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Chimichurri Steak Salad

It’s bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department! This Chimichurri Steak Salad is the perfect spring salad to whip up and enjoy for lunch or even dinner! A homemade Chimichurri that packs tons of incredible flavor. 

Hi all, Nicky here from Kitchen Sanctuary.  I’m cooking up steak today with an extra-large serving of garlicky Chimichurri.

Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

Chimichurri Steak Salad

I only really started making Chimichurri at the beginning of this year.  I was attempting to make Chicken Kiev – that retro favourite with parsley and garlic butter.

The filling kept spilling out no matter how many clever techniques I tried, so I ended up making crispy chicken tenders with a side of Chimichurri.  It tasted so good that I haven’t looked back since!

What Does Chimichurri Sauce Taste Like 

Because you use fresh ingredients to make Chimichurri you will find it is loaded with incredible flavor. Garlic, parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar and more come together. It is strong in flavor with a bit of tang from the vinegar used. It is unique in flavor and will really make any dish stand out.  

Chimichurri is great for spooning onto grilled meat or even using in a salad like this recipe here. You might even want to pour over fresh cooked green beans or asparagus. Once you see how easy it is to make, you will want to use it in every recipe, or at least I do! 

Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

Making Chimichurri

It’s so easy to make too.  Just put all the Chimichurri ingredients in a mini chopper and pulse.  That’s it – done.  You really can’t beat it served on top of a juicy pink steak.

How Long Will Chimichurri Keep

It’ll keep for a few days in the fridge, but will start to lose it’s bright green colour after a day or so (due to the vinegar).  Still tastes great though! Just ensure you store in a glass sealed jar or airtight container. This will help preserve your Chimichurri.

Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

Is Chimichurri Served Hot or Cold 

You want to serve Chimichurri cold. It should not be heated or it can ruin the flavor and texture. Think of it as a salad dressing in a sense, you always serve that cold. Or if you freshly make it, somewhat at room temperature. 

Store in the fridge when you are not serving it to prevent it from spoiling. With all the fresh ingredients you don’t want it sitting out for more than two hours at a time. If you do, before the two-hour mark, place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, before serving again. 

Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

Flavors of the Salad Mix

The salad is a simple mix of leaves, cucumber, tomato and creamy avocado.  I also love to add red onion with steak for a bit of crunch.

How to Make Chimichurri Steak Salad 

You will start by getting your steak to room temperature. This will offer an even cook over your whole steak, so it is cooked to perfection. Then once your steak is warmed up, you will toss on a skillet or griddle that is hot. Sear your seasoned steak, and cook to the preference you want. 

In a chopper or food processor toss in your Chimichurri ingredients. You want to blend or pulse until it is mixed together and the right consistency. 

Then mix our salad ingredients together. Plate up or toss in a bowl, top with steak and a drizzle of Chimichurri.  

Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

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Can I Use Chicken Instead of Steak in this Recipe 

Absolutely! I love steak but if you wanted you could cook up some chicken breasts and use that instead. Or skip the meat and just do the salad mix and Chimichurri. This recipe is rather versatile, so feel free to improvise to fit your tastebuds or what you have on hand. 

The one thing with chicken is just to make sure to cook the chicken thoroughly and use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches proper internal temperature. Unlike steak you want it to be fully cooked through. 

Give this easy light and flavorful salad a try and let me know what you think! We make this often in our home for a nice treat. 

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Chimichurri Steak Salad - Simple dinner recipe that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

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Chimichurri Steak Salad

Simple recipe for Chimichurri Steak Salad that is bright, healthy and light, but still packs a huge punch in the taste department!

Ingredients:

Steak

  • 1 thin cut sirloin steak (approx 7 oz)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Chimichurri

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large bunch of flat leaf-parsley, roughly torn
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Salad

  • Small Bag (approx. 4.5oz) mixed salad leaves – I used mixed spinach, arugula and watercress
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • ¼ small red onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/8 small cucumber, sliced

Directions:

  1. Take the steak out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to warm up a little.
  2. Heat a griddle or skillet until smoking hot. Drizzle the oil onto the steak and sprinkle the salt and pepper onto both sides. Use your hands to massage the seasoning and oil in. Place on the hot griddle and cook for 2 minutes on each side (cook for longer if you prefer the centre less pink). Take off the griddle and place on a chopping board. Allow the steak to rest whilst you prepare the rest of the salad.
  3. Place the chimichurri ingredients in a mini chopper or food processor and pulse until blended together (alternatively you can just chop everything finely by hand and mix together). Put to one side.
  4. Split the bag of mixed salad between two large bowls. Top with the cherry tomatoes, avocado chunks, red onion and cucumber.
  5. Slice the steak very thinly and arrange the slices on top of the two salads. Drizzle over the chimichurri and serve.

Nicky Corbishley

Nicky lives in Cheshire in the UK with her husband and two children. She blogs over at Kitchen Sanctuary where she creates family friendly recipes and mouth-watering photos.

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