Steak Sandwiches with Spinach + Strawberry Salad

That’s right – instead of topping our salad with steak, we’re topping our steak with salad…and then throwing it all onto an awesome sandwich. Steak Sandwich-1

These hearty steak sandwiches are my favorite kind of meal – they’re interesting enough for a special occasion (say, this weekend’s Labor Day cookouts) but fast and easy enough to make on a weeknight. In fact, they can be on the table in just about a half hour!

Since Shawn hates raw tomatoes, I’m always on the lookout for interesting sandwich toppings to use in their place. Strawberries might not be traditional, but they totally work – especially with meaty grilled steak and red onion.  I love the subtle sweetness that they add to each bite.

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Start by mixing up a quick marinade from soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. You can do this in the morning and let the steaks soak all day, but they really only need about 15 minutes for the marinade to work its magic and leave them irresistibly tender. Grill the steaks to a perfect medium rare, than let them rest for 10 minutes.

While the steaks rest, make a quick wilted spinach and strawberry salad.  Cook lots of thinly sliced red onion until it’s soft, then add some spinach and let it wilt. This is where things start to get really interesting – add about a cup of chopped strawberries and blue cheese crumbles then tie it all together with some dressing – I love the way Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Champagne Dressing pairs with the sweet strawberries (maybe you even have an open bottle in the fridge already from making my Chicken and Pepper Pasta?)

Pile everything high on some crusty bread and you’re good to go! If you have extra salad, it’s also great as a side dish. If not, these sandwiches are also great with a hand full of salt and vinegar chips.

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Steak Sandwiches with Spinach + Strawberry Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ½ pint strawberries, chopped
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup Marzetti Simply Dressed Champagne Dressing
  • 1 loaf ciabatta , or other crusty bread
Preparation
  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. Add the steak, turning to coat. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. (You can also refrigerate the steaks in the marinade for up to 8 hours.)
  2. Grill over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to our desired level of doneness. Transfer to a cutting board; cover loosely with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Slice thinly, across the grain.
  3. While the steak rests, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook one minute, or until just wilted. Transfer to a serving bowl; add the strawberries, blue cheese, and dressing.
  4. Slice the ciabatta into 6 sections; split each piece crosswise. Assemble your sandwiches by piling sliced steak on a piece of bread then topping with the spinach salad.

Disclosure: I have been invited to participate in a Marzetti® ambassador program. This post is sponsored by Marzetti and product has been provided by them. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Thank you for helping support the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.

Comments

  1. There is nothing more that I like than a good steak sandwich – and this one? WOW! I definitely need to get some of that dressing!

  2. Love this recipe, so creative!!

  3. This steak sandwich looks amazing! I love the addition of sweet summer strawberries…yum!

  4. This sandwich looks awesome! Love the flavor combo!

  5. I am in love with this sandwich, what an interesting combo! Here is California strawberries are available practically all year round, I could see this be a great winter sandwich that brings a little summer to a cold day. Champagne and strawberries? Always a good combo! Sounds so delicious!

  6. I would never have thought of this flavor combo….love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Just reading the title of the dressing made my mouth water!!! Lovely sandwich!

  8. Totally my kind of sandwich!!

  9. I want to stuff my face with this steak sandwich! I love that you threw strawberries in it.

  10. What a fantastic combination! Love it :)

  11. I love some good looking steak and that looks fantastic and that dressing sounds amazing!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I’ll take the strawberry-spinach salad on the side and then another portion with this delightful sandwich! Great recipe, Lauren!

  13. Oh, a spinach salad with strawberries in the sandwich itself is such a great idea, and oh my gosh does it look mouthwatering!

  14. I definitely want one of these for lunch! Yum!

  15. Oh my goodness…these look like the perfect sandwich. Sweet and savory…on a bun! Perfect!

  16. I like how you think! YUM!!! these look and sound wonderful! Will definitely have to add these to my list!

  17. Ginny McMeans says:

    That is one packed and flavorful sandwich!

  18. This is my kind of sandwich! Love the flavor combination!

  19. That marinade sounds fantastic! I’m totally craving a sandwich now!

  20. My guys would absolutely love these sandwiches! Making these soon!

  21. Now this is a great idea! As a salad it would be delicious but even more so as a sandwich!

  22. I also do not like raw tomatoes on sandwiches so this is a perfect idea for me!

  23. Just finished lunch and I’d still inhale that if it was in front of me ; )

  24. I am so hungry now! I love a good marinade with steak, it sounds so good.

  25. I love this recipe – steak and salad? It’s all about balance!

  26. I’m usually not a salad person, but when you use it as a sandwich topper, I’m in! Funny how that works ;)

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