Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cuban Inspired Flank Steak Salad

By: The Food Hunter

I've been craving Cuban food lately, in particular the garlicky citrus mojo which is a key ingredient in many Cuban dishes. The thought of this tangy sauce paired with beef has been consuming my days, so this past weekend I decided to put an end to this yearning.

I marinated a flank steak for hours in a tangy mixture of lime, orange juice, cumin and oregano before grilling and serving it alongside a green salad with tomato & avocado. I dressed the salad  with some reserved marinade giving it a fresh Cuban flair.

Cuban Inspired Flank Steak Salad

2 limes
2 oranges
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup red onion, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 flat iron steaks
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 avocado, cut into wedges
salad greens

Whisk together the lime and orange juice, olive oil, garlic, onion, oregano, and cumin. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade to dress salad. Pour the remaining marinade into a large plastic bag and add the steak. Refrigerate for several hours.

Preheat grill. Place steaks on grill and grill 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove steaks from the grill and serve alongside salad dressed with reserved marinade and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with lime wedges.


  1. How can I not love a marinade that pulls double duty as a salad dressing as well? The answer is, I can't. Nice!

  2. Mmmmm...garlicky citrus mojo...my mouth is watering!

  3. Love that you used the marinade as a salad dressing too - perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

  4. I'm on a really restrictive diet right now and this is something I can actually eat, minus a few of the spices! And it looks SO good. I'll have to try it!

  5. Love the citrus flavorings - very inventive!

  6. Now this sounds like a marinade that would be perfect on a host of different things but on this steak is perfect!

  7. Sounds amazing and what a great idea to use the marinade as the dressing too!

  8. Amazing sounding marinade - I love the concept of this salad!