Grilled Beef and Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Beef and Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Add a few key ingredients to a reduced-calorie salad dressing and the result is a marinade that turns the flank steak into the star of this hearty, main-dish salad. Flank steak really benefits from a long marinade time, so don't skimp!

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  • 12 ounces beef flank steak
  • ½ cup bottled, reduced-calorie, clear Italian salad dressing
  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 2 small red and/or yellow tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 small avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced (optional)


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  1. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Set aside.
  2. In a screw-top jar, combine salad dressing, lime peel, lime juice and cilantro. Cover and shake well. Pour half of the salad dressing mixture into a small bowl; cover and chill until serving time. Add onion to remaining salad dressing mixture in jar. Cover and shake well; pour mixture over steak in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 17 to 21 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once. (To broil: Place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 15 to 18 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once.)
  4. To serve, thinly slice beef across grain. Arrange salad greens, tomatoes and, if desired, avocado on 4 salad plates. Top with beef. Drizzle reserved dressing over individual salads.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Per serving: 223 calories; 12 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 39 mcg folate; 36 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 1,308 IU vitamin A; 23 mg vitamin C; 52 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 624 mg sodium; 841 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (38% daily value), Vitamin A (26% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2½ lean protein, 1 fat, 1 vegetable

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