The Meal Planner

As promised, here is Steve's favorite salad that he chose for our 7 Deadly Sins dinner party. I can't deny that this is definitely one of my favorites as well. It is so incredibly balanced: the sourness from the lemons, the richness from the beef, the saltiness from the parmesan and the heat from the chili's. Eating this is pretty much the epitomy of summer itself. But you could just as easily make it in the winter and feel the warmth of sunshine in your bowl :)

*Recipe from Nigella Lawson

Serves 2

1 sirloin steak
Grill seasoning
1-2 lemons
1 red chili – deseeded and finely chopped (or use 1/4-1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes)
1 bag of mixed greens
Fresh parmesan cheese
Olive oil

Cut the tops and bottoms off the lemons. Sit them upright on a cutting board on one end, and cut away the rest of the zest and pith from top to bottom with a sharp knife until only the juicy lemon remains. Now slice into rounds, then chop each round into about four, and place in a shallow dish. Sprinkle a liberal amount of salt over them, then scatter the chopped red chilies over top and pour olive oil over everything. I’m not sure how much exactly – but just remember, the lemon and oil combine to make your dressing, so pour until you think there is enough. You can always adjust later.

While the lemons are left to steep, heat your grill on med-high. Season your steak with salt and pepper or grill seasoning and grill until med-rare (or how you like it). That’s about 5 minutes on each side. Let your steak rest before you cut into it.

While it’s resting, taste and see if you think the dressing needs augmenting. If it does add more oil, salt, or another squeeze of lemon as you feel it needs.

Divide your lettuce among two plates. Decant most of the steeped lemons and their oily juices over top of the two plates and mix them up nicely. When the steak has rested for 5-10 minutes, slice as thin as you can against the grain. Divide the steak up between the two salads, making sure to get all the red juices from the meat as well. Finish by shaving a liberal amount of Parmesan peels over the top with a vegetable peeler.

Click here for a printable version of Steak & Lemon Salad

Is is any wonder Steve and I go mad over this salad?

But be are eating LEMONS. It is quite sour indeed. I could pretty much eat a lemon like an orange, but you may need to adjust the recipe to just creating a lemon vinaigrette if you aren't as crazy about lemons as we are. My culinary friend Tara made it for her family and was shocked at the sourness. She said she will make it again, but cut down on the use of lemons. That won't be happening anytime soon in our house though ;)

This recipe is being submitted to this weeks Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap. Each week participants upload links to their favorite recipes that week.

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2 Responses
  1. Ben Chapman Says:

    I just love steak and this recipe uses it perfectly. I am normally quite averse to bitterness but I only used 1/2 a lemon in the dressing instead of 1-2 and it was great! We're looking for recipes with photos like this at and it can drive traffic to your site too! :)

  2. I'm glad you liked the salad! It really shouldn't be bitter if you've removed all the pith...just sour :)

    I will definitely check out for letting me know about it!