Grilled Flank Steak with Edamame Salsa

Flank steak is one of the leanest cuts of beef. I like to marinate it in an oil and vinegar dressing to keep it moist. If you don’t have time to make the vinaigrette marinade, you can use 3/4 cup of a light bottled dressing. Or you can create your own marinade with herbs of your choice. Edamame is a healthy and delicious accompaniment to this beef, and packages of shelled edamame can be found in the freezer section of your supermarket.

1. Make the vinaigrette marinade by combining the balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

2. Marinate the flank steak in the vinaigrette for at least 2 hours or, if time permits, overnight, turning once. Lightly coat a nonstick grill pan or barbecue with cooking spray and preheat to medium-high. Cook the beef for 5 to 8 minutes per side or until done to your liking.

3. Meanwhile, make the salsa by whisking together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive and sesame oils, honey, garlic, ginger and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, then add the water chestnuts, red bell pepper and edamame and cook for 2 more minutes.

4. Slice the steak against the grain into thin slices, arrange on a platter and pour the salsa over the steak. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds.

1 1/2 lb flank steak

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
pinch of salt and pepper

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup diced water chestnuts
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1 package (10 oz) frozen shelled edamame

1/3 cup cilantro
1 tsp sesame seeds

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 485
Protein 44 g
Fat 26 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 17 g
Cholesterol 67 mg
Sodium 500 mg
Fiber 22 g

Prep Time: 15 minutes (not including the marinating time)
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Make Ahead: Edamame salsa can be prepared early in the day, and can be gently reheated before serving.

Serves 4

Nutrition Watch: A food-guide serving of flank steak has 177 calories and 7 g of fat. Compare that to regular rib eye, which has 217 calories and 12 g of fat.