The color of the salad was complimentary to the little steak I grilled up alongside. It's a sirloin tip steak (aka: tri-tip steak), thinly cut. To me, it's in the same league as a skirt steak or top round steak---lean and relatively inexpensive (well, skirt steak used to be inexpensive before people kept mentioning how affordable it was...now it costs more). I happen to like sirloin tip steak the most, however, because it always seems really tender. Skirt steak seems to have more connective tissue and round steak tends to roll at the edges as you cook it. In terms of where the tri-tip steak comes from on the animal, its part of the bottom sirloin so it's posterior to the flank steak and anterior to the round steak. Anyway, this is not supposed to be a lesson on steak, it's supposed to be a write-up about this awesome salad, but if you are looking for a good, affordable option for dad or just for grilling in general, I suggest the sirloin tip/tri-tip steak.
If you didn't get the impression before, this was an awesome meal. I'm glad I took the time to prepare something special for my lunch because I haven't done that in a really long time. It was just what I needed after completing my P90X KenpoX workout!
Bean and Cauliflower Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
1 cup frozen cut green beans, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen cauliflower florets, thawed
1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 dry-packed sun dried tomatoes
1 clove garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
4 tbsp white balsamic vinaigrette
2 tbsp light olive oil
2 tbsp raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
salt and pepper, to taste
stevia, or another sweetener to taste
1. Add the beans and cauliflower to a bowl.
2. In a mini food processor, blend the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, and oil to make a thick dressing. Season with salt, pepper, and stevia, to taste.
3. Toss the beans and cauliflower with the dressing. Garnish with the seeds.
- Servings per recipe: 4
- Per serving:
- Calories: 241.9
- Fat: 9.7 g
- Saturated fat: 1.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 547 mg
- Carbohydrates: 30.9 g
- Fiber:10.3 g
- Sugar: 9.1 g
- Protein: 9.8 g