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Beef ‘N’ Black-Eyed Pea Salad

"When I want a light yet hearty meal, I fix this refreshing main-dish salad," says Bonnie Wittekind of Higley, Arizona. "My husband loves the beef and the zippy flavor. As a busy mom, I appreciate that it doesn't take long to put this entree on the table.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 ounces beef top sirloin steak
  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine garlic and chili powder; rub over both sides of steak. Lightly oil the grill rack. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).
  • When cool enough to handle, slice meat across the grain into thin strips; place in a large bowl. Add the romaine, peas, red pepper, olives, chilies, onions and cilantro. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 223 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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