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Carne Asada Steak Salad with Mojo dressing is a lightened up and delicious way to serve grilled Carne Asada steak! With steak, tomatoes, feta, avocado and a zingy Mojo dressing that's a riff on Carne Asada marinade!
Yes, I've been on a Grilled Carne Asada tear this week (and here's my recipe for Carne Asada in the oven too!). I wanted to offer up one last option that I love: Carne Asada Steak Salad with Mojo Dressing. Remember that divine marinade I was telling you about? It happens to double as a fabulous salad dressing.
You use all of the ingredients in the marinade, but adjust the amounts: scale back the jalapeño and garlic, increase the olive oil and blend it all into a silky dressing.
Just like Carne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Burritos, Carne Asada Nachos, Carne Asada Quesadillas and Carne Asada Fries (phew!) this is best served family style. Serve the lettuce and all of the toppings separately and let everyone assemble their perfect salad including just the right amount of dressing (Creamy, spicy Jalapeño Ranch dressing would also be excellent!).
Carne Asada Steak Salad Recipe Video
Carne Asada Steak Salad with Mojo Dressing
- ½ jalapeño seeded and minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- juice of 1 orange
- juice of 1 lime
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- 1 head romaine lettuce washed and torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 avocado peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 2 ounces cotija cheese crumbled
- ½ recipe Grilled Carne Asada thinly sliced across the grain
- handful of fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
- Combine mojo dressing ingredients, except for olive oil, in a blender pitcher and blend until smooth. With the blender running, add olive oil in a steady stream and blend until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper and transfer to pitcher.
- Serve each of the salad ingredients in a separate bowl (platter for the Grilled Carne Asada).
- Serve family-style letting each person assemble their own salad and add dressing as they like.
This dressing is fire 🔥!!!
Marissa Stevens says
aww thanks so much!
Jim Rast says
first time here and the dressing is incredible. We used carnitas as the meat. Wonderful
Marissa Stevens says
So glad you enjoyed this, Jim! Thank you for coming back to let me know.
Stephanie Burdick says
This was just what I was looking for absolutely delicious, light, flavorful and everything I was looking for! Highly recommend to anyone in need of a tasty salad.
Marissa Stevens says
That's wonderful to hear, Stephanie! So glad you enjoyed!
Could you serve this salad with cold left over carne asada or should it be served warm?
Either way works great, Doug! We usually serve it with cold, leftover carne asada, but it's great with hot or room temperature steak too.
I've made this dressing twice in the last month. It is so good! Thanks for such a light, refreshing dressing that I will probably be using on every salad forever!
Awesome! Made my day, Jen. 🙂
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
My word, just when I though your carne asada couldn't get any better you went and made a fabulous salad utilizing it! DROOL! I LOVE that the marinade is doubling as the dressing! I mean, Mojo Dressing? YES YES YES!! Such a gorgeous salad, Marissa!!! Cheers!
You are too kind, my friend! 😉 Thank you!
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
I love me a salad that is also a meal. Let the mojo rain! Killer photos here Marissa. 🙂
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom says
Yes! Bring on the carne asada! This looks so freakin' good, Marissa! And your pictures are just stunning! I'm all over that mojo dressing - it has all of those wonderful flavors I adore! This is definitely on my next to make from you!
Thank you so much, Kathleen! xo
Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient says
Absolutely beautiful! I love salads with meaty protein, and this dressing sounds to die for. Saving this recipe for sure!
Thanks, Mary! I agree - makes it a meal... 🙂
Beeta @ Mon Petit Four says
Yes! The carne asada love continues! I love this salad for a lighter way to incorporate carne asada. It looks SO incredibly yummy <3
Thank you, Beeta! 🙂
Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says
This is absolutely beautiful! I love cooking up a big cut of meat and using it throughout the week in different ways like this. It doesn't get any better than this salad...that dressing sounds like perfection!
Thank you! We're the same way, Faith. I love to cook something on Sunday and then eat it in different forms for the first few weekdays - definitely makes evenings less hectic.
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Ooh I could probably make up a batch of this and keep it in the fridge for a dressing or a marinade! 😀
Definitely! Would work great for either... 🙂
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Marissa! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, here you go again! I have been craving salads lately, probably because summer is ending soon. 🙁 This is so perfect and satisfies the carnivores as well as the vegetarians!
Hi Dorothy! Your comments always make me smile. I couldn't resist posting one more recipe because every time I make Carne Asada and smell that marinade I think, "Some day, I'm going to make those ingredients into salad dressing!" And this time I finally did and it's so good that I had to share. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, my friend!