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Grilled lettuce? Definitely! Romaine lettuce, seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil, is grilled quickly, topped with balsamic-marinated beets and served with tender flank steak in this crowd-pleasing recipe.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim fat from meat. Score both sides of the flank steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic and a pinch of the pepper. Pour marinade over the steak. Seal bag and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  • In a medium bowl, combine beets, remaining 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and a pinch of pepper; set aside.

  • Cut heart of romaine in half lengthwise (do not remove the core so the leaves remain attached). In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Brush mixture on the romaine; set aside.

  • Drain steak, discarding marinade. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Grill steak for 15 minutes for medium-rare doneness (145 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. Cover with foil and let stand. Grill romaine 5 minutes, turning once.

  • Place romaine on a serving platter and top with undrained beet mixture. Thinly slice steak diagonally across the grain and place on top of the salad. If desired, garnish with Parmesan to serve.


Tip: To cook fresh beets, wash and trim the beets; pat dry. Wrap beets in foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Unwrap and slip off skins under cool running water. Place beets in a covered container and refrigerate until needed. Or, use packaged refrigerated cooked whole baby beets.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 22.1g; carbohydrates 22.9g; dietary fiber 4.2g; sugars 15.6g; fat 11.7g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 39.7mg; vitamin a iu 10115.2IU; vitamin c 15.1mg; folate 230.3mcg; calcium 77.8mg; iron 4.1mg; magnesium 63.6mg; potassium 941.6mg; sodium 534.6mg.