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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
This salad was actually inspired by my Avocado Ranch Dressing recipe. After tasting the dressing, I knew I had to add some mangoes and tomatoes to the salad because we love Mango Avocado Salsa.
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.
We like to use leftover grilled flank steak or grilled flat iron steak because both are great for making nice, thin slices. But you can use whatever you love.
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.
I made this for supper tonight and it was delicious! What a great, fresh-tasting, almost fat-free dressing!
So happy you loved it!
Haven’t tried the recipe yet and hoping that by giving my comment, name and email I will get access to it.
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The steak looks just lovely and the salad is amazing!
Thanks so much!
Now this is an awesome looking salad! I could totally eat this for lunch AND dinner. YUM!
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
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll definitely be back.
This looks unbelievable – we’re drooling!
We’d love to see this at our Beautify it Monday link party open now!
Thank you. I will drop it off in a bit!
What a beautiful presentation for this outstanding salad. We would just love this Salad. Your recipe looks awesome. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Thank you, so happy to share. It was a really delicious combination.
I definitely need to try this dressing. I’m on a dressing kick as well. I think it’s the fear of swim suit season being right around the corner. Lol. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.
It was very good and very satisfying, without needing to eat a lot of it.
Thank you so much for linking up to Foodie Friday! Loved this recipe! Congrats, you’re featured! http://www.notyourordinaryrecipes.com/2012/04/top-5-from-427.html
That is so exciting. Thank you!!
Looks delicious and beautiful pics! Found you on 33 shades of green!
Thanks for stopping by!
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 🙂
Thank you! Steak salads are so good – healthy but satisfying.
This looks outrageously delicious! Love what Ann made and love how you modified it! All the ingredients are on my list of favorites: )
Thanks Ann! I had a great recipe to start from, and just built on it.
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: http://pinterest.com/bachelorsgrill/best-food-blogger-recipes/
Aww, Ann, I am honored. Thank you so much! My hubby loves to grill and loves steak, so I can get him to grill me a steak anytime 🙂