Balsamic Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa Recipe

It takes less than 10 minutes to sear this Balsamic Steak in a cast iron skillet or on a grill with this tasty step-by-step recipe. Serve this delicious steak with a homemade Plum and Avocado Salsa for a satisfying summer meal that’s sure to delight everyone!
Balsamic Flank Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa In the summer, I’m always looking for meals that are unique and delicious, but don’t require me to turn on the oven or spend a long time in front of a hot stove. And I’m not talking about cold meals like sandwiches or salads. I want a hot meal — I just don’t want to have to feel hot while I prepare it.

That’s where searing comes in. It takes less than ten minutes to cook a delicious Balsamic Steak in a cast iron skillet or on the grill. Since I don’t usually want to shell out for high-end steaks like ribeyes or New York strips, I look for flavorful and affordable cuts like flank steak, and use a marinade to make sure they’re nice and tender. The balsamic marinade used in this recipe is quick to make, and you probably have all the ingredients for it in your pantry already. The steak does need to marinate for at least a couple of hours, but the hands-on time for this recipe is less than 30 minutes.

Balsamic Flank Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa The tart balsamic flavor of the steak goes really well with the juicy plums and creamy avocado in the salsa. Speaking of plums, am I the only one who feels like plums aren’t getting the love they deserve? A perfectly ripe plum is a treat when eaten plain, so you’d think more people would also try using them in recipes, however, I hardly ever spot plum recipes online or in cookbooks. There were some delicious organic plums on sale at my local grocery store, and when I saw them I knew they would be just the thing to brighten up this recipe.

In fact, this Plum and Avocado Salsa is so tasty that I will eat a little bowl of it by itself for a snack. When I made this recipe for my fiancé, he had his first serving of steak with plum and avocado salsa and enjoyed it, but when he came back for more salsa I wouldn’t let him have any because I was taking pictures of it (priorities, right?). By the time I was done, he had resorted to barbecue sauce instead. That meant I had a nice little serving of the salsa left over to enjoy all on its own!

Balsamic Flank Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa Of course, the best way to enjoy this plum and avocado salsa is on top of some juicy balsamic steak. Whether you want to impress guests this summer or just make a meal that feels special for you and your family, this recipe fits the bill.

Balsamic Flank Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa
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This flank steak is tender and flavorful thanks to a balsamic marinade, and is finished off with a fresh and easy plum and avocado salsa.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4 servings
  • For the balsamic flank steak
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp yellow or dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ lb flank steak, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • For the plum and avocado salsa
  • 3 small ripe black plums, pitted and chopped
  • 1 shallot or ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the steak and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. When you are ready to cook the steak, remove the pieces from the marinade and pat them dry, discarding the marinade. Heat a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over high heat (use two skillets or cook in batches if your skillet won't hold all the steak at once). If your pan is well seasoned, you don't need any oil. If it seems dry, add a little avocado oil or olive oil right before adding the steak. If you prefer, you can also grill the steaks.
  3. Sear the steak for 3-4 minutes on the first side, then flip the steak over and cook for another 4-5 minutes for medium (or adjust the cooking time for your preferred doneness).
  4. Transfer the steak to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let it rest while you make the salsa.
  5. To make the salsa, gently mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice if desired.
  6. Slice the steak against the grain and serve hot, topped with the plum and avocado salsa.
If you can't find flank steak, flatiron steak is a good substitute.

We hope you love this Balsamic Steak with Plum and Avocado Salsa recipe from SoFabFood Contributor, Becky Winkler of A Calculated Whisk, as much as we do. It’s the perfect go-to summer recipe when you’re short on time but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. If you love this simple and delicious 30-minute meal, find more like it by visiting our 30-Minute Meals section. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!

Grill Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burgers Today


Become a master at the latest grilling craze by learning how to make these flavor-packed Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burgers. Wrapped with bacon, this grilled burger is filled with bacon, onions, and swiss for an amazing taste sensation that will thrill any palate.

Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burgers

By now we’re certain that you’ve heard of the latest grilling crazy, Beer Can Burgers. They’re all the rage and all of the hype is well-founded. Grilled, juicy, meaty deliciousness stuffed with your favorite vegetables and cheese, the possibilities are absolutely endless. We’ve been trying our hand at a lot of different versions of these fabulous burgers this grilling season and we have to say, this recipe for Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burgers is the clear winner so far. Stuffed with fresh mushrooms, onions, and swiss cheese then wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection, these burgers deserve a blue ribbon.

Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burgers
Recipe type: Main
  • 2 lbs 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Seasoning Salt (or favorite rub or seasoning)
  • 6 slices Bacon (crisp up 2 and chop)
  • 8 Cubes Chunk Swiss Cheese (about 1" in size)
  • ½ Onion (diced)
  • 8-10 Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 4 Hamburger Buns and Favorite Condiments
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Visit the original recipe post on Sassy Girlz for full preparation and cooking instructions.
  3. Enjoy!

We hope you love this Bacon Wrapped Beer Can Burger recipe as much as we do. If you love this grilled burger recipe, be sure to stop by our From the Grill Section to find more like it for your summer grilling pleasure. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing for summer. Enjoy!

No Bake Frozen Yogurt Pie Recipe

Learn how to make an EASY No Bake Frozen Yogurt Pie to satisfy your sweet cravings this summer. No need to heat up the kitchen during the hotter months with this 4-ingredient pie recipe!

Frozen Yogurt Pie: A no bake dessert with probiotics
This No Bake Frozen Yogurt Pie will become a family favorite because it is so delicious and simple to make. There’s no need to heat up the kitchen during the hotter months when you want a scrumptious dessert. This 4-ingredient dessert recipe requires very little time, absolutely no baking, and it uses greek yogurt to make it a bit more healthy by giving your body the probiotics it needs while enjoying a cold, sweet dessert on a hot summer afternoon.

This recipe is perfect for beginners and those of you who like to include your children in the food preparation. Anyone can put this simple dessert together and people of all ages will enjoy its amazing flavor combinations.

No Bake Frozen Yogurt Pie
No need to heat up the kitchen for dessert during the hotter months with this 4-ingredient Frozen Yogurt Pie recipe!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 Bag M&M's® (any variety)
  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • 3-6 oz Cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1-8 oz Container Whip Cream (we use low fat)
  1. Mix whip cream and yogurt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add most of the M&M's to the yogurt mixture, and stir.
  3. Pour pie mixture into your ready-made pie crust.
  4. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top of the pie to decorate.
  5. Place in freezer for 3 hours.
  6. Remove from freezer, slice, enjoy.
  7. Store uneaten pie covered in the refrigerator.

We hope you love this simple recipe for No Bake Frozen Yogurt Pie as much as we do. If you like this simple dessert recipe, stop by our Desserts section to find more like it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so that you never miss a single recipe, and you can visit our Pinterest boards for even more incredible dessert ideas. Enjoy!

How to Make Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

If you’re looking to cut gluten and grains out of your diet and you love pizza, learn how to make this Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza with this simple step-by-step recipe and pictorial. Fresh cauliflower grated or chopped in your food processor serves as the base for this low carb pizza.

Cauliflower crust pizza

We love pizza as much as everyone else, but sometimes we don’t love that sluggish feeling you get from eating a traditional, high-carb pizza crust. That’s when we turn to this recipe for Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza to indulge in our pizza cravings. It not only tastes amazing, but it also adds another serving of vegetables into our daily diet. This crust is so delicious, even the pickiest of pizza lovers will enjoy this taste sensation….

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Low Sodium Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

If you love Thousand Island Dressing but you’re trying to watch your sodium, learn to make this Homemade Low Sodium Thousand Island Dressing instead of store bought. This heart-healthy recipe delivers all of the sweet and tangy flavors you crave in a dressing without all of the sodium.

Heart-Healthy Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Love Thousand Island Dressing, but you need to watch your sodium because of dietary restrictions? Try this Homemade Low Sodium Thousand Island Dressing recipe instead. Typical store-bought Thousand Island Dressings average around 350 mg of sodium in just 2 tablespoons. Our delicious recipe takes only minutes to make and 2 tablespoons only contain approximately 50 mg of sodium. Creamy, with a sweet and tangy flavor combination, this dressing is perfect on salads, sandwiches, burgers, and so much more!

Low Sodium Thousand Island Dressing
Recipe type: Sauce
  1. Finely chop your onions and drain on a paper towel.
  2. Measure yogurt into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add onions, pickle relish, vinegar, pepper, ketchup, and sugar to the yogurt.
  4. Stir thoroughly to mix all ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Store unused dressing in an air tight container (mason jars work great) in the refrigerator.**
* You can use a light mayonnaise, but it will roughly double the sodium count, which still leaves it significantly lower than store-bought brands.
**Use the expiration date on the yogurt or mayonnaise containers as the expiration date for your dressing.

Ditch the sodium, but don’t ditch the flavor with this simple recipe. We love this even more than the store-bought varieties because you can easily adjust the texture of the dressing with the pickles and onions to suit your preference.

Low Sodium 1000 Island Dressing Recipe

We hope you enjoy this Heart-Healthy Thousand Island Dressing recipe as much as we do on salads, burgers, Ruebens, and more. If you enjoyed this low sodium recipe, be sure to visit our Low Sodium section for more recipes like it. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a single healthy recipe. For daily recipe inspiration, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and stop by our Google+ Community to see all of the amazing recipes our community members are sharing. Enjoy!