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southwestern steak salad

Southwestern Steak Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Summer time is perfect for grilling meat and veggies for a lovely, nutritious and delicious salad dressed with a homemade Southwestern vinaigrette.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, homemade salad dressing, salad, southwestern steak salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deana Larkin Evans


Fajita Seasoning

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp organic raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Southwestern Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 + tsp fajita seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp light agave nectar

Southwestern Steak Salad

  • grass-fed sirloin steaks
  • red leaf lettuce
  • red bell pepper
  • mushrooms
  • cherry tomatoes
  • carrots
  • sweet corn
  • Persian cucumbers
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • cooked black beans
  • avocado


  1. Mix together the ingredients for the fajita seasoning and store in an air-tight spice jar or container.

  2. Mix together the red wine vinegar and olive oil. Start by adding 1/4 teaspoon fajita seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon light agave nectar. Whisk together and taste. Continue adding fajita seasoning and agave until you reach a preferred level of spice.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  4. Season the steak with a drizzle of olive oil (or ghee), salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium high heat. Sear the steak for 2-3 minutes per side then place in the oven to finish cooking to desired doneness. Set aside and let rest before slicing.

  5. Wash and rinse the veggies before prepping. I like to roast the red bell pepper and mushrooms in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

  6. Divide the lettuce, veggies and black beans in two large bowls. Pour the vinaigrette over the salads then add the beef. Enjoy your nutritious bowl of delicious!

Recipe Notes

Make sure your spices are gluten-free and preferably organic.