Steak + Watermelon Lettuce Wraps

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Woohoo it’s Tuesday <insert your Tuesday Dance here>

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I’ve spent most of last week + the weekend + yesterday + today holed up in book-editing land {it’s a scary place, trust me} for my newest baby {you can read all about him here or pre-order him here} and I haven’t come up for air in a while– which is why store deals didn’t get done last week and I’ve been so quiet! I’m wicked sorry! But we should be back to normal!

And make sure you keep a close eye on the newsletter {which Hi – also behind on I know, but you get one this week I promise!} because I’m going to start giving you details on the pre-order bonuses and how to get them in there!

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Oh yeah — we’re also doing recipe time this evening — I figured it’s Tuesday, you’ve got the whole week to eat something fabulous – might as well be this right? Exactly! The inspiration for this recipe came from a wedding a few weeks ago — one of the appetizers was a watermelon, feta, mint bite with a balsamic drizzle. And yes – before you go there, I do stalk all the foods at weddings because you never know what you’ll find #Imthatawesome.

I know this is pictured as a wrap but I think you could either eat the watermelon salad as is {without the steak} – meaning you could make a double batch of the watermelon salad and use it as a side dish in a day or two and let this recipe play double duty for you! You could also totally mix the two together and make a “salad” out of it! I have eaten this when everything is cold {cause cold steak rocks too} and it was really good — so try this out as many different ways as you can before deciding on your favorite!

The lettuce wraps were done with Boston Bib lettuce – mainly because it’s really pretty in pictures and it was on sale. But you can use any type of lettuce that can make a “wrap” of sorts with – my normal favorite is romaine!

I feel like the biggest note on this recipe is that the fresh herb in the watermelon portion can literally be your favorite. I used cilantro because for the life of me I couldn’t find fresh mint! Here are some of my favorite options for fresh herbs for this salad:
• Mint
• Cilantro
• Parsley
• Basil

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So try whatever you have on hand out, or maybe mix and match! You could do half mint and half parsley, all of one kind, etc., etc., – and we all know what I’m really getting at is: Don’t buy special for this, use what you have and try out different things until you find your favorite flavor combo!

Steak + Watermelon Lettuce Wraps
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
Watermelon Salad
  • 2 Cups small-ish cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup fresh herb
    {I used Cilantro but Mint, Basil or Parsley would also work!}
  • ½ cup crumbled Feta {optional}
  • 2 Tbsp. high quality balsamic vinegar
  • salt + pepper
The Steak
  • Favorite fat {I used Kerry Gold Butter}
  • ½ medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1.25lbs your favorite cut of steak, cut into bite sized pieces
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt + pepper
Lettuce Wraps
{optional}
  • Your favorite lettuce leafs, washed and ready to be filled!
Instructions
Watermelon Salad
  1. Place your watermelon, fresh herb {or herbs}, feta, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Taste test and add salt + pepper and any other adjustments as needed. Mix Well and cover.
  3. Store in the fridge for at least an hour or up to 1-2 days.
Steak
  1. Get a large skillet heating with your favorite fat.
  2. When ready, add in your sliced onions and let it get all pretty in the pan {you can go for either translucent or caramelized -- totally up to you!}
  3. When your onions are almost finished cooking, add your steak and let it cook to your favorite level of done.
  4. When your steak is almost done, add in a few dashes of balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, salt + pepper. Stir it around and taste test -- adjust your seasoning if / as needed.
  5. You can at this point serve the steak and watermelon as is, mix them together or make a lettuce wrap!
Lettuce Wrap
  1. When filling your lettuce leaf, we like to have a bit more watermelon than steak so you get a really awesome mix of tangy, cold watermelon and steak in every bite!
  2. Pro Tip: The juice at the bottom of the Watermelon bowl + your steak can be drizzled over your lettuce leaf for extra awesome noms!

When serving this for dinner make sure to add some kind of side dish so it stretches a bit further! You could do some steam fresh vegetables or bust out an oldy-but-goody from POAB and do a Summer Salad or a Cauliflower Rice Gone Wild!

Enjoy!!!!!
xo
Liz-

 

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