This Grilled Steak, Zucchini, and Pesto Salad isn’t your average salad! With no lettuce in sight, this summer salad recipe instead relies on zucchini and grape tomatoes for a nutritious, veggielicious base.
And then there’s pesto. I knew I couldn’t let a summer go by without a pesto recipe! Is there any other sauce that radiates summer more than pesto?!
Easy AF lettuce-free salad
I already mentioned that this gluten free salad recipe is devoid of lettuce or leafy greens.
I know that someone out there is going to scoff at that. It’s not really a salad without leafy greens. What the heck is this chick talking about?
The certainty comes from someone graciously informing me that my Mushroom, Bacon, and Cauliflower Casserole isn’t really a casserole because the finished product doesn’t bind together. So I let them know that nowhere in the definition of a casserole can you find a specification that the casserole has to keep form as it’s served.
So in case you disagree that this steak salad is a salad, here’s the definition of a salad, according to Google:
“a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients.”-Google
Hello, easy summer meals!
Semantics aside, let’s just agree that this dish has all the ingredients for an awesome meal. We’ve got a red wine vinegar-marinated steak. Grilled zucchini. Perfectly ripe grape tomatoes. And a fresh summer pesto to bring the whole thing together!
This steak salad recipe makes a wonderful, oven-free dinner on hot summer nights. Save the leftovers for lunch the next day, or share with enough people that you don’t have to worry about your pesto losing its vibrant color.
I love this combo of foods. I initially thought about adding a few more veggies, some arugula, or a couple add-ins like nuts or herbs.
But I came to the conclusion that adding anything more would simply overcomplicate things. This grilled steak zucchini, and pesto salad is completely fine without any of that!
Yes, certain recipes definitely require more ingredients and more steps to create a truly epic finished product, but more often than not keeping it simple is the way to go.
Plus, the last thing you want to do in the dog days of summer is slog through dozens of steps for one meal.
Ready for this? Grab a handful of basil and let’s get grilling!
More Lettuce-Free Salad Recipes
- Easy Cucumber Salad
- Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad
- Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
- Springtime Shrimp and Radish Salad