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A lite French Vinaigrette works perfectly with the tender grilled steak, juicy pears, and blue cheese on this entrée salad.

A bowl of Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette

Most marinades are loaded with salt which acts as a tenderizer for the meat, but you can still get a flavorful, tender steak without all that added sodium.

Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette is super simple to prepare and is a delicious Summer entrée that is filling, but not heavy. And, you’ll never miss the salt on this delicious steak!

A steak sitting on top of a wooden cutting board, with Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette

How do you get a tender steak without loading it down with salt? 

One secret is to baste the steak with a little olive oil, season the steak with pepper and other spices (see the recipe below for the spice cocktail that I use), and allow it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling. Don’t skip this step!

French Vinaigrette ingredients on a table

Easy and delicious French vinaigrette

While your steak is coming to room temperature, whisk together the vinaigrette. A French vinaigrette is typically made with a white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard.

There are several different variations, but I like this one with added shallots and fresh basil.

Again, I cut out some of the sodium by using Morton’s Lite Salt to season this dressing. I’ve been using Morton’s Lite for a few weeks now and am finding it’s a great compromise when trying to limit sodium intake.

A bowl of French Vinaigrette


  1. Chop fresh basil leaves for the vinaigrette, but don’t add them until you are ready to toss the salad (so they don’t get all wilted!).
  2. To assemble the salad, slice the grilled steak (be sure to let it rest for another five minutes once you take it off the grill) and slice the pears.
  3. Toss together—or layer—the romaine, steak, and pears and drizzle with the French vinaigrette.
  4. Top it all off with blue cheese crumbles (or you can leave them off if you’d like to save a few calories).
A close up of a bowl of Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette

Let’s cook!

This beautiful salad comes together with just a few ingredients, but in the end I think it’s definitely dinner-party worthy!

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Grilled Steak Salad with a French Vinaigrette in a white bowl on a table.

Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette

Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette is super simple to prepare and is a delicious summer entrée that is filling but not heavy.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Total Time 46 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servubgs
Calories 263 kcal



  • 2 8 oz. New York strip steaks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seed

French Vinaigrette

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)


  • 4 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 medium pear peeled and sliced
  • blue cheese


  • Trim any fat from the steaks, then rub a sliced garlic clove on all sides and brush them with olive oil.
  • Make a spice rub by combining the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and coriander seed. Apply the rub evenly on all sides of the steaks. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Cook the steaks on each side for approximately 8-10 minutes for medium. Adjust the time for your desired temperature.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes, then slice them across the grain into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Assemble salads by dividing the romaine lettuce among 4 bowls or plates. Top each with sliced pear, blue cheese, and steaks. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.

French Vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, shallots, Dijon mustard, and salt. Prepared vinaigrette may stand at room temperature for an hour (or be refrigerated for up to one week).
  • Stir in the chopped basil just before serving.


  • If desired, serve the salad in chilled bowls or plates to keep the ingredients cold and fresh. Before making the recipe, place the dishes in the freezer to chill.
  • Like with most dressings, the longer the French vinaigrette sits, the more the flavors will meld and develop. So, consider making the dressing ahead of time.
  • If you don’t have a grill to cook the steak, fry it on the stovetop or bake it in the oven.



Serving: 1gCalories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 457mgPotassium: 216mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4160IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Basil, blue cheese, french vinaigrette, grilled steak, steak salad
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A bowl of Grilled Steak Salad with French Vinaigrette

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