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Here’s a healthy and easy salad that you can get done after work (without a pile of dishes, to boot). The steak is extra flavorful thanks to a quick brown-sugar rub, which not only adds a touch of sweetness, it encourages a gorgeous caramelized crust. While the steak rests, you’ll toss together crunchy fresh ingredients like romaine, tomatoes, and cucumber, plus a shower of fragrant mint. This salad encourages customization—add chopped avocado for a creamy element, or grated carrots for extra crunch. If you’re not a meat eater, try tofu or shrimp in place of the steak.


Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

30 mins
15 mins
Serves 4


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  • Stir together salt, black pepper, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a small bowl; rub mixture on steak. Let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, crushed red pepper, shallot, and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar in a large bowl.

  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Cook steak, in batches if necessary, flipping once, until charred and medium-rare, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  • Add romaine, tomatoes, and ¼ cup cilantro to bowl with lime dressing and toss to coat. Serve steak over salad, topped with mint and remaining cilantro.