Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Balsamic steak salad recipe

This spicy steak salad packs a punch with loads of flavour.



  • 600g porterhouse or fillet steak
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 20ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • 4 cups lettuce leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 250ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar


Coat steak with Cajun seasoning, lemon zest and 10ml (2 tsp) of the olive oil. Leave to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Toss lettuce, tomatoes and mint leaves together and divide among plates.

Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium-high and add steak. Cook to your liking (about 2-3 minutes per side for rare, 3-4 minutes per side for medium, 5-7 minutes for well done).

Remove steak from pan and allow to rest on a board for 5 minutes.

While steak is resting, add the remaining olive oil to a small saucepan and add garlic.

Heat on low and cook for 1- 2 minutes or until fragrant.

Remove from heat and add the balsamic vinegar and sugar.

Return to the heat and cook gently for 1 minute.

Slice steak, arrange over salad leaves and drizzle with warm balsamic dressing.

Serve immediately, before the salad leaves wilt.


  • Use any seasoning you like - Cajun is just one idea.
  • Remove your steak from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking. Meat at room temperature cooks more evenly.
  • Don’t be worried that the dressing with be too astringent; it’s lovely on the fresh salad leaves with the seasoned steak.
  • This recipe was created by Jay Rogers for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Jay at The Moodie Foodie and on FacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

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