Steak & Strawberry Spinach Salad

With all due respect to the strawberries, croutons can really make a salad, especially these croutons. Instead of tossing them with oil and baking them, we start the bread and oil in a cold saucepan for the crunchiest results.

Steak and Strawberry Spinach Salad
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 pound boneless strip steak or rib-eye, trimmed

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 1/2 cup, divided

  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 small shallot, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise

  • 1 small clove garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon honey

  • 2 slices whole-wheat country bread, preferably day-old, torn into bite-size pieces

  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach

  • 2 cups thinly sliced strawberries


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Pat steak dry with a paper towel; season both sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

  2. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, shallot, garlic, honey, 1/8 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.

  3. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup oil and bread in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the edges of the bread are golden brown, 10 to 13 minutes. Use tongs to transfer the croutons to a paper-towel-lined plate as they are done, sprinkling immediately with some of the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  4. Meanwhile, oil the grill rack. Add the steak and cook, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 125°F for medium-rare, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

  5. Add spinach, strawberries and the croutons to the reserved dressing; toss to coat. Slice the steak and serve with the salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
28g Fat
24g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 604mg 26%
Potassium 442mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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