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Flank Steak Salad with Homemade Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Flank Steak Salad with Homemade Creamy Dressing

This Flank Steak Salad with citrus-garlic marinated flank steak, easy quick-pickled red onions and a homemade creamy balsamic dressing is the best summertime salad! It’s loaded with flavor and texture and comes together quickly and easily.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4 servings


For the Flank Steak:

  • 1.5 lb flank steak
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce or sub coconut aminos/tamari
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 5 minced garlic cloves

For the Quick-Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar or sub apple cider vinegar

For the Creamy Balsamic Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the Salad:

  • 16 oz greens (I used a mix of arugula and butter lettuce)
  • 8 oz baby tomatoes
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 8 oz crumbled goat cheese


  • Make the flank steak marinade by mixing together the 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 5 minced garlic cloves. Pour over the steak and marinate for at least two hours, preferably closer to 8.
  • To make the quick-pickled red onions, mix together the 1 cup water, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour over the thinly sliced red onions and allow to pickle in a container for at least an hour.
  • Make the Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by adding 2 tbsp mayo, 2 tbsp balsamic glaze, 1/4 cup olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper in a jar. Mix well and taste for adjustments.
  • To cook the flank steak, heat a large cast-iron over medium heat for 5 mins. Add a couple tbsp of avocado oil and sear the flank steak until it reaches an internal temp of 130 for medium rare (about 7 minutes per side, but use a meat thermometer).
  • Remove the steak and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice against the grain.
  • Assemble the salad with the greens, sliced baby tomatoes, avocado, crumbled goat cheese, quick-pickled red onion, sliced flank steak & creamy balsamic vinaigrette!