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Steak Panzanella Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This Steak Panzanella Salad recipe embodies the flavors of summer with avocados, tomatoes, garlic and basil. The dressing is a medley of lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil and basil that gets tossed in with spinach, cucumber and sourdough croutons.



Sourdough Croutons

  • Sourdough or Ciabatta bread, pulled apart or cut into bite size pieces 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Option to sprinkle of parmesan on top for extra deliciousness

Steak Marinade 

  • 1 pound of flank steak
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 1/4 Low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Panzanella Salad

  • 1 pint of tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 english cucumber, quartered
  • 8 oz baby spinach or arugula
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped


  1. Make marinade and marinate the steak, set aside for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 and begin to make the croutons. Place cut up bread pieces on a sheet pan, drizzle with EVOO, garlic powder and salt/pepper to taste.
  3. When oven is done preheating, cook croutons for 15 minutes. The croutons will be done when they begin to turn a golden brown color and should crunch when tapped with a spatula. 
  4. In a large bowl combine the garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon and basil. Whisk to combine and add in cherry tomatoes to merry the flavors while the steak cooks. 
  5. Grill steak for 6-8 minutes on each side or cook until desired temperature. 
  6. Add the cucumber, croutons, spinach and parmesan cheese to the large bowl with the tomatoes. Lightly toss to coat. Top with diced avocado and serve with steak. 
  7. Top with additional basil, parmesan cheese and croutons as you wish! Enjoy!


Croutons: If the bread is stale or if the sheet pan your cooking on is dark, the bread will cook faster.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Italian
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