Grilled Steak and Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


I was never a big fan of Ranch dressing.  I never disliked it, but I never liked it enough to order it in restaurants or use the bottled stuff at home when I preferred honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette.  Now my sister – she was one of those kids where you wanted to say, “Have a little salad with your plate of Ranch dressing,” or “How about some carrots to dip in your bowl of Ranch dressing?”  I think a lot of kids are like that.  In fact, doesn’t Hidden Valley have an entire ad campaign about getting kids to eat their veggies by smothering it in Ranch dressing?

 Grilled Steak & Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing | #ranchdressing #salad #steak #avocado

Well, I have been seeing some recipes for homemade Ranch dressing.  I am kind of on a kick with making homemade dressing, instead of the bottled stuff.  While I had been sticking mainly with vinaigrettes, I did finally venture into the creamier world with Blue Cheese dressing.  So I thought it was time to tackle ranch, and see if homemade would change my mind.  Especially when I saw the Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing from Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls.  It sounded so yummy!!  I love avocados.  I was planning on making a flank steak on the grill one night, and my grocery store pretty much always seems to have only 2 pound flank steaks – too much for one meal for my little family.  So I knew I would have some leftovers, which I thought would be perfect sliced thinly over a salad with this Avocado Ranch.

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I made a couple of tweaks to Ann’s dressing recipe.  I had some buttermilk for another recipe, and was looking for a way to use it up, so I replaced the Greek yogurt and milk from her recipe with the buttermilk, to give it that tangy creaminess.  And I am not a big mayo fan, so I took that out and just added more avocado.  Oh, and I also just added a few more chives in place of the green onions – every time I buy green onions, I throw half of them out because I don’t use them in many things, so I was being cheap and just bought chives.

 Grilled Steak & Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing | #ranchdressing #salad #steak #avocado

This dressing was so creamy and flavorful with all of the herbs and seasonings.  A perfect match for the grilled steak.  And I added some mangoes and tomatoes to the salad because we love Mango Avocado Salsa, and I thought they would be perfect for color and a nice contrast in flavors and textures – the freshness and sweetness versus the richness and savoriness (is the a word?!) of the steak and dressing.

 Grilled Steak & Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing | #ranchdressing #salad #steak #avocado

This salad was delicious, and I am sure I will be making it again anytime we have leftover steak.  Or chicken.  Or shrimp.  Or maybe even some grilled veggies.  I am sure it will be good with all of the above.  And maybe my sister will eat some carrots and salad with a bowl of this Ranch dressing :-)

 Grilled Steak & Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing | #ranchdressing #salad #steak #avocado

Oh, and by the way, I made a pretty good marinade for this steak.  Check it out.

What is your favorite dip for veggies?

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Grilled Steak and Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Serves: 2-4
  1. Divide salad greens between plates.
  2. Top with mango, tomato, and steak slices.
  3. Drizzle Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing over the top.

Click HERE for the Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.


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  1. says

    I love this salad! The steak looks just perfectly done and the tomato and mango slices underneath make such a beautiful bed for it. Drizzled with the beautiful green dressing … oh my. I need someone to make me a good steak now.

    I loved this one SO much, I had to pin it to the BEST food blogger recipes Pinterest board:
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  2. says

    WOW, I love everything about this. I love to make my own ranch (just finished dipping some veggies in this week’s version actually) and I love leftover steak on top of salad (kinda wishing I had picked up some steak at the market this week just to be able to make a yummy steak salad – guess there is always next week). Thanks for a beautifully summer salad :-)
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  3. says

    This salad looks amazing….especially with that yummy steak! Thanks for coming to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

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