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Honey Miso Steak and Spinach Salad

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Honey Miso Steak and Spinach Salad-The Duo Dishes

We really wanted to start this post off by saying ‘Oh miso hungry’, but alas, others have already beat us to the punch.  Miso is the main ingredient in this main dish salad.  If you’ve never used it before, it’s worth a try in the kitchen.  The fermented soybean paste blend can do wonders in soups, sauces, dressings, marinades and spreads.  The colors and flavors of miso run the gamut from dark and full-bodied to light and sweet.  We chose a red miso for this marinade because that is what we had on hand.  Taste test any variety to see how it works for you.

Sometimes you want a steak, sometimes you want a salad.  Life is beautiful when you don’t have to make that choice.  This is a great summer time dish if you have a grill.  Even if you don’t have a grill, you can cook the meat right on the stove in a grill pan.  It’s a great cheat, although the flavor of charcoal is always appreciated.

Honey Miso Steak and Spinach Salad – Serves 4
1 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons miso
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons sriracha
1 pound flap steak
1 eggplant, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
4 cups spinach leaves
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Grapeseed oil

1.  In a large bowl, whisk the first eight ingredients together until combined.  Remove about half of the marinade into another large container and set aside.

2.   Add sliced vegetables to the first bowl of marinade and toss to coat.  Cover and place in fridge.

3.  Place meat into the same container with the reserved marinade.  Sprinkle in cilantro and mix well with your hands.  Cover and place in fridge to marinate.  (We suggest at least 4 hours.)

4.  When meat and veggies are ready, remove several slices of eggplant–2 or 3 per person–and set aside.  Pour a tiny bit of grapeseed oil in a pan and when hot, add remaining vegetables.  Cook on medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 5-7 minutes.

5.  Slide vegetables onto an oven safe dish and continue cooking in a preheated oven at 350 degrees, approximately 8-10 minutes.

5.  As veggies cook, add meat directly to the same pan used to cook the veggies over the stove.  Cook until meat reaches desired preference, an average of 4-5 minutes on each side for medium rare to medium.  Set aside and allow to rest a couple of minutes before slicing.

6.  As meat rests, mix flour, breadcrumbs and salt.  Dredge leftover eggplant slices in flour mixture and tap off excess.  Pour a bit of grapeseed oil in a pan and when hot, add eggplant slices.  Fry each side until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.

7.  Layer eggplant slices, steak and cooked veggies over spinach leaves.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


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  1. What an excellent idea!! What is srichacha ?

    This salad looks so very tasty!! Love it!!


  2. When I first looked at the photo, I thought it was a deconstructed eggplant parmesan. But no, it’s even better. I love the Asian-inspired meal you guys made. Miso is a great way of seasoning as well. Nice!


  3. Miso hungry? ‘ve never heard that before..haha. Great use of miso here! Looks and sounds delicious!


  4. The marinade sounds so tasty, and I love how you did the eggplant. Me so hungry, reminds me of another saying in a movie, but I will refrain.

    LOVE this dish, meat cooked so juicy!


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  6. I just love fried eggplant then throw in a bit of beef and some spinach – looks like what popeye would eat if was a gastronome…better look out olive oyle


  7. I’ve never tried miso, it’s something I’ve always heard about but never gotten around to. Looks great, I love the sound of it.


  8. And my mouth watering seeing this photo!


  9. I agree that the eggplant is particularly pretty here! GREG


  10. I love using Miso like this….it’s beautiful just beautiful and tasty sounding.


  11. I love the umani idea from the miso, and with honey and steak – pure genius!


  12. That looks amazing! And your steak looks perfectly cooked!


  13. The steak looks perfect and the salad looks perfect paired with that steak!


  14. I love that you used the same marinade for both. And the marinade sounds so delicious spicy and sweet. What a wonderful meal!


  15. Awesome! I’ve used miso for a marinade for fish and to make a soup and still have lots of miso leftover. This would be a perfect recipe – the steaks sound excellent!


  16. Love this, looks so yummy.


  17. My issue with most salads is that I end up hungry again a few hours after I’ve eaten it. This salad definitely wouldn’t have that issue.


  18. That looks like a really nice meal!


  19. I love steak salads! This looks hearty and delicious with all those tasty flavors from the marinade and a variety of veggies! Excellent dish.


  20. Miso makes everything good! I’ve been known to spread miso on toast, but then I’m kind of weird in so many ways. :)


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