Gluten Free Grilled Steak and Salad Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on September 25, 2011

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Gluten Free Grilled Steak and Salad Recipe

I am sure most people are familiar with grilling steaks; after all cooking meat over fire is almost elemental – since practically the dawn of time man has been doing it.

But what about grilling salad? If this seems weird to you, please let me explain. There is something so sophisticated about grilled salad. Grilling puts a lovely sear on lettuces but more importantly it brings out a sweetness, especially to bitter lettuces such as radicchio and to onions. And by grilling, just for a few minutes, the lettuce and radicchio gets just wilted enough that they really soak up the flavors of the dressing.

For this steak and salad dinner I put a little Asian spin on it by using San-J’s gluten-free Asian BBQ sauce for both the steak and as a base for the dressing.

It is amazing how something so simple can be so special!

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Gluten Free Grilled Steak and Salad Recipe



½ cup San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 pounds flank steak (approximately ¾ inch thick)


2 hearts of romaine lettuce
1 large radicchio
1 large red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing the vegetables
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
1 pint cherry or pear tomatoes


Combine the ½ cup San-J Asian BBQ Sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar in a large plastic storage bag. Add the steak, close the bag and toss to coat the steak. Let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. (If marinating in the refrigerator, let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before grilling.)

Preheat grill to medium heat (350 – 400 degrees). Brush the grates of the grill with oil. Remove the steak from the marinade and dry with paper towels. Discard the marinade. Grill the steak with the lid of the barbeque closed for 8 – 10 minutes for medium rare, turning once. Remove the steak from the grill, place on a platter and cover with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes.

While the steak is resting, prepare the salad. Cut the romaine hearts and radicchio into quarters, lengthwise.  Slice the onion into ½ inch thick slices.  Brush with some olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place the onions on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 5 minutes.  Turn the onion slices over, add the lettuce and radicchio and cook for about 5 minutes (along with the onions) turning 3 or 4 times or until slightly wilted with some brown spots. Remove from grill and cut the lettuce into large chunks.  Separate the onion rings.  Whisk together the 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon San-J Asian BBQ Sauce together in a large mixing bowl.  Add the lettuce, radicchio and onions and toss to coat.  Place on a platter.  Slice the steak thinly and place on top of the salad.  Scatter tomatoes around.


This Gluten Free Grilled Steak and Salad recipe serves 6

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Angie September 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I am so excited that they now sell these sauces in my grocery store. It is great to not have to go to a health food store for gluten free sauces. This steak and salad is right up my alley!


Carol Kicinski September 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I know exactly what you mean. We should be able to shop at the regular store! Thanks Angie.


Stephanie September 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

One more delicious reason why I should own a grill! This salad looks divine!


Carol Kicinski September 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Or even a grill pan!


glutenfreeforgood September 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

I sauté lettuce, but have never grilled it. I like the idea of putting the meat on a salad, even if warm. I need to try this sauce (I keep saying and not doing). I love San-J products, but haven’t tried this Asian BBQ sauce. I love your “simple, but special” attitude with cooking. That’s my style!


Carol Kicinski September 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Ah, thank you my friend!


CassidyS September 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’ve never thought of grilling salad, but it looks amazing! I’m going to bookmark this – thanks.


Carol Kicinski September 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thanks, I love grilled salad – it is a nice change, especially as the weather cools.


Julie September 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

It looks like you have successfully taken that grilling master title from your husband LOL! This looks wonderful – that steak is perfectly cooked! Love the idea of grilled salad, must try.


Carol Kicinski September 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks Julie! Yes, I do believe I have!!!!


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