By Mayo Clinic Staff
Grilled flank steak salad with roasted corn vinaigrette

Dietitian's tip:

You can use good-quality canned beans or dried beans in this dish. Just remember that dried beans need to soak overnight before cooking.

Number of servings

Serves 6


  1. 3 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from 4 or 5 ears of corn) or frozen corn kernels, thawed
  2. 1/2 cup vegetable stock or broth
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  8. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (fresh coriander)
  9. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  10. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  11. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  12. 3/4 pound (12 ounces) flank steak
  13. 1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  14. 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  15. 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  16. 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans


Place a dry, large cast iron or heavy nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring often, until the corn begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a food processor, combine the stock, lime juice, bell pepper and 1 cup of the roasted corn. Pulse to puree. Add the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper and the cilantro. Pulse to blend. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill or broiler (grill). Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.

In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Rub on both sides of the steak. Place the steak on the grill rack or broiler pan and grill or broil, turning once, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Cut into the center to check for doneness (medium doneness is 160 F if using a meat thermometer). Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices. Cut the slices into pieces 2 inches long.

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black beans and remaining roasted corn. Add the vinaigrette and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly.

To serve, divide the salad among individual plates. Top each serving with slices of grilled steak.

Nutritional analysis per serving

  • Total carbohydrate 38 g
  • Dietary fiber 10 g
  • Sodium 490 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 28 mg
  • Protein 20 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 6 g
  • Calories 309

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

May 19, 2011