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Whoever invented steak salad was really onto something. A little virtuous and a little naughty, it’s the best of both worlds in one dish. (And don’t get us started on the perks of a fridge cleanout.) But you can’t just heap lettuce and meat on a plate and call it a day, so here are 17 steak salad recipes that are anything but boring.

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Loaded Grilled Steak Salad

As Coterie member Gaby Dalkin puts it, this is the queen of summer salads—with peaches, corn and heirloom tomatoes, we’d have to agree.

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Keto Steak and Blue Cheese Salad for One

You have leftover steak in the fridge and no idea what to do with it. Enter this easy, last-minute dinner that you can whip up in, like, five minutes.

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Mustard Marinated Flank Steak and Arugula Salad

Meat and greens might seem plain at first glance, but when you taste the mustardy, lemon marinade and red wine vinaigrette, you’ll understand. (Besides, it’s not plain. It’s elegant.)

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Thai Steak Salad with Sweet and Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews

We’ve always wanted to feel like we’re at a fancy Thai restaurant without actually leaving our couch. This salad does just that.

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Steak Salad with Grilled Ramps and Tomato Vinaigrette

If you didn’t realize you needed a tomato vinaigrette in your life until this moment, welcome to the club.

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Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Stone Fruit

Even if you’re not a big steak-eater, this salad has just the right ratio of tasty greens and toppings to make you a convert.

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Steak Cobb Salad Meal Prep

Yep, the magic of meal prep goes beyond just chicken. Beef is full of iron and protein, so it’ll keep you full through lunch and beyond.

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Fajita Salad with Steak

You can’t go wrong with steak fajitas, but if you had to, you could also sub in chicken. Psst: Did we mention it’s Whole30-friendly?

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Quick Spiralized Apple Kimchi Salad with Beef

This salad is surprisingly light, thanks to a quick and easy base of apple kimchi.

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Steak Salad with Cherry Salsa

If cherry salsa and red meat sounds outlandish, just trust us: The juicy fruit complements the steak to a T.

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Loaded Cold Beef Salad

We know, we know. “Cold beef salad” might not sound appealing on paper…but we promise it’s way better than that salad bar concoction you had for lunch yesterday.

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Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Firing up the grill to cook just one component of a meal seems like a lot, which is why this salad is genius. Everything gets thrown on the grates, including the lettuce, so those coals are totally worth your time.

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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak and Balsamic Vinaigrette

If you have a searing hot skillet and 30 minutes to spare, you’re already halfway to dinnertime.

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Grilled Flank Steak with Corn and Radish Salad

OK, we’ll admit calling this a steak salad is a stretch—it’s more like steak and a side dish—but the combo already has us drooling. No need to get technical.

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Steak and Blue Cheese Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

When you want something hearty and healthy at the same time, this simple dish will get you out of your plain chicken and broccoli rut.

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Asian Sesame Steak Fajita Salad

If sesame chicken and steak fajitas had a very delicious baby, it would be this paleo-friendly, low-carb salad.

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Grilled Skirt Steak with Fresh Peaches and Burrata

Is it a steak or a salad? (Who cares? There’s burrata.)

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