Southwest Caesar Salad with Grilled Steak

Regular followers may have figured out by now that salads are my favorite meal for the summer. This is one of my go-to recipes when I have friends coming to the cottage for the day. It is fresh, tasty, mostly make ahead and, best of all, never fails to impress! It pleases the men as much as the ladies, which can’t be said for that many salads! It sets a tex-mex theme for the day which you can carry over to appetizers and beverages. Oh, I forgot to add that Beergaritas pair really well with this salad:)Ole!


Rub for the steak:

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. each ground cumin and coriander

1/2 tsp each salt, pepper and granulated sugar

Dressing for the salad:

2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup light sour cream

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic

4 green onions, coarsely chopped

1/2 salt

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded

1/2 cup olive oil


1 head torn Romaine lettuce

1 sweet red pepper, seeded or diced

3 cobs of corn, grilled and then kernels removed

1 pound 3/4″ thick top sirloin steak

To make dressing, combine cilantro, sour cream, lime juice, Parmesan, garlic, green onions, salt, and jalapeño in a blender and process until finely chopped. With motor running, slowly add oil and blend until smooth. This can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.

Mix rub ingredients together and rub on both sides of steak. Peel back husks of corn, remove silk and then replace husks.  Soak in water for at least 15 minutes. Preheat grill to medium high. Put corn on grill (turning often) for 10 minutes before adding steak. Cook steak approx. 5 minutes per side for medium rare, or to taste. Remove steak and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Let corn cool a bit, then remove kernels with a sharp knife.

Arrange lettuce, corn and diced red pepper on 4 dinner plates. Slice steak into thin slices and arrange on salad. Drizzle dressing over salads. Garnish with nacho chips, if desired. Enjoy!

Mary Anne

Nicole says: “You had me at beergarita.  It all sounds delish, especially the dressing. And how cute is your little napkin holder?  Perfect for the cottage!”


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Tiffany @ MyDirt - July 30, 2013 - 11:59 am

Pinned this recipe. I think I pinned your last one too. I sense a theme here :)

Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy - July 30, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Another delicious looking salad recipe. Your homemade dressings are inspiring me :)

Inspire Me Heather - July 31, 2013 - 7:57 am

Your recipe looks great, perfect for a hot Summer nights supper – thanks!

Sheila @sZinteriors - July 31, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Salads are my favorite for the summer, too – especially a great caesar salad. The dressing looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing :-)

MaryAnne - July 31, 2013 - 5:16 pm

I hope you get a chance to try it Sheila!

MaryAnne - July 31, 2013 - 5:17 pm

It is one of our favorite salad meals hands down:)

MaryAnne - July 31, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Well what are you waiting for, get to the kitchen and start mixing LOL!

MaryAnne - July 31, 2013 - 5:19 pm

You certainly have spotted a theme. I love salad meals in the summer:)

Dani @ lifeovereasy - August 1, 2013 - 2:56 am

yum – i love salads that you can eat as a meal!

Karen@NourishWithKaren - August 2, 2013 - 10:39 am

YUM! Pinned this. The salad dressing and rub both look awesome. We will be trying both of these this weekend!

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