I love the flavor grilling brings to a dish, so with this salad I like to grill not only the steak, but practically everything else in there. Grilling red onion brings out its natural sweetness, while grilling romaine adds depth to the crisp, sweet lettuce, and the cotija cheese and cilantro lime vinaigrette add a nice kick to the whole thing.
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|2 lbs flank steak
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoons chili powder
3 garlic cloves, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
||2 large romaine heads, halved
1 red onion, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 large cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
1. Make little incisions all over the steak and fill with pieces of garlic. Mix together the spices, salt, and pepper, and rub all over steak. Let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes, then put it on the counter to take of the chill for 20 minutes.
2. Coat steak with olive oil. Grill over high heat for 8 minutes per side for steak that's cooked medium.
3.Take off heat and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
4. While the steak is resting, sprinkle the red onion and romaine in olive oil and grill to desired doneness.
5. Mix everything thing together with cotija and vinaigrette.
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Photograph: Claire Thomas