meaning they will eat it! This is the perfect way to customize a meal so every family member is happy – without you being a short order cook!
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I realize that it is now September and every other food blogger in the world is now featuring delectable treats with apples and pumpkins and back to school lunches. However, I never ever do what is trending and just do what I want. So I am bringing you one last summer salad. Because its still hot out!
In other news, tomorrow my sweet little girl starts her first day of Preschool! I am half so excited for her and half freaking out that she old enough to go!! And baby #2 could make an appearance anyday now! We are all ready to go, just waiting! 🙂

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Southwest Steak Salad

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

This quick and easy dinner salad is a perfect summer time meal! With tons of flavor and simple ingredients, this southwest steak salad is sure to be big hit!


  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 hearts of romain lettuce, torn
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 english cucumber, peeled and diced small
  • 6 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced
  • 3 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high.
  2. Cut the steak into 4 pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook 2 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  4. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil - let rest 5 minutes, then slice thin.
  5. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the chile, lime juice, honey, 1/2 tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper.
  7. Gradually whisk in the oil and any juices that have accumulated from the steak.
  8. Pour over the salad and toss.
  9. Add steak and toss again.
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 579Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 12gSugar: 13gProtein: 35g

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Recipe via (Martha Stewart)

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Sunday 11th of October 2020

We had this last night....I’m in love!! So good!!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Monday 26th of August 2019

Perfect to serve after a busy day when you need something easy to make, filling & nutritious!


Wednesday 4th of September 2013

It's still salad season! Tomatoes are finally just coming into season here, so I'm not rushing yet to get to the pumpkins and apples.

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Wednesday 4th of September 2013

It's still getting hot here, too! This is a perfect weeknight dinner!


Wednesday 4th of September 2013

Yummy salad, Jenni, thanks for sharing...

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