It’s been way too long since I shared a salad recipe, y’all. It’s not because we haven’t been making salads. It’s because I am usually so dang hungry on salad night after working out that I just can’t take the time to create something new and photograph it! I always think I can do it, but my hunger is so much bigger than I realize. BUT- I finally found the time to prepare a new salad, test it out, take photos, and write about it- on a rest day. Because it seems like that’s the only time I can.
Since my husband and I both love any food that has any sort of Mexican flare, we decided to go with a fajita style salad. We are also super into peppers and onions, and were both craving those, so a fajita style salad seemed like just the right fit.
My husband and I are also steak lovers, but we try to avoid a ton of red meat in our diets. Now, don’t get me wrong. We do eat it from time to time, we just try to be super intentional about the quality of the meat, as well as how much and how often we have it. We don’t believe that all red meat is bad quality or bad for you, but we do believe it is important to be super picky about it.
Since we don’t eat a ton of red meat, and we happened to have some leftover money in our grocery budget, we decided to splurge on steak for once and go with a steak fajita salad.
We chose an organic and grass fed flank steak from Trader Joe’s (our favorite place on the planet). Then we chose a red bell pepper, a yellow bell pepper, and a red onion. To spice it up, we added a small bit of pepper jack cheese. We would have added avocado, but you guys, we cannot find good avocados right now to save our lives.
The steak was super easy to cook in the cast iron skillet. We cooked the peppers and onions first, and then threw the steak in last since we don’t like our steak well done. We put the steak and peppers on a bed of spinach, added a little bit of pepper jack cheese, and use a spicy pineapple salsa as our dressing (we try to avoid most salad dressings and either make our own, or use alternatives).
The only thing that could have made it better would have been the avocado that we couldn’t find.
Oh, and the beef can easily be swapped out for shrimp, chicken, or other veggies (if vegetarian or vegan). If dairy free, simply leave off the cheese!
You can also spice this up and add more substance with roasted corn and black beans!