Sliced Steak Salad with Poblano Salsa

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Sliced Steak Salad with Poblano Salsa

Recipe by Rachael Ray

  • 4Servings



  • 5 large poblano chiles
  • 5 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 4 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • A small handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tbsp.)
  • 2 tsp. agave syrup or 2 tsp. mild honey (I like acacia)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Steak Salad

  • 1 watermelon radish or a few large red radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 2 limes—1 juiced (about 2 tbsp.), 1 halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 head napa cabbage or savoy cabbage—cored, quartered, and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb. flat iron steak, flank steak, or thin boneless sirloin steaks
  • About 1 tbsp. neutral-flavored oil (such as safflower or olive)
  • 6 oz. crumbled queso fresco or Cotija cheese
  • Pickled jalapeño slices, hot or mild


1. For the salsa, preheat the broiler to high. Place the chiles, tomatillos, onion, and garlic on a large rimmed baking sheet; spray with cooking spray. Broil, turning once, until the vegetables soften and char in spots, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the chiles to a large bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let cool for 15 minutes. Peel the garlic. Add the garlic, onion, and tomatillos to a food processor. Peel and seed the chiles; add to the processor bowl. Add the cilantro, about 2 tbsp. lime juice, agave, cumin, and dried oregano; season with salt and pepper. Pulse the salsa until chunky.

2. In a small bowl, mix the radish and about 2 tbsp. lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Arrange the cabbage on a platter or divide among 4 plates.

3. Using paper towels, pat the steak dry; season. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high to high. Add the oil, about one turn of the pan. Cook the steak, turning occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the halved lime, cut-side down, during the last minute or two of cooking; cook until browned. Transfer the steak to a cutting board. Let the steak rest for a few minutes, then thinly slice against the grain. Squeeze the halved lime over the steak.

4. Top the cabbage with a layer of the salsa. Fan the sliced steak on top. Garnish with the queso fresco, jalapeños, and radish. Serve with the remaining salsa.