Chili-Lime Flank Steak Salad


When I was pregnant with David, Justin lived in Erie, Pennsylvania for work. So my second and third trimester were primarily spent alone, but he was able to travel home most weekends!

I was still working behind the chair, and had family down to visit, AND I was anticipating the arrival of my first child, so the time flew.

My biggest craving, besides apples, during my pregnancy with David was steak and potatoes. I could not get enough steak or baked potatoes.

So a few times a week, I would fire up the grill, cook myself a steak, and bake a single potato in the oven. It was delicious!

I’m still a steak lover, and more recently I’ve tried my hand at flank steak. The first one I made was perfect. It was the perfect amount of pink and tasted so good. I’m actually not really sure how that happened because I typically don’t have success the first time around with something.

Since then, I’ve tried a few different flavors, but I always crave this Chili-Lime flank steak. I love mexican flavors, so this pairs incredibly well with my all-time favorite Taco Salad from The Pioneer Woman.

I really prefer the flank to be more pink in the middle than what these photos show; I accidentally overcooked this one just a bit. Flank can be tough, so keeping it in the “medium” range of doneness is really ideal.


I found the recipe in Food Network Magazine, and only left out one ingredient.

A few tips for grilling flank steak:

  1. Don’t overcook it, or it will become tough. Follow the timing as closely as you can.
  2. Make sure the grill is hot when you put the steak on, and if you need to turn it down a bit you can, but the goal is medium/high heat. 

Before you start, make sure the flank steak has been out of the fridge for about 30 minutes. You can either do this prior to the rub, or–more ideally–create the rub and let the flank sit at room temperature with the rub applied!

Image4Chili-Lime Flank Steak // adapted from Food Network Magazine

1 lime

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

  1. Grate the zest of 1 lime, then cut in half and set aside.
  2. Mix the zest, thyme, brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin in a small bowl.
  3. Squeeze the lime over flank, than add the rub by pressing it into the flank with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Repeat on both sides.
  4. Grill on medium/high heat for 8 minutes, then turn and grill for another 6-8 minutes.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing, against the grain, and season with salt and a bit of pepper.



I shred hot habenero cheese over the salad and it gives it the nicest kick! The lime-infused steak tastes so good on the salad, and it’s the perfect mix of Mexican flavors. If you end up trying it, let me know how you like it!

Also, may I suggest some homemade vanilla bean ice cream for dessert? Or some grilled corn on the cob as a side?


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Kendal says · 07.19.16

That looks delicious! Definitely want to try this recipe out!

Kendal // Life With Kendal

Andrea says · 07.19.16

That looks so yummy. I really like that you posted a recipe. I am excited to see what other recipes you like in the future. Love your blog!

Allison says · 07.19.16

I’ll have to try that. I like flank steak quite a bit. Here is another quick and easy recipe I like.

Peggy says · 07.19.16

A tip for baking potatoes: cook them in a crock pot, especially in the summer when you don’t want to heat up your oven. Depending on how many and size of potatoes, takes about 4-6 hours. I used to put them in on Sat morning, let them cook all day then they’re ready for your grilled supper!

Sarah chavis says · 07.19.16

That looks so good! I will have to make this sometime for my family! They would love this! Thanks for sharing!!

Osiarah says · 07.19.16

That salad looks delicious, definitely will do it. Love the recipe, thanks for sharing.

Osiarah xx

Lily says · 07.19.16

That looks so good. One complaint…now I’m going to be craving that all day! 😉
Thanks for sharing.

Becky says · 07.19.16

This looks so good! My husband and I have been eating salads all summer so this will be great to add to our menu. Do you put dressing on the lettuce? If so, what kind?

Lynn says · 07.19.16

Mm Mm! Love chili lime ANYTHING, anxious to try this! Thanks, Kate!

Sarah says · 07.20.16

This is such a tasty quick midweek recipe! Love the fusion of flavours

Melike says · 07.21.16

I’m hungry now, this looks to good.

Marie Abbott says · 07.23.16

Looks so yummy! Gotta give this a go for myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx

jessica says · 07.25.16

looks too good. i love steaks.

Lizz says · 07.25.16

Oh my goodness, that literally looks so so yummy!