Want an Easy Beef Dinner? – Enjoy a Meaty Salad

One lazy Sunday afternoon recently my family decided to go for dinner to a steak restaurant – to avoid cooking and to treat our little ones. I had something I had never had before and I loved it – salad with grilled meat.

I love salads and I think offering them as an alternative main meal is a fantastic idea – you have a healthier dish, a dish that is light and most importantly, it’s usually very easy to prepare.

As during the winter my family tend to eat more fatty food, so from time to time I try to offer something wholesome, delicious, beautiful and healthy!

As my husband and my little ones love meat that is why I would offer them an easy beef dinner recipe tonight. Below please see my interpretation 🙂

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  • mixed baby leaves salad (lettuce, baby spinach, rocket)

  • baby tomatoes

  • radishes

  • grilled meat, cut in slices

Note! I prepared the salad using beef, but you can use chicken as well. Just bake it in the oven, dressed in your favourite seasoning and then slice it in smaller pieces.

For the dressing:

  • olive oil

  • vinegar

  • salt and black pepper

  • honey

  • soy souce (optional)


  1. prepare the meat:

    • if using beef: fry the beef stake for 2-3 minutes each side, leave to stand for a few minutes and cut in slices

    • if using chicken: smother in mix of seasoning (parsley, red and black pepper, basil, etc. with a little bit of oil to make a smooth paste); put in the oven (190°-200°C) on a grease-proof paper and bake for 20-30 minutes

  1. in a salad bowl put together all the greens (salad leaves) that you are going to use, tear them a little bit if they are too big;

  2. cut the radishes and put them in the serving bowl;

  3. prepare the dressing by adding together all the ingredients

I haven’t put measures for the dressing as everyone has their own preferences, but as a whole – mix olive oil and vinegar, put salt and black pepper, and just a teaspoon of honey. Don’t make the dressing too sweet (you can skip the honey if you wish, I just think a little bit of sweetness goes well both with the lettuce and the beef).

When serving you can add slices of boiled eggs and/or red onion as well, if you want.

Have a nice and relaxing evening!


  1. Charlotte

    This salad sounds fantastic Ellie. I am a bit of a spice fiend so would make a dressing with some dried chilli flakes or finely chopped chillies.
    Another favourite dressing is a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar combo, maybe with some garlic too.
    I look forward to seeing some more of your recipes!

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Thank you for giving me other dressing ideas.
      I usually don’t put chillis in my recipes as my youngest one should be able to eat them, but I also love a little bit of hotness 😉 so I’ll try it with chilli next time, I’m sure my husband would love that.

  2. Carlos

    I love salads with meat for dinner. Easy to prepare and healthy if you do it properly.
    My best choice is lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Then, I add wathever I have on the fridge as a meat (chicken, pork steak, beef, bacon,..) or fish (usually dory or salmon).
    Important: only one kind of meat/fish and as much “green as you want”.
    As a dressing I use salt, vinegar and olive oil (not too much).
    Easy, easy. In less than ten minute the dinner is ready.

    1. Ellie (Post author)

      Thank you for your comment.
      I love salads as a main meal, but I had never had this kind of salad before going to the restaurant (beef salad), maybe because beef is not usually my first choice.
      I like you would choose chicken.
      Please share some ideas for fish salads to offer them to my little ones.
      Can’t wait to try them. Thank you.


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