Grilled Steak Caesar Salad

Grilled Steak Caesar Salad

Grilled steak and grilled romaine lettuce combine with the classic bold flavor of Caesar salad to make this Grilled Steak Caesar Salad the main course!

Yes, I said grilled romaine lettuce.

Surprisingly, romaine lettuce grills beautifully, softening slightly with lightly charred tips. The lettuce caramelizes a bit on the outside and the inside becomes warm and creamy. There’s a slight bitterness of the lettuce that lends a nice contrast to the taste of the warm juicy steak. 

sliced romaine lettuce wedges

I’ll be honest, this is the first skirt steak we have ever bought. I have always heard rave reviews about skirt steak. For some reason, skirt steak is hard to find in our local grocery store. When I finally came across the skirt steak, I grabbed it and threw it in the grocery cart not even knowing what I was going to do with it.

One of our favorite meals in The Mountain Kitchen is a grilled steak with Caesar salad. I figured it would be great to combine the two dishes into one for supper. It gave me a good reason to make a batch of homemade Creamy Caesar Dressing. With David’s help on the grill, here’s how this salad came together…

grilled steak Caesar salad

How to make Grilled Steak Caesar Salad

Prepare the Dressing:

In a small bowl, using a whisk, combine the lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, and Dijon mustard. Then, whisk in the mayonnaise until well incorporated and creamy. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Pour the dressing into a serving jar or airtight container. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

If you are looking for a low-calorie option for the Caesar dressing, you can substitute Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise.

lettuce and steak on grill

We grilled the steak and romaine at the same time, but the lettuce was done a lot sooner than the steak. We recommend that you grill the steak first and then grill the romaine.

Grill the Skirt Steak:

Prepare the grill with a hot fire for direct grilling and season the skirt steak with Montreal Steak Seasoning

jar of Montreal steak seasoning

Skirt steak isn’t always easy to find. If you cannot find it, use a sirloin tip or flank steak, which is similar in texture.

When the grill is ready, oil the grate and place the steak over the hottest area of the grill. Allow a few flames to lick the meat undisturbed and then cover the grill with the lid. Grill the steak until the underside is browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. 

Use tongs to turn the steak over, then grill until the other side is browned, for an additional 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. 

Insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the center of the steak. At medium-rare, the thermometer should register 130 to 135 degrees F or the color should be deep pink. If the steak is not ready, cover the grill, let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes more and test again. If you like your steak medium you’re looking for a temp of 145 medium well to 155 degrees F for well done.

When the steak is done, transfer it to a carving board, tent with foil and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes, while you grill the lettuce. 

seasoned lettuce wedges

Grill the lettuce:

Brush the cut sides of the romaine with the olive oil. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Grill, without turning, until lightly charred and wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. 

To Serve the Grilled Steak Caesar Salad:

Grilled Romaine can be served chopped or left whole. It’s a matter of personal preference and doesn’t affect the taste. Either serve the wedges whole or chop the lettuce and divide among serving plates. Sprinkle the romaine with the cheeses.

Next, slice the steak into thin slices against the grain. Equally, divide the steak atop the grilled romaine and cheese. Drizzle with the Creamy Caesar Dressing. 

Serve this salad with Really Easy Homemade Croutons and sliced tomato wedges, if desired.

plate of grilled steak Caesar salad with mountain view

What to make with leftover dressing:

The Creamy Caesar Dressing recipe makes about a cup of dressing. You will not use all of it. Store any leftover dressing in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir well before serving. One word of caution, the longer you keep the dressing the more the anchovies will begin to overpower the dressing. It can actually become pretty fishy. Yuck!

Here are a few recipes that you can try to use up the remaining dressing:

a bite of grilled steak Caesar salad with mountain view

If you love steak and Caesar salad you need to try this salad. You’re gonna love it!

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Grilled Steak Caesar Salad

Grilled steak and grilled romaine lettuce combine with the classic bold flavor of Caesar salad to make this Grilled Steak Caesar Salad the main course!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Caesar dressing, dressing, Grilled Romaine, salad, Skirt Steak, steak
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1449kcal
Author Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

Creamy Ceasar Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 anchovy fillets minced (about 1½ teaspoons)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise*
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Grilled Romaine Lettuce:

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce Large
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin-olive-oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For The Salad:

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • ½ cup croutons (optional)
  • tomato cut into wedges, (optional)

Instructions

Prepare the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, using a whisk, combine the lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies and Dijon mustard; whisk well. Add in mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), whisking until well incorporated and creamy. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Grill the Skirt Steak:

  • Prepare the grill with a hot fire for direct grilling. 
  • Season the skirt steak with the Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • When the grill is ready, oil the grate and place the steak over the hottest area of the grill. Allow a few flames to lick the meat undisturbed and then cover the grill with the lid. Grill the steak until the underside is browned (the moisture from the marinade prevents a dark brown surface crust from forming), about 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Use tongs to turn the steak over, then grill until the other side is browned, for an additional 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. 
  • Insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally into the center of the steak. At medium-rare, the thermometer should register 130 to 135 degrees F or the color should be deep pink. If the steak is not ready, cover the grill, let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes more and test again. If you like your steak medium you're looking for a temp of 145 medium well to 155 degrees F for well done.
  • When the steak is done, transfer it to a carving board, tent with foil and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes, while you grill the lettuce.

To Serve:

  • Chop the lettuce (see note) and divide among serving plates. Sprinkle the romaine with the cheeses.
  • Next, slice the steak into thin slices against the grain. Equally, divide the steak atop the grilled romaine and cheese. Drizzle with the Creamy Caesar Dressing. 
  • Serve this salad with sliced tomato wedges, if desired.

Notes

Skirt steak isn’t always easy to find. If you cannot find it, use a sirloin tip or flank steak, which is similar in texture.
Grilled Romaine can be served chopped or left whole. It’s a matter of personal preference and doesn’t affect the taste.
The dressing yields 1 cup. Store any leftover dressing in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir well before serving. One word of caution, the longer you keep the dressing the more the anchovies will  begin to overpower the dressing. It can actually become pretty fishy.
Nutrition Label based on mayonnaise. To make a lighter version of this recipe, use Plain Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It practically cuts the calories in half! 

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 1449kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 123g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 1778mg | Potassium: 1535mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 27760IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 694mg | Iron: 9mg
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2 thoughts on “Grilled Steak Caesar Salad”

  • Love this. I’ve made skirt steak plenty of times, but never grilled the romaine for any kind of salad. What a fabulous idea! It might be 29 till fall, but I doesn’t make me happy yet cause it won’t be fall weather where I live till late September. At least I have a garden that makes me happy.

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