Beef Fajita Salad


  • Makes4 to 4 servings

With a salad like this, who needs anything else as a main dish? Make sure you prepare the salad long enough before dinner to allow it time to chill.


  • 350 g beef flank steak, (or sirloin)

  • 1/3 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided

  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled

  • 1 garlic clove, squished

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup corn kernels, (canned, frozen or cut from cooked cobs)

  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (if desired)

  • 6 cups torn lettuce leaves

  • 1 medium tomato, diced

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar

  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips


  • With a fork, stab the flank steak all over to perforate it full of tiny holes. Place in a zip-top plastic bag.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice, half of the olive oil (reserve the rest - you'll be needing it in a minute), the oregano, garlic, cumin and black pepper. Pour half of this marinade (half! only!) into the bag with the meat. Press as much air out of the bag as possible and seal shut. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  • Into the remaining marinade, stir the reserved olive oil, the sugar and the salt. Set aside - this will be the salad dressing.

  • Preheat the barbecue grill to high. Remove beef from marinade and place on the preheated grill (discard marinade). Grill the steak, turning once or twice, until done the way you like it. Remove to a plate, let cool, then with a very sharp knife, slice as thinly as possible against the grain. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the corn, kidney beans, red onion and jalapeno pepper. Drizzle with about half of the reserved dressing, toss to combine and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

  • At serving time, arrange the lettuce on a large platter. Top with the steak mixture, the diced tomato and the shredded cheese. Drizzle with the remaining dressing, and serve with tortilla chips crumbled on top.

This article was originally published on Aug 01, 2006

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