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Grilled Steak Salad with its sweet slices of mango and rich and creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing is a hearty salad that makes a satisfying meal for even the biggest appetites. Be sure to grill extra this weekend so you can use the leftover steaks to make this easy dinner recipe even on a busy weeknight!
Here’s the question – why would you make steak for a family of four when you can make steak for an army? Even when you are only serving dinner to the aforementioned family of four?
That’s pretty much The Hubby’s philosophy on, well, any food, but especially when he is grilling steaks.
Me: Do you want to grill steaks for dinner tonight?
Hubby: Sure, I’ll stop and pick some up on the way home.
Me: What are you thinking – flank steak, ribeye, filet mignon?
Hubby: Let me see what looks good when I get to the store.
Any guesses which he comes home with?
The correct answer is (d) all of the above. I’m not even joking.
Well, at least there is leftover steak I can use it to make steak salads!
Grilled Steak Mango Salad Recipe
They are perfect for color and a nice contrast in flavors and textures – the freshness and sweetness versus the richness and savoriness of the steak and dressing. It really was the perfect summertime meal.
I am sure I will be making it again anytime we have leftover steak.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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What You’ll Need
While you can grill some steaks just to make this salad, it’s also a great way to use up any leftover steak. The steak can be hot, room temperature, or even cold. But I do recommend thinly slicing it against the grain so that it is nice and tender with the salad.
If it isn’t grilling season, the bit of spice in Chili Lime Steak Bites would also be delicious when paired with the rest of the ingredients.
Not in the mood for steak? Try Lemon Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts!
I like to serve this over tender mixed baby greens or a spring mix. If you want something more hearty and crunchy, try romaine lettuce. And arugula would add a great peppery bite. Baby spinach is another good option.
Make sure your mango gives to pressure in order to ensure that it is ripe. Then you will want to peel and slice it. A Mango Splitter makes this task much easier!
I like to use plum tomatoes, thinly sliced. But you can use whatever you have or is the most fresh.
Avocado Ranch Dressing
For the salad dressing, you’ll need:
- Dried minced onion or onion powder
- Salt and pepper
Combine all of the salad dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Then drizzle (pour? slather?) over your salad!
Make it a meal
This leftover steak salad is filling enough to enjoy on its own and makes a great low carb dinner recipe. But maybe you want to pair it with a side dish. Try one of these:
- Gluten Free Cornbread
- Cheddar Ranch Roasted Potatoes
- Cheesy Cauliflower Hash Browns Casserole
- Pepper Jack Cauliflower Tots
More dinner salad recipes
- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Chicken
- Steak Salad with Portobello Mushrooms and Brie
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Cobb-Style Lobster Salad
- Mixed Berry Grilled Chicken Salad
- BBQ Chicken Sausage Grilled Summer Salad
- Thai Salmon Salad from Fit Foodie Finds
- Grilled Steak, Asparagus, and Blue Cheese Salad from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Grilled Steak Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- 3 cups salad greens any variety
- 12 oz. cooked steak, sliced thinly
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced thinly
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
For the Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 leaves fresh basil
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon fresh parsely or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 9 chives
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Divide salad greens between plates.
- Top with mango, tomato, and steak slices.
- Drizzle dressing over the top.
For the Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.