I think I found a salad that I can eat everyday.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

I mean, besides that snickers apple salad that is made with… yep, snickers and apples and whipped cream and chocolate. Now THAT is a salad. Am I right or am I right?

I’m right.

But this salad is like, a normal salad that I can eat everyday. It takes a little more work than simply throwing a bunch of stuff together but it is totally worth it. It has layers upon layers of flavor. And texture! AHHHHH texture. The reason for my existence. I’m a texture faaaahreak.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

The only things I love more than texture in my food are out-of-the-blue shoe sales and old school Lisa Loeb songs. Wait, I said songs with an “s.” Pretty sure I should just say song-ah. No s. That’s right. I only hear what I want to.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

In my perfect world, I would eat a big salad just like this for lunch everyday. However, in my perfect world I would also live in an adorable little condo and split my time between the big city and the little lake town and be able to properly wear skinny jeans and actually want to drink cappuccinos everyday with incredible foam art swirled on top.

The consensus of my life? I’ve read way too many books. I’m pretty sure that might be one of the issues of all females in this generation today. Probably why my expectations for work, life, love and… heck, even food… are so outrageous and obnoxious.

Instead, my perfect world consists of eating tortilla chips microwaved with cheese on top for lunch. That is not chick lit worthy. Sort of depressing. But real life! Luckily, real life sometimes inspires lunch so microwaved tortilla chips become fajita steak salads.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

Because I will jump at any chance to consume a margarita for lunch? Also… true.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

So yeah, this real life, microwave chip inspired salad has just about everything on top that your little heart may desire. Or my little heart. I don’t do many vegetables so… you may want to change that. But. We’ve got tequila marinated flank steak, black beans, some sweet corn salsa with jalapeños, lime and red onion, sautéed peppers, grated cheese, tortilla chips and dun dun dun… avocado. Such a shocker. The whole thing is topped off with this chile lime dressing that I threw together on a whim and of course, immediately touched my eyes after dealing with the pepper flakes and jalapeños. That was so awesome.

Definitely made up for that with a marg.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com


Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 2-24 hours (marinating time)

Cook Time: 15 minutes


tequila lime flank steak
1 (2 pound, 1-inch thick) flank steak
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
zest of 2 limes

1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 head of red romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup copycat chipotle corn salsa
1 ounce colby jack cheese, freshly grated
1 avocado, sliced
blue tortilla chips for topping

chile lime vinaigrette
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon red pepper or chile oil
2 teaspoons honey
the juice of 2 limes
a pinch of salt + pepper


tequila lime flank steak
Whisk tequila, olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and lime zest in a bowl until combine. Add flank steak to a ziplock bag or baking dish and pour marinade ingredients over top. Marinate (in the fridge!) for 2-24 hours, flipping steak a few times. When you're ready to make the salads, heat the broiler in your oven on the highest setting and place an oven rack directly underneath. Broil steak for 5 minutes, flip and broil for 5 minutes more. If your steak is 1-1 1/2 inches thick, this will result in steak that is done medium-well. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes, then slice thin strips on an angle. You can cook the steak however you'd like! You can grill the steak if desired.

While the steak is cooking/resting, heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Add peppers with a pinch of salt and pepper, tossing to coat and cook for 5-6 minutes, until slightly soft.

To assemble the salad, place lettuce in the bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper, toss, and cover with flank steak, black beans, corn salsa, peppers, cheese, avocado and tortilla chips. Top with dressing and toss!

chile lime vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, shaker bottle or large bowl and shake/whisk until combined.

Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette I howsweeteats.com

Yeah… I like this.

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91 Responses to “Tequila Lime Flank Steak Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette.”

  1. #
    Carolyn — February 6, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    I love blue corn tortilla chips! This looks absolutely amazing!


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    J — February 6, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    What can be substituted for the Chile or red pepper oil? This is my kind of salad, hidden lettuce and plentiful toppings!


  3. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 6, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to eat this every day? Delicious!


  4. #
    Brittni — February 6, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    I’m fairly new to your blog (and first time commenting), but I wanted to know I love it! I just made your Thai turkey burgers last night (they were fabulous!), and I literally told my husband today I would smother my face in this salad. Anything that can be paired with a margarita is ok by me!


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    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — February 6, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    I am so down with this… what can I say, but simply YUM!


  6. #
    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — February 6, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    Now this is my idea of a salad! Can’t wait to give it a try!


  7. #
    Kory — February 6, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    oh my gosh this looks so good! I’m a sucker for anything Mexican inspired. Thanks for sharing!


  8. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — February 7, 2013 @ 12:07 am


    Wait, I forgot the “y”



  9. #
    charli — February 7, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    this is so gorgeous!!


  10. #
    Yvonne — February 7, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I love spicy with lime juice so will have to try this,


  11. #
    Sandra — February 7, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    This one is going to become a habit and I don’t give a hoot how many calories ate in it.


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    Brandi @ new 30 something — February 7, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    This marinade looks just like a restaurant in Texas that has the BEST fajitas ever. Lupe Tortilla. If you ever come to Texas you should try it. Skip the Pappas chains


  13. #
    Alyssa — February 7, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Looks awesome! And yes, I totally agree. Reality TV shows like real housewives and books like 50 Shades of Grey are the devil. They make us think that life is all full of perfection, when in reality its not. And boy oh boy, is marriage a trip! They paint that as the perfect picture of perfection, but this shit is tough!! Gotta say, the annoyances are worth the love you get in return though ;-)


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    Sue Anne — February 7, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! Snickers apple salad??? I stopped there! Where’s the recipe for that? Who needs protein and leafy greens? Keep the margarita, of course.


  15. #
    Larry — February 7, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    I am so P-I-S-E-D (get the reference) that I don’t have this waiting for me to consume on my lunch break today. I literally want to jump through my computer, go back in time (because, duh, obviously this was made before I’m reading about it) and gobble that thing up while simultaneously wondering why my pants aren’t getting any looser.


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    Barb | Creative Culinary — February 7, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    I love flank steak and this combination of tastes and textures truly is about perfect. I’ve got one thawed now; only wish I had the doggone avocado! Looks great.


  17. #
    foodwithpictures — February 7, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Looks wonderful!


  18. #
    Shari Kelley — February 7, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I’m always looking for a new yummy salad and dressing recipe. This one looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.


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    dervla @ The Curator — February 8, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    Yep, i’d eat that every day. FO SHO. Also, it makes me deeply uncomfortable that I have to see Lena’s boobs on literally every minute of Girls, but that show makes me laugh like no other.


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    Sara — December 6, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    So i had some leftover flank steak to use up…AND i came across this recipe. OMG. It was sooooooo good! Even my bf, who doesn’t usually like “salads as a dinner entree” loved this. I spoofed around with the dressing since i realized i didnt have rice vinegar or chili sauce. so i used red wine vinegar, lime juice, a little oiive oil, hot sauce, sriacha and sweet chili sauce. WOWWW! This was so perfect!


  23. #
    Alyssa — May 27, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    Made this for my boyfriend. His response? “Damn this is good.”



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