Nearly every weekend I grill up a few steaks to have on hand in the fridge during the busy work week.  Sometimes I use them for an easy dinner with the kids (and make a side of whatever veggie I have on hand to go with it), other times I use them to top green salads that I’ll take with me to work.  Having a few different types of cooked proteins ready to go in the fridge makes life so easy!

This week, to change things up a bit, I decided to make a spicy salsa to go along with it and that’s the recipe I’m sharing with you today!  When I grilled the steaks, we did eat a few right then because I wanted to test this salsa recipe and it was AMAZING!  I’m so excited to share it with you.  I’ll also explain how I grill the perfect steak (complete with beautiful grill marks) – but the salsa really takes the steak to the next level!

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Grilled Sirloin with Spicy Salsa
Recipe by: Alison Howard
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Spicy Salsa
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
2 Tbsp purple onion, minced
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper, to taste

Grilled Sirloin – I keep my seasoning for steaks simple!  Sometimes I make a nice rub but most the time I stick to what I was taught in culinary school – salt and pepper are all you really need for a great steak seasoning, just make sure you use enough.
4 sirloin steaks
olive oil
Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Make the salsa by combining all the ingredients in a bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 3 days).
  2. I like my steaks to be close to room temperature prior to grilling them.  Rub olive oil all over the steaks and season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat grill to high.  Add the steaks diagonally on the grates so that they are “pointing” towards 11 and 4 on a clock.  After about 5 minutes, keeping the steaks on the same side rotate them the opposite way, so they are point towards 3 and 7 on a clock.  This will make that pretty diamond grill mark.  After 5 minutes flip the steaks and finish the cook on the bottom side until it temps a minimum of 145 degrees F, which will bring you right about to a medium cook.
  4. Allow steaks to rest for 10 minutes, then slice against the grain and top with the spicy salsa.

This goes great with roasted vegetables like zucchini and squash, as well as a fresh salad.  Enjoy!