Greek Salad with Beef Kabobs is a delicious and simple meal. Not only do the added ingredients mesh together perfectly, but using lean beef is a great way to add iron, zinc, and B-vitamins to your daily diet. When it comes to steak salads combined with delicious vegetables, you're going to love the ease of this choice!
This post is sponsored by the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, a subcontractor to the Beef Checkoff.
We eat a lot of salads in our house, especially during the spring and summer months. The reason that this Greek steak salad is always on our radar is that the steak bites on the top of the salad add the perfect flavor and texture.
I also like using steak because it has the same type of heart-healthy fat that you find in olive oil, which is monosaturated fat. This makes me feel good knowing that I'm fueling my body with good nutrients and good fat as well.
Anytime that you're eating beef, it's important to keep portion size in mind. For this salad, 3-ounces is a good size to put right on top of the bed of lettuce. That gives you a delicious boost of protein that is about the size of a deck of cards - more than plenty to enjoy with all the other simple ingredients.
Be sure to check out my Smoked Sirloin Steak for another delicious beef recipe. It's always good to have a meal plan for later.
Beef kabobs - When choosing the type of beef to use, look for lean cuts of beef that are "loins" or "round." This would be eye round roast, tenderloin, and sirloin.
Olive oil - You'll use this oil for cooking up the beef and for making the homemade Greek dressing as well.
Red wine vinegar - Great for flavor in the salad and dressing.
Chopped onion - I like to use red onion but use what you prefer.
Garlic clove - Garlic is a must for this salad.
Fresh oregano - Fresh herbs add so much flavor.
Salt/pepper - To your liking.
Romaine lettuce - Romaine is delicious and has a nice crisp to it.
Grape tomatoes - The perfect size for this dish.
Cucumbers - Sliced cucumbers add an amazing crunch.
Feta cheese - Crumbled feta cheese adds a delicious salt flavor.
Grape leaves - Delicious and easy addition for texture and taste.
How To Make Greek Salad with Beef Kabobs
To cook the beef kabobs:
Step One: Blend the marinade ingredients until smooth. Marinade beef cubes for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Meanwhile, soak the wooden skewers for 20 minutes to avoid igniting on the grill.
Step Two: Preheat your grill to high. Place skewers on the grill. Turn the skewers every minute or so to get nice grill lines on all sides. It only takes 6-7 minutes total cook time. Cook to your desired doneness.
Step Three: Remove from grill and add to your Greek salad.
To Make the Greek Dressing:
Step One: Mix the ingredients together well.
To Assemble the Salad:
Step One: Layer the romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large serving platter. Top with the vegetables, feta cheese, and grape leaves.
Step Two: Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Top with the beef kabobs and serve immediately.
Cherry tomatoes - You can opt for this type of tomato as well. Any kind of tomato will work.
Kalamata olives - For extra flavor, olives are always a hit. Just make sure that you remove any pits.
Steak strips - If you're a fan of strips of steak rather than cubes or chunks, slice the steak and place it on top.
Fresh lemon juice - A drizzle of fresh lemon juice or even a tad bit of lemon zest is amazing.
Change up your salad greens - Iceberg lettuce will work as well, or you can add in some spinach, too.
Avocados - Adding sliced avocados are perfect for a creamy texture and taste.
What is the serving size of beef?
A serving size is considered 3-ounce and has about 170 calories in it.
What does it mean when beef is lean?
Meat is considered lean when it has fewer than 95 mg of cholesterol and less than 10 grams of fat. There are more than 36 different cuts of meat that the USDA classifies as "lean." A lean cut of meat also has less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat as well.
How do you know when steak is done cooking?
The best way to decide if meat is done is to use a meat thermometer. Steaks and roasts should be cooked until their internal temperature is 145 degrees F. When consuming ground beef, the internal temperature needs to be 160 degrees F.
Beef is different than other cuts of meat as the color of the beef isn't an indicator of if it is cooked and safe to eat. The internal temperature is the important part.
Can you prep this salad ahead of time?
You can! Just prep and store in an airtight container in the fridge. This will save on your prep time when you're grilling up the steak or putting together the salad later.
Can you cook the steak on the stove or in the oven?
You can cook the steak in whatever method you'd prefer. You'll need to cook it over medium-high heat and want to use some extra virgin olive oil.
You can even slice the steak into thin strips and cook it that way as well in the skillet. This is a good way to sear the steak so that it cooks evenly.
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- 12 oz tri-tip steak cubed into roughly 1.5-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- ½ cup grape tomatoes
- ½ cup sliced cucumbers
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 stuffed grape leaves optional
- Blend the marinade ingredients until smooth. Marinade beef cubes for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, soak the wooden skewers for 20 minutes to avoid igniting on the grill.
- Preheat your grill to high. Place skewers on the grill. Turn the skewers every minute or so to get nice grill lines on all sides. It only takes 6-7 minutes total cook time. Cook to your desired doneness.
- Remove from grill and add to your Greek salad.
- Mix the ingredients together well.
Greek Salad Assembly
- Layer the romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large serving platter. Top with the vegetables, feta cheese, and grape leaves.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Top with the beef kabobs and serve immediately.
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