Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

QUICK and EASY steak salad with a light miso vinaigrette. Ready in 30 minutes, or make-ahead for an even quicker weekday meal. Gluten-free.
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Photography Credit: Sabrina Modelle

I come from California, the land of salad for dinner. You can’t ask for a much simpler homemade meal (I mean, unless cereal counts).

With this easy and delicious steak salad, pan-seared skirt steak sits atop a bed of spring greens, carrots, radishes, and apples. The miso vinaigrette- tangy, sweet, substantial, and full of umami, provides another layer of wow.

Steak Salad with Miso VinaigretteYou may only know miso from its ubiquitous appearance as a soup at your favorite sushi joint, but miso is so much more!

Miso is a thick fermented paste made from a combination of legumes and grains – it can take over a year to make! Miso can range in color and flavor from dark-hued and super funky to light, buttery, and almost sweet. It can provide amazing depth of flavor to all sorts of dishes, and in the case of this dressing, it also acts as a thickener – which means less need for oil!

Steak Salad with Miso VinaigretteOne of the things I love about this skirt steak salad is that it’s so incredibly quick to make. If I’m feeling organized, I prep and cook the individual ingredients on Sunday so I can toss together quick meals all week long, but you can also easily make the recipe, start to finish, in 30 minutes.

I chose apples, carrots, and radishes to round out this salad because I always have them on hand and because they pair so well with miso.

You can get creative, though, and try this salad with seasonal fruits and veggies of your choice. Miso also pairs particularly well with corn, mushrooms, beets, citrus, eggplant, and pineapple. Come to think of it, that sounds like a pretty fantastic salad, too.

California is having one of its wettest years on record, so I have yet to pull out the grill, but I’m not going to let the weather stand in the way of delicious steak.

Instead, I pull out my cast iron skillet or grill pan to cook a steak with a nice crust and juicy interior. You’ll need to open the windows and turn your hood fan onto high while you heat the pan and during the cooking – searing steak can create a lot of smoke! It also helps to leave your steak on the counter for about 30 minutes to take some of the chill off.

Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Look for miso in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, sometimes near the produce section. Buy for white miso, or use any light-colored miso. I like the chickpea miso from Miso Masters.

Ingredients

For the miso dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons white miso, or other light-colored miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil

For the steak:

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet, hot, or smoked — your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons high-heat cooking oil

For the salad:

  • 6 to 8 cups spring greens
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 to 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, any kind, cored and thinly sliced

Method

1 Make the miso dressing: Whisk together miso, rice vinegar, Dijon, maple syrup, and oil. Use a blender for a creamier consistency. (This can be done several days in advance; whisk before tossing the salad if the dressing has separated.)

Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

2 Warm the pan for the steak: Heat a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet (or grill pan) over medium-high heat until it is very hot and a drop of water evaporates on contact, 3 to 5 minutes.

3 Season the steak: While the pan is heating, mix together paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and pat the onto the steak on all sides.

4 Cook the steak: Turn on a vent fan or open a window – searing the steak will create a lot of smoke. Add the oil to the hot pan and tilt the pan to coat the bottom.

Place the steak in the middle of the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the second side, or until it has reached your desired doneness. (My steak reached 125ºF, rare, in about 7 minutes total.)

5 Rest the steak: When steak is done, move it to a cutting board to rest for 10 minutes.

Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

6 Slice the steak: After the resting period, slice against the grain, and trim off any excess fat or gristle. The steak can be served immediately with the salad, or cooled and refrigerated for up to 5 days for quick meals.

7 Toss the salad: When you’re ready to eat, toss greens, carrots, radishes, and apples together in a large bowl with a tablespoon of the miso vinaigrette. Taste one of the leaves and add more vinaigrette, one tablespoon at a time, to taste.

Steak Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

8 Serve the salad: Divide the salad between four plates. Top with slices of steak, dividing the steak evenly between all the plates.

For dinner parties, serve the salad on a large platter and let guests help themselves. (This recipe can also be easily doubled for larger parties.)

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Sabrina Modelle

Sabrina Modelle started The Tomato Tart in 2010. Since then, recipes and photographs have been featured in media outlets, worldwide. The site features handmade, homemade, food that happens to be gluten free. When she’s not working, Sabrina can be found with her nose in a cookbook and a dog in her lap.

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    This is literally something I’d take in a restaurant. It looks so good and I’d have a feeling that I eat something healthy and fulfilling. I love the recipe. Thank you!

  • Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I love giant salads! Where do you find white miso? I recently found a recipe for red miso paste and can’t find that either in my grocery store, but would love to make this dressing.

  • Mark Anderson

    SR is the first place I turn to for recipes, so after the excesses of the weekend, I came here looking for a salad recipe. Here it is–right on top. And it gives me a chance to work w/ miso, which has always been a bit of mystery to me.

  • Malika A. Black

    Great steak salad. I love these kind of meals. Very easy and no fuss.

    Great as a mid-week meal that one can get ready in 15 minutes!

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