Flank Steak Tacos with Strawberry Mint Salsa

September 6, 2011

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I love a good Monday that’s really a Tuesday. You know what I mean. It feels like a Monday, but then you suddenly get that “omg it’s really Tuesday” happy feeling throughout the entire day. Summer is unofficially over. Officially, we still have a couple weeks left. And strawberries have still been on non-stop sale at my grocery store. Thank goodness. I’ve been gobbling them up like no tomorrow while I can since I know I’m going to miss them like crazy this winter. So, when I saw that flank steak was also on sale at my grocery store, I was determined to combine the two. And thus was born Flank Steak Tacos with Strawberry Mint Salsa.

A marriage made in heaven. It really is. And marriage has totally been on my mind a lot this weekend, considering Chris and I finished our wedding website (yay!) and started our wedding registering. My gosh, registering for gifts is completely and totally overwhelming. We basically stood in Macy’s and Crate and Barrel and just stared at everything. Too many wonderful knives. Too much incredible All-Clad. Only about a billion different types of flatware (all of which we held multiple times). And don’t even get me started on the china and everyday dishes. How are we supposed to decide?

I’m tempted to simply create an all Le Creuset and Chef’n registry… With some Martha Stewart thrown in for good measure.

Flank Steak Tacos with Strawberry Mint Salsa (serves about 2):
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  • Chili lime flank steak (recipe below)
  • 4 flour tortillas (lightly grilled)
  • 4 oz. gorgonzola cheese

Chili Lime Flank Steak:

  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 2 T chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb.-3/4 lb. flank steak

Strawberry Mint Salsa:

  • 1 C chopped strawberries (about 8-10 strawberries)
  • 1/4 C chopped red onion
  • 2 T chopped mint
  • 2 t chopped jalapeño
      

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Start by making the marinade for your steak. In a small bowl, mix lime juice, chili powder, cumin, chopped onion, minced garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

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Set the flank steak in a baking dish (or other shallow dish) and pour the marinade over. Flip the steak over to make sure the marinade gets everywhere. Put the steak in the fridge for about an hour.

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While the steak is marinating, you can feel free to whip up the strawberry mint salsa.

It’s easy. Really. All you need to do is mix together the strawberries, red onion, chopped mint, and jalapeño. Pop the bowl in the fridge while you finish the steak, so the flavors can meld together. Yum.

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When the steak is done marinating, cook it in a grill pan (or on the grill… Or in a regular pan) to the temperature of your liking.

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I cooked the steak for a few minutes on each side, since we like it a bit pink around here.

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Love those grill marks! When the steak is done grilling, place it on a cutting board.

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And slice it into thin strips. You may end up with some leftover steak, depending on how much you get and how much you eat, of course. But this flank steak makes great leftovers, so no problem!

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Take one of the lightly grilled tortillas and lay a few strips of steak down. Top with the strawberry mint salsa and sprinkle with gorgonzola.

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Yup. Still tastes like summer.

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At first I was a little uncertain about how strawberries and gorgonzola would go together. But let me tell you, it’s incredible. You have the sweet flavor of the strawberries combined with the creamy aggressive sharpness of the gorgonzola and you’re in heaven. Or at least I was. But that also could have had something to do with the fact that there was steak involved.

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And just as an FYI: You should probably serve these with those Gin Lime Rickeys with Cilantro I blogged about the other day. Because it was the absolute best flavor combination ever.

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By the way, you can still enter the Gap jeans giveaway until 11:59 p.m. tonight!

Sadly, it’s super rainy and slightly chilly here in Boston today and will likely be for the rest of the week. Chris and I are headed to the TV on the Radio concert (outside!) tonight, which will be interesting 🙂

How are you trying to get the most out of the remaining summer fruits and veggies?

[Sues]

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25 Responses to "Flank Steak Tacos with Strawberry Mint Salsa"

  1. Loved reading your wedding website- what site did you use to make it?!

  2. that’s a good way to use up mint. i want anything that still tastes like summer. I’m NOT ready for our 9 months of winter that’s right around the corner!! 🙁

  3. Erica says:

    What a fun combo! Screams summer. Hope yall stayed warm at the concert. Unfortunately, the peanut gets an upset tummy when i eat fruit :(. I am enjoying lots of summer veggies though. My favs are corn and summer squash

  4. Sues says:

    @Liz- Aww thanks! My fiance is a software engineer and hated all the wedding website templates, so he built his own. You might be able to find someone to do it for you inexpensively (or have someone you know build you one as a wedding gift!)

  5. At first I was like… hhhmmmmm… but by the time I read through your post and saw the gorgeous pictures.. I was hooked! Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Love the flavor combination here! Lime, mint and strawberries! So good!

  7. Chris says:

    I know it’s a bit early but I could really go for a couple of these right about now. Love the pictures.

  8. brandi says:

    this is gorgeous! love the strawberry salsa.

  9. Lele says:

    Fruit in salsa is the BEST. So refreshing for summer. I just invented watermelon-tomatillo salsa and it was fantastic.

  10. Pam says:

    These tacos look fantastic! Love the strawberries on there.

  11. Katie says:

    I love fruit salsas. I’ve never thought about putting strawberries in them, though! That looks so good (and pretty, too!)

  12. Michelle says:

    I made a huge green bean side dish and fresh salsa this weekend to celebrate the end of summer with a few barbecues!

  13. Kelly says:

    Registering sounds like the perfect kind of overwhelming and your website is adorable by the way. If it were me, I’d take stock these days of what you wish you had, what would make your life easier, and what you’ll actually use.

    Maybe I’m a dork but I’ve had a lot of those ‘if I ever get married I’ll register for x’ moments, though admittedly I am one of those girls who puts a lot of those things on my birthday list.

  14. Monique says:

    gadzukes! that steak is cooked PERFECTLY! i love it!

  15. briarrose says:

    I definitely should not be looking at these photos when I’m hungry…ehehe. My tummy is grumbling away. Definitely my kind of salsa right there.

  16. sweeter salt says:

    Just the salsa itself sounds delicious! I totally want to make that with some of the mint from my plant. Add steak and gorgonzola – yum.

    Laura

  17. NicoleD says:

    I love how summery it all looks! We’re getting rain and cool weather here in Michigan, too. I’m trying to hang onto summer as long as possible!

  18. Although I don’t eat steak, I can always appreciate a good-looking steak dish – and this looks fantastic. I’ll definitely be making that salsa next spring/summer, too!

  19. Juliana says:

    Wow, what a great combination…flank steak and strawberry salsa…love the flavors and the colors.
    Hope you are having a great week Sues 🙂

  20. Shannon says:

    ooh, loving the flavors here 🙂 need to get some more strawberries in me while i still can!

  21. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to try this! It is such an intriguing flavor combination and I know all the Summer berries are going away soon…so I will be trying this asap! 😀

  22. Ashley says:

    Hi Ladies! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Read about it here: http://stylemesimple.blogspot.com/2011/09/versatile-blogger.html

  23. I love flank steak but the only time I’ve made it was … at a cooking class! 🙂 Ha. I need to branch out of my vegetarian ways (I’m not officially a veg, just like to cook a lot of meatless dishes) and make this while it’s still nice outside for grilling!

  24. Mmm I just LOVE interesting, out-of-the-box tacos!

  25. Joanne says:

    I am basically almost crying and can’t stop smiling looking at your wedding website. I am just SO happy for you!

    I would never have thought to combine fruit with steak…but leave it to you to make it look so damn delicious!

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