Speedy Steak and Blackberry Salad


This elegant steak salad is here to bring some originality to dinner at home. Fancy salads can feel like the domain of restaurants, but this quick and easy recipe delivers original flavors in a sophisticated package. The blackberry vinaigrette brings a sweet-tart balance to the savory steak and peppery arugula. Pistachios and goat cheese add richness and complexity to each bite. Serve with rosé to draw out the sweet berry flavors, or a light, earthy red to contrast the juicy steak. P.S. The blackberry vinaigrette is worth making on its own, to serve with grilled chicken breasts or drizzle over a savory yogurt dip.

Steak and Blackberry Salad Recipe
Photo: Andrew Purcell
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 serves


  • 1 pound hanger steak (½-to-¾-in. thick)

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 ½ cups fresh blackberries, roughly chopped

  • 5 ounces baby arugula (about 5 cups)

  • ½ cup chopped roasted salted pistachios

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Season steak with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper, gently pressing on both sides of steak to adhere. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet. Add steak and cook, undisturbed, for 4 minutes. Flip and cook, undisturbed, until seared on other side, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and continue cooking steak, spooning oil drippings over steak often, until desired degree of doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare (a thermometer inserted in thickest portion will register 122°F). Transfer to a plate; let rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, honey, and remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and 3 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Stir in blackberries. Add arugula and pistachios and toss to coat. Top with steak and cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
38g Fat
13g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 866mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 34g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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