Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

A simply seasoned steak is cooked to taste, then placed atop a spinach salad that is piled high with quinoa, corn, black beans and radishes. 

 A creamy avocado dressing tops it all off!

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness!  A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Writing my baby shower post from yesterday  got me thinking about when my own kids were born.  I have been reminiscing about what it was like to go from zero kids to one, then two, then three and how my parenting has changed along the way.

Frankly, I’m surprised my oldest turned out as well as she did.  She was our test baby, or our “training manual” if you will.

We were the classic over protective, by the book parents.  We (meaning me) didn’t want anyone to hold her, never left her with anyone and was selective about where I took her.  She did baby enrichment classes, never ate snack food and rarely watched tv.  I tried to get her to potty train early, give up her pacifier early and hoped to teach her to read early.  She was by my side at all times which was why I wailed when she went off to kindergarten.

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness!  A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off! www.lemonsforlulu.com

My second child was different.  I was very lenient with the snacks.  His diet was often supplemented with goldfish and graham crackers.  He was a PBS baby for sure.  Curious George was a regular in our living room.  I was open to the idea of others babysitting and while I still preferred to be the one to hold him, I did pass him off to others from time to time.  He did classes that his sister did and had playdates with other families who had kids both his age and the age of his sister.  I knew better then to try to potty train him early and while I wanted him to read early, I didn’t push it.  When he went off to kindergarten, I wiped away a tear or two.

Avocado Dressing

Most of my rules went out the window with the third.  She was allowed to watch Disney Jr. and Nick Jr. and not limited to PBS.  She ate whatever she wanted.  She was held by anyone who would ask and she was left with any family member eager to babysit.  I didn’t even bother with potty training until it was her idea.  And while I helped her walk, I wasn’t eager for her to start (she was my baby after all).  She didn’t get the classes the other kids got; we didn’t have the time.  She didn’t have the playdates either, she had her siblings instead.  There was no need for me to sit and teach her to read.  She already knew how.  It seems older siblings make the best teachers.

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness!  A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Everything is different by the time the third comes around.  You are more relaxed and confident.  You realize you got this.  And if you don’t, that’s ok, kids have a remarkable way of turning out just fine inspite of your errors.

One error I thankfully did not make is insisting the kids try different foods.  Now we can all enjoy this steak salad together with relatively few complaints!  The kids even ate the quinoa and the radishes along with the black beans and corn.  Knowing how much our family loves avocados, I knew the dressing would make every one happy.  The dressing is thick and very creamy, almost like guacamole and less like a liquid dressing you are used to.  The crisp spinach, warm steak, cool radishes and creamy avocado dressing make the best mouthful!

AVOCADOS, I LOVE YOU

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Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ingredients

    For the Salad
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ lbs flat iron steak
  • 1 lb pound baby spinach
  • 1 cup white corn, canned
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup prepared quinoa
  • ½ cup Queso Fresco
  • ¼ cup radishes, sliced
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle stead with salt and pepper and cook for 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let steak stand before slicing.
  2. Meanwhile prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  4. Divide spinach among 4 plates. Top each with ¼ cup corn and beans. Sprinkle radishes over salad. Top salad with sliced steak. Drizzle with dressing and Queso fresco.
  5. Dressing adapted from Cooking Light
http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2014/04/10/steak-salad-avocado-dressing/

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9 Responses

  1. Oh man, if I wasn’t so full, THIS is what I would want for dinner!!! :) Thanks for a great drive!

    • Thanks for being co pilot! I’m still fasting by the way.

    • Thank you so much for stopping over today!

  2. I have a homemade avocado dressing too, and it is my favorite. Creamy without being creamy!

    • I love avocado dressing! Thank you Chrissy!

  3. I think I was the most laid back first mom ever! I’m pretty much whatever works goes! Haha! Love this springtime salad!

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