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RECIPE

Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette


Dietitian's Tip: Many seasonings meld in this harmonious main dish. Slowly cook the black beans over low heat until tender or use good-quality canned beans.

SERVES 6

Ingredients
3 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 4 or 5 ears corn) or frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 cup vegetable stock or broth
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper (capsicum)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (fresh coriander)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 lb (12 oz) flank steak
1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans


Directions

Place a dry, large cast-iron or heavy nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring often, until the corn begins to brown, 4–5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a food processor, combine the stock, lime juice, bell pepper, and 1 cup of the roasted corn. Pulse to purée. Add the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper, and the cilantro. Pulse once to blend. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4–6 inches from the heat source.

In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Rub on both sides of the steak.

Place the steak on the grill rack or broiler pan and grill or broil, turning once, until browned, 4–5 minutes on each side. Cut into the center to check for doneness. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices. Cut the slices into pieces 2 inches long.

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black beans, and remaining roasted corn. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly.

To serve, divide the salad among individual plates. Top each serving with slices of grilled steak.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)
Calories 309
Protein 20 g
Carbohydrate 38 g
Total fat 11 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Monounsaturated fat 6 g
Cholesterol 28 mg
Sodium 490 mg
Fiber 10 g
Potassium 1,046 mg
Calcium 74 mg

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings Vegetables 2
Carbohydrates 1 1/2
Protein & dairy 1
Fats 1

Source: This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

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