Steak Fajita Salad

SERVES: 4 | PREP TIME: 1 to 24 hours | COOK TIME: 20 minutes


For the wet rub

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

juice of 1 lime

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

½ tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon dried ground oregano

1 pound (455 grams) flank steak

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

1 orange bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

2 cups (150 grams) button mushrooms, sliced

coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 romaine hearts

lime wedges, for garnish

Avocado Mousse, for garnish (see here)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the wet rub, mixing them together well. Add the steak to the bowl and rub the paste all over, massaging it into the meat. Cover the bowl and set it in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 24 hours. Once the steak is done marinating, thinly slice it against the grain into pieces ½ inch (12 mm) wide.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook until the onion becomes translucent, approximately 4 to 5 minutes, then add the mushrooms and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms have browned, about 3 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, preheat a cast-iron skillet over high heat. (You may need to grease the pan if it is not well seasoned.) Once the pan is hot, sear the steak slices, making sure to not crowd the pan. Cook for a total of 2 to 3 minutes for medium doneness. Repeat with all the steak. Once the steak is cooked, add the slices to the pan with the vegetables and toss to mix together.
  4. Chop up the romaine hearts and divide among 4 plates, then top with the fajita mixture. Serve with lime wedges on the side and a dollop of avocado mousse on top (or, for a fancier presentation, pipe the mousse on top using a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped).