Okay, okay – I know this one sounds kinda weird, but trust me on this: it’s delicious.
I mean, look at it:
I mean… Dayum.
The thing is, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and I think quite often with steak you need a lil’ something to add a bit of moisture – especially if, like me, you get distracted and over-cook the meat every damn time. This salad, though – it’s got you covered.
So what’s in it?
1 steak (approx. 180g), grilled
5 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 – 1 tsp Very Lazy chopped chillies
1/2 tsp Very Lazy chopped garlic
1 slice of watermelon, diced
3 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 an avocado
1/2 pack of puy lentils and quinoa
As much spinach or greens as you like!
This was a lunch on-the-go for me, so I’d cooked the steak in advance, but there’s no reason you can’t serve it warm with dinner – just make sure you add the steak at the very last moment so you don’t wilt your salad.
First, rub the balsamic vinegar, basil, chillies, garlic and black pepper into the steak and pop it on the grill. If you can do this in advance, so it has time to marinade, even better – but trust me, it’s not a disaster if you can’t.
Depending on the size of the steak, and how well you like it cooked, your grilling time is likely to vary – but for me, personally, for a steak that’s about an inch thick, I tend to give it about 2-3 minutes on each side (or 5 in total on the George Foreman.) Pop the mushrooms on the grill under the steak for the last few minutes, so they can soak up some of the lovely flavour coming off that steak.
In a mixing bowl, throw in your greens, avocado, watermelon and those puy lentils, and give ’em a good stir. I know adding in a mixing bowl sounds like an extra bit of washing up, but trust me – when you make your salad in the same place you serve it, you don’t get it mixed as well because you’re trying not to make a mess. The secret to a good salad, though?
The last thing anyone wants to be stuck with is a pile of lettuce after they’ve finished all the good bits – so get in there and give it a good stir. Once your steak’s done, chuck that in there too, give it another good stir, and chuck it on the plate… Et voila.
Bob is your proverbial uncle.