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Doing a make-over…on left-over Steak

| July 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

My kids hate leftovers.  Even my husband isn’t a big fan.  This leaves me struggling to come up with new and interesting ways to re-invent them so that they look like BRAND NEW meals…as opposed to boring old leftovers.  When the kids were smaller, I had a lot more leftovers to deal with and one of the biggest culprits during the summer was barbecued steak.  I would always make three and we would end up eating two or two and a bit.  The next day there wouldn’t be enough steak to feed all four of us again, and there was no way anyone but me was going to eat it anyhow.

While on vacation with my in-laws one summer, they made this amazing steak salad with the leftover barbecue goodies and the veggies in the fridge.  Everyone loved it and I have been making it ever since.  I really just take whatever is in my fridge and toss it all together.  And of course I bill it as steak SALAD for the family so they miss the fact that they are in fact eating leftovers.  I often serve it with homemade bread or garlic bread to fill up those growing kids’ stomachs. This is absolutely one of our go-to meals for the summer.

Steak Salad

Steak Salad


  • Barbecue steak, cut up into cubes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite size pieces
  • Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Carrots, sliced thinly
  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Avocado, peeled and sliced
  • Dressing
  • 4 oz red wine vinegar
  • 6oz olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Put all of the salad ingredients into a bowl. I don't toss them, I usually layer them, and then everyone can toss or eat in the order that they please. Mix the dressing ingredients together (I do this in a dressing shaker so that it gets all frothy) and then let everyone dress their salad to their taste.

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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat! Author's website.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    Oh this look really good,i love my meat well done tho

  2. kathy downey says:

    I actually love leftovers and with the kids on their own i always cook enough for 2 days…less work,i love it

  3. Debbie White Beattie says:

    This salad looks so good and I’m going to make this salad tonight

  4. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is a great idea to use left over steak up.I always find there is always that one piece that no one can eat.This look very tantalizing and tasty!

  5. Calvin F. says:

    That is the perfectly cooke steak I’d like on my salad.

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