Flat-Iron Steak Salad with Mustard-Anchovy Dressing

March/April 2014

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This steak salad recipe is tasty and easy to make. Flat-iron steak is quite tender; cook this lean cut of steak to medium-rare for the best flavor.

Flat-Iron Steak Salad with Mustard-Anchovy Dressing

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: 2 cups salad, 3 oz. steak & 1 generous Tbsp. cheese

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 flat-iron steaks (3/4 inch thick, about 1 1/2 pounds total), trimmed, or 1 flank steak, cut crosswise into 4 equal pieces


  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovy fillets or 1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cups frisée or curly endive, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. To marinate steaks: Combine 3 tablespoons oil, minced garlic, thyme, sage, salt and 1 teaspoon pepper in a gallon-size sealable plastic bag. Add steaks and turn the bag several times to coat them. Let the steaks marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  2. To prepare dressing: Place vinegar, mustard, anchovy, garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a mini food processor (or blender) and process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed. Add 1/4 cup oil and process until creamy. Set aside for up to 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  3. To cook steaks: Heat a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until hot or preheat a grill to medium-high.
  4. Remove the steaks from the marinade. (Discard marinade.) Grill the steaks (two at a time, if using a grill pan) until browned on both sides and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 125° to 130°F for medium-rare, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board.
  5. To finish the salad: Toss frisée (or endive) with the dressing in a large bowl. Divide among 6 plates. Slice the steak diagonally across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Top the salads with the steak and sprinkle with blue cheese.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Marinate steaks (Step 1), prepare dressing (Step 2) and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for 40 minutes before cooking.


Per serving: 363 calories; 26 g fat (7 g sat, 15 g mono); 79 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g total sugars; 28 g protein; 3 g fiber; 589 mg sodium; 635 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (46% daily value), Folate (39% dv), Zinc (35% dv), Vitamin B12 (28% dv), Potassium (18% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 1/2 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 high-fat meat, 3 fat

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Type of Dish
Salad, main dish
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More than 1 hour
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