Maple-Balsamic Marinated Steak with Grilled Pear Salad Recipe -
Maple-Balsamic Marinated Steak with Grilled Pear Salad Recipe

Maple-Balsamic Marinated Steak with Grilled Pear Salad

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"Steak marinated in a savory-sweet maple vinaigrette joins grilled pears and sweet red onions in a salad fit for company or just about any special occasion that calls for an elegant but light main dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Combine Marinade ingredients in small bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade for dressing. Place beef steaks and 1/3 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours. Reserve remaining marinade for brushing.
  2. Soak two 10-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread onion wedges onto skewers. Brush onions and cut sides of pears with half reserved marinade.
  3. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange onions and pears around steaks. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145 degrees F) to medium doneness (160 degrees F), turning occasionally. Grill onions 12 to 15 minutes (13 to 16 minutes for gas) and pears 8 to 10 minutes (gas grill times remain the same) or until tender, turning occasionally and brushing steak, onions and pears with remaining reserved marinade.
  4. Remove onions from skewers. Chop onions and pears into bite-size pieces. Combine greens, pears, onions, cheese, nuts and reserved 1/2 cup marinade; toss gently to combine. Carve steaks into slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with salad mixture.
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  • This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline; and a good source of iron.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 28, 2013

I've read so much about steak salads but none interested me enough to try them. So happy that I took a leap of faith and tried this recipe for my maiden voyage! Oh so flavorful! The "layers of flavors" spoke to every sensory tastebud in my mouth! I used Anjou pears, toasted chopped walnuts and a fine bleu cheese. What a pretty presentation with my perfectly grilled, marinated, tender beef steak as the shining star! My husband and I haven't been this WOWed in a long time. Due to circumstances the steak ended up marinating for a full 36 hours. FABULOUS! We love a good steak and salad and this one is a true winner! Thank you Natl. Cattlemen's Beef Assoc.!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 10, 2013

The marinade was pretty bland for me - I even added Worcestershire as another recommended. I used feta cheese instead and thought the salad itself was pretty delicious.


7 Ratings

Aug 11, 2013

A very flavorful recipe in which the Balsamic did overpower the Maple Syrup. If it were me, I would cut back on the Balsamic & Pepper by 1/3 and double up on the maple syrup. Really enjoyed the pears & red onions. We paired them with Manchego Cheese & Walnuts. Beef, it's what's for dinner.

Sep 01, 2013

Great new marinade and flavors for our steaks!! I would never be able to think of these flavor combinations myself. I used a balsamic vinaigrette dressing as suggested in an earlier review, blue cheese, and almonds. Delicious! My husband is convinced that I can cook a better steak than most restaurants now - so he won't order one when we go out. It's very complimentary! Thanks for another great recipe and twist on a "regular" steak dinner.

Aug 12, 2013

My husband is a meat and potatoes type of guy and prefers his steak “unadorned,” however he thought this steak was delicious. The marinade added good flavor while the beef flavor remained center stage. I was surprised by the fabulous flavor combination of the grilled bosc pears and red onions. I’m so glad I tried this and will be making it regularly.

Aug 08, 2013

Used chopped pecans, honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing, Anjou pears, and smokehouse bleu cheese. Amazing. We loved this. We would give it more stars if we could! YUM!

Aug 31, 2013

My family loves beef and we eat it regularly. This was not a great recipe for us as is. We didn't really care for the salad, the grilled onions were nice, and the steak was sweet which is an oddity to us. We added Worcestershire sauce to the steak marinade on the second batch and our steaks came out savory. When you add about a tbsp you really round off the flavors of the steak. Definite winner recipe with said adjustment.


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  • Calories
  • 471 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54.2 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 19.2 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 23.3 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 811 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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