southwestern-inspired steak salad

I love salads for the same reason I love yogurt and smoothie bowls (and oatmeal, before my paleo days) — it's basically a vehicle for toppings. you have a base and you can put any variety of toppings you want, so it's never boring.

I also am not a typically a huge meat person. at school, I'm primarily a pescatarian and sometimes vegan (but not intentionally), though I do enjoy the occasional steak. though, based off my smoothie bowl-heavy instagram, a ton of people have asked if I'm vegan.

regardless, next update in my life: CorePower Yoga. you know I'm a huge fan of TITLE Boxing Club, but the past couple of days I've wanted to try something new. CorePower has a great introductory offer that gives you a free week, which is perfect because, well, I'm leaving for SE Asia in a week.

I had no intention of signing up after this week, but I think that when I come back, I'll definitely get myself a membership. they have 150+ locations throughout the country, including one right by QuickBase in Cambridge, where I'll be interning full-time starting in July until December. 

(this post is by no means sponsored by them, but if you're interested in my experience with them, more details here!)

now onto the good part (aka why I mentioned CorePower). CorePower is heated Vinyasa yoga, and hot yoga makes me hungry like no other. I was really craving protein and the only protein we had left in the fridge was a New York Strip steak...

so here it is. a Southwestern-inspired steak salad, aka the best damn salad you'll have in your life.

southwestern-inspired steak salad

southwestern inspired steak salad 1

serves 1 | paleo, gluten free | time: 30 minutes


  • 2 oz New York Strip steak (or any other steak), grassfed preferable for paleo
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 slices jicama, chopped
  • 1/4 small baked or steamed sweet potato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sweet white corn
  • 1 bunch kale (or any other salad green of choice)
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (my mom's recipe: just stew tomatoes with a honey, salt, cayenne pepper)
  • EVOO, lemon, salt, cayenne pepper, normal pepper for dressing steak and salad
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced


  1. take the steak out of the fridge. cover with EVOO, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and minced garlic, rub it into the steak, and let it sit until room temperature. if you're impatient / short on time, you can definitely just use it right away, but I used that time to prep my ingredients.
  2. meanwhile, chop the jicama, slice the sweet potato, and chop the kale into small pieces. 
  3. put the kale in a mixing bowl and pour in EVOO, lemon, salt, cayenne pepper, and normal pepper, to taste. massage the dressing into the kale until the kale is dark and soft.
  4. heat your grill or grill pan (I used this one) on high heat until hot. take the steak and brush off the garlic, and then place on the grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. ***this results in a medium rare on the side of rare on a thick cut of meat. for a more cooked steak, do 5-6 minutes.
  5. remove steak from heat and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. again, if you're impatient / don't have time, you can skip.
  6. if you want, you can fry an egg to go on the salad for extra protein — just heat up EVOO, coconut oil, or avocado oil in a pan on medium heat, crack an egg in, cover for 2 minutes, and remove from heat.
  7. slice the steak and combine all ingredients in a bowl (or eat straight from the mixing bowl like I do!), and enjoy! (you can use the tomato paste for dipping the steak or you can make it into a dressing; I'd recommend diluting with EVOO if doing the latter).
steak grill NY close up
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