I find it difficult to eat a lot of hot dishes in the summer, especially when meat is involved. It just feels too heavy when it’s warm, and especially when it’s humid.
This salad was my way of getting around the heat issue while still enjoying some steak (plus… I needed to eat it before it got freezer burn). The dressing was zesty and light, and the crunchy summer veggies refreshing; the juicy mango added a burst of juice and sweetness to every bite. I also really liked the mix of spices I used to season the steak. It was a bit spicy and worked very well with the salad dressing.
I would definitely make this again!
Mango and Steak Salad with Chili Lime Dressing
for the salad
1 portion of steak
cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground sage, salt, and black pepper
1/2 a cucumber
1 small mango
mixed greens, spinach, or lettuce
for the dressing
the juice of 1/2 a lime
a pinch of cayenne or chili pepper
1 tsp grainy dijon mustard
salt and black pepper
1. In a small bowl, mix 2-3 tbsp of olive oil with a pinch each of cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper (careful, that stuff is spicy!), ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Pour over your steak and turn to coat the meat fully. Allow the meat to marinate for about 10 minutes.
2. Heat some olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Once it is hot, reduce the heat to low and place the steak in the frying pan. Make sure to pour all of the marinade over the steak. Keep a close eye on the steak, allowing it to cook slowly and flipping it over halfway through the cooking process. Alternately, grill it — if I had a BBQ, that’s what I would have done!
3. While the steak is cooking, wash and chop your vegetables and mango and arrange them in a wide, shallow bowl. I like making my salad directly in the bowl I’ll be eating it in, as I can clearly see the portion and only make what I need (this is especially handy when cooking for one person).
4. In another small bowl, combine the lime juice, pinch of hot pepper, salt, pepper, and dijon, as well as the quantity of olive oil you desire (as this will determine the consistency of your dressing). Keep in mind that the dressing will be quite liquid because of the lime juice.
5. When the steak is cooked to your liking, remove it from the heat and slice it before placing it over your salad. Drizzle the salad with the chili lime dressing and enjoy!