Steak-and-Bell Pepper Salad
How do you prepare a healthy, satisfying meal for your family yet still have time to go outside and enjoy the nice weather? Main dish salads to the rescue. Start with nutrient-rich greens such as spinach, arugula, or kale, then add seasonal fruits or vegetables, even cooked whole grains. A simple dressing is all you need to pull everything together. For extra protein, add leftover deli chicken, shrimp, or grilled steak. Sourdough makes delicious croutons in this recipe, but you can use other types of fresh bread, such as Italian or a baguette. If you don’t want to crank up your oven to make croutons, you could try making them in a baking pan on the grill, or just grill oiled slices of bread and chop them afterward. Baby bell peppers are the shape of regular bell peppers, unlike sweet mini peppers, which are smaller and have thinner flesh. If you prefer sweet mini peppers, reduce the grilling time to about 8 minutes. Be sure and let the steak rest the required time; this allows the juices to stay in the meat, instead of running out into your salad.