Garlicky Grilled Steak & Kale Salad

A bright lemon, garlic and tarragon vinaigrette coats this salad topped with grilled steak. Since the grill is already fired up, we throw on some bread for homemade croutons.

Garlicky Grilled Steak & Kale Salad
Photo: Charlotte and Johnny Autry
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated, plus 1 clove, halved

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 8 ounces baby kale (16 cups)

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion, rinsed

  • cup chopped pitted olives

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 pound  skirt or flank steak, trimmed

  • 4 slices whole-wheat country bread


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Whisk lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, grated garlic, tarragon, 1/8 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in 4 tablespoons oil. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the dressing to a small bowl. Add kale, onion, olives and feta to the large bowl and toss to coat.

  3. Brush steak with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and grill, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 125°F for medium-rare, 6 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Grill bread until golden brown, 45 to 60 seconds per side. Rub halved garlic clove on both sides of the bread. Coarsely chop the bread.

  4. Add the croutons to the salad and toss to coat. Thinly slice the steak against the grain and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Top the salad with the steak and drizzle with the reserved 2 tablespoons dressing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
32g Fat
14g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Vitamin A 2409IU 48%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 24mcg 6%
Vitamin K 87mcg 73%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Calcium 300mg 23%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 804mg 17%
Zinc 6mg 55%
Vitamin B12 4mcg 167%

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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