Raising the steaks

This salad ticks all the boxes –nutritious, filling and extremely tasty. 

Beef and Grain Salad
Prep: 30 mins. Cook: 20 mins. Serves 4

  • 2 x Greenlea Beef sirloin steaks
  • Grain salad½ cup white quinoa, very well rinsed
  • ½ cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 corn cobs, husks and silks removed
  • 4 small zucchini, cut into thick ribbons
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach leaves


  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

To serve

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, white or black, toasted
  • ¼ cup picked mint leaves, finely shredded
  • ¼ cup walnuts or pine nuts, toasted, optional
  • Rocket aioli 

Place rinsed quinoa in a small heavy-based saucepan with 3/4 cup cold water. Cover and bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer quinoa until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Place Israeli couscous into a saucepan of boiling salted water, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until soft but still retains some bite. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set both aside.

Heat barbecue grill until hot. Rub corn cobs with a dash of oil and season. Place on the hot grill and cook for 15 minutes, turning regularly. Set aside to cool a little, then stand cob on one end and using a sharp knife cut down to remove kernels. Brush barbecue grill with a dash of oil and place on zucchini. Cook until just tender. Season and set aside with corn kernels.

For the dressing, place all ingredients in a small screw-top jar, season and shake well.

Rub steaks with a little oil, season and place on a hot barbecue grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Remove from grill, cover and set aside to rest.

To serve, place cooked quinoa and Israeli couscous in a large bowl, and, using a fork, stir through the corn kernels, zucchini and spinach leaves. Pour over dressing, toss gently and place on a serving plate. Slice sirloin steak and place on top of the grain salad and sprinkle with the sesame seeds, shredded mint and nuts if using. Serve with rocket aioli.


The perfect slice
Before you slice your cooked sirloin steaks make sure they are well-rested. This is important for tender, juicy steak. Remove from the barbecue grill and cover loosely with foil or baking paper and a clean tea towel. Set aside for 5-10 minutes before slicing across the grain.

Rocket aioli
Place a handful of rocket leaves in a small food processor and process until roughly chopped. Add 1 small clove crushed garlic, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 egg yolk and process until combined. Slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil through the feed tube until the aioli is creamy. Season and place in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Your local online butcher
Order the best meat online from The Greenlea Butcher. Shop and enjoy door-to-door service. 

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