Steak and arugula are two are my favorite things, so naturally, combining the two is sublime in my opinion. This is a great recipe for a light lunch or dinner; it is fast, filling, and crisp. I usually make this with small steak filets, maybe 2-5 oz at most, and a big pile of salad to balance out the lack of meat portion. Also, I don’t use fatty steak like hanger or strip; rather I buy center cut pieces for a nice fresh lean piece of meat.
I really enjoy this dish because I don’t feel guilty after eating it, and I can buy the steak in packages of 3 thus leaving two more pieces for another night. Arugula also usually lasts about a week in the fridge, so buying a big bag every week if you enjoy it is a great way to save because you can either eat it alone or add it your regular salad for a peppery taste.
Also, I usually have all of the filler ingredients in this dish in my fridge and pantry so all I need to buy is the steak and the salad. So, if you buy the steak in bulk and then freeze the extra pieces, and also buy arugula every week, this meal could be an easy fix that is always available if you want it!
Lastly, if the steak that you plan on using is frozen, make sure you take it out the night before you want the steak to ensure that it is defrosted. Also, it is alright to add the marinade to the frozen steak so that it marinates while it defrosts.
-Ingredients for marinade-
1 filet steak
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
Marinate steak for 24 hours. When ready to cook, put a small fry pan on medium high and let it heat up for about 3-5 minutes until scorching hot. Spray pan with Pam, and place steak on for about 2 minutes per side. Repeat once for an overall time of about 8 minutes; this makes steak about medium rare. If you want a more well-done steak add one more turn making it 10 minutes total. After steak is cooked, let rest for about 5 minutes and then slice it thinly.
-Ingredients for arugula salad-
2-3 cups arugula
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsps olive oil
shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
-Preparation of salad-
Place arugula on plate and drizzle with lemon and oil. Then, add shaved cheese and salt and pepper. Place sliced steak alongside salad on plate and serve!