We’ve come to the last installment of our Summer Grill Out Series. If you missed the first two, head on over to check out this Italian Bean Dip and this Grilled Romaine salad. For this last installment, I’ve decided on a rich and flavorful main dish that is the perfect summer entertaining meal. Where do I even start with the things I love about this meal?!?! I love the heat of the steak fresh off the grill paired with the chilled quinoa. I love how the richness of the meat is complimented by the herbaceousness of the chimichurri sauce. And, perhaps most of all, I love that the bulk of this meal can be made ahead of time, giving me a chance to actually enjoy my company and a glass of wine. The salad and sauce can be made ahead of time (actually, the salad is even better the next day) and the meat can be in the marinade for 24 hours so you simply throw it on the grill and assemble everything together. See, I told you…the perfect meal for entertaining!
Grilled Hangar Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Quinoa Salad (serves 4)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
2 lbs hangar steak
For Chimichurri sauce:
1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup vinaigrette from Grilled Romaine Salad
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
1/2 cup thinly slice fennel
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
1 cup arugula
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a plastic bag and marinade steak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
For the Chimichurri sauce, place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. This can be done a day in advance.
For the salad, add the scallions, basil, fennel, sundried tomatoes and lemon juice to the quinoa while it is still warm. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place salad in the refrigerator until chilled. Before serving, add arugula and toss to combine.
Grill steak for 7 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking. Slice and serve over the quinoa and drizzle with Chimichurri sauce.