The Healthy Bite – Grilled Beef w/Avocado Salad Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Toss those store-bought sauces and dressings, and top your foods with homemade (or semi homemade) versions instead. That way, you can control the fat — and perfect the taste. Try this recipe below with or without the steak or substitute chicken, pork, seafood or fish.

Cut down on oil. A homemade (or semi homemade) salad dressing should contain more vinegar, lemon juice, or orange juice than oil to keep calories in check, says registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN, author of The Flexitarian Diet and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. You’ll need to adapt standard recipes, which usually call for more oil. Enjoy!

Grilled Beef and Avocado Salad With Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette Recipe


* 12 ounce(s) beef, flank steak
* 1/2 cup(s) dressing, Italian, reduced calorie
* 1/2 teaspoon lime peel
* 1/4 cup(s) lime juice
* 2 tablespoon cilantro
* 1/4 cup(s) onion(s), chopped
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper, black ground
* 6 cup(s) lettuce, mixed greens
* 2 small tomato(es), red or yellow, cut into wedges
* 1 small avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced

Recipe Tip:

Marinate 24 hours.


1. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Set aside.

2. In a screw-top jar, combine salad dressing, lime peel, lime juice, and cilantro. Cover and shake well. Pour half of the salad dressing mixture into a small bowl; cover and chill until serving time. Add onion to remaining salad dressing mixture in jar. Cover and shake well; pour mixture over steak in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.

3. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill steak on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 17 to 21 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once. [Or place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 15 to 18 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once.]

4. To serve, thinly slice beef across grain. Arrange salad greens, tomatoes, and avocado on 4 salad plates. Top with beef. Drizzle reserved dressing over individual salads.


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Quick Info:

Contains Red MeatContains Red Meat

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 164, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 477mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 7g, Carbs: 6g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Protein: 20g

Exchanges: Vegetable: 1, Lean Meat: 2.5, Fat: 1
Carb Choices: 0.5

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 37 mins
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