May 10, 2011

Grilled Flank Steak With Tomatoes, Red Onion and Balsamic



Flank steak grilled to perfection, sliced and topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, red onion, balsamic and oil. Fresh and light, perfect for the warmer weather.

I just love Spring, the weather is getting warmer, the days are longer and my grill is my new best friend. If you don't have an outdoor grill, you can use your broiler or even purchase an indoor grill, there are lots of great inexpensive options at Amazon.

This dish is quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight meal, or great for company. Serve this with a green salad or over rice, leftover make great steak sandwiches for lunch!


Grilled Flank Steak With Tomatoes, Red Onion and Balsamic
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6-8* • Serving Size: 3 oz steak, 1/2 cup salad • Old Points: 4 pt • Points+: 4 pt
Calories: 167.5 • Fat: 8.3 g • Protein: 18 g • Carb: 4.7 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: .5 g
Sodium without adding salt: 70.6 mg  



  • 2 lb flank steak, fat trimmed
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3-4 tomatoes, chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs such as oregano, basil or parsley

Pierce steak all over with a fork. Season generously with salt, pepper and garlic powder and set aside about 10 minutes at room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine onions, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Let onions sit a few minutes with the salt and balsamic to mellow a bit. Combine with tomatoes and fresh herbs and adjust seasoning if needed.


Heat grill or broiler on high heat. Cook steak about 7 minutes on each side for medium rare or longer to taste. Remove from grill and let it rest on a plate for about 5 minutes before slicing.


Slice steak think on the diagonal; top with tomatoes and serve.


A 3-ounce serving of beef is the serving size recommended for a healthy diet. Nutritional info is based on 8 servings, I always like to make extra and be prepared for people with larger appetites.

61 comments :

  1. This looks amazing.. and you post it right at lunch time.. making me super hungry!

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  2. Yum. You're making me excited for fresh tomato season! I bet the veggies offset the meat perfectly and add a nice burst of freshess. (Not to mention help make your portion size larger without adding many calories/pts.)

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  3. Sorry Tiff!!

    Kelly, yes, they really give it a summer feel!

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  4. Do you have that Sanyo indoor grill you posted? Do you like it?

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  5. I don't but I read all the reviews (I love amazon for their reviews) and I think I might buy it for rainy days and colder weather.

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  6. I don't eat lots of red meat, but I will be making this for dinner!

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  7. jen lepley-callan5/10/11, 2:43 PM

    Since I moved into an apartment, I've not grilled out at all!! I just read the reviews and ordered the grill just for this recipe!! Yay!!

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  8. Hi gina, this looks great! I've always been confused with measuring stuff- how much is 3 oz. of meat?

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  9. This is also a great recipe for Salmon and Seabass, Yes I was surprised too....but it just looked so yummy that i had to.....and all i had was a salmon and a seabass piece...
    thanks Gina!!!
    3 oz are 84 grams
    1 oz= 28 grams

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  10. Hannah I usually weigh it, I think they say it's a deck of cards if I'm not mistaken.

    To the person who made this on fish, I bet it was great! I also love this over veal or chicken.

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  11. Hi Gina! I saw this today and made it tonight since I hadn't made a dinner plans yet. My husband LOVED it, as did I! What a fresh, flavorful, delicious way to eat a steak!
    As a side dish I cut up some fresh asparagus, steamed it for a few minutes, and then sauteed it with a slice of chopped up prosciutto. YUM!

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  12. Love the sound of your side dish! Isn't this a great way to eat steak!

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  13. Possible to replace the recipe with pork or chicken? I am kinda allergic to beef.. it gives me the rash..

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  14. Sure this would be great over chicken or pork. I would hate to be allergic to beef!

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  15. Gina - this recipe was DELISH! I forwarded it to my husband & he whipped it up for dinner last night. We ate our steak over salad - so good! :) Thanks!

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  16. Glad u liked!!! Can't beat a meal that's ready in 20 minutes!

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  17. Yumm! This was so easy and very tasty. I served mine over lettuce. Is there a difference between flank steak and skirt steak? I hadn't used either and the store didn't have anything that said flank. It still turned out great though!

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  18. Gina, this was AMAZING! I've made flank steak the way my mom made it for years - with a melted blue cheese sauce. This is a MUCH healthier alternative!

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  19. Beth, melted blue cheese sauce I bet is delicious!

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  20. it's look delicious. great post..

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  21. I just made this with mashed potatoes and asparagus..........the steak was FABULOUS!!! I can't wait to try this with chicken.

    Whew, this was good!!

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  22. Thanks Jenn

    KayVeeBee - So happy you enjoyed it!

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  23. Marg Baird,5/15/11, 2:18 PM

    This was wonderful I just used sauteed garlic and grilled the red onions. Hate the taste of garlic and onion powders.

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  24. Wow, beautiful and delicious! thanks so much.

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  25. I made this for my fiance for dinner. He licked the plate. So glad I found this website

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  26. Made this the other night. The smell coming off of my grill was heavenly.

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  27. I made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! I definitely recommend this recipe!

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  28. This is the greatest thing to happen to quick delicious food since buffalo chicken dip!

    The first time I made this, I cheated with canned diced tomatoes and white onion, since it was all I had on hand. Took it to a dinner party and everyone loved it. On the menu tonight w/ real tomatoes and a high-end balsamic. Even easy enough for my husband to make!

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  29. Ridiculously easy, isn't it! And so yummy, glad you thought so too.

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  30. I made this tonight for my parents, and it was AMAZING!!! So flavorful and fresh, not to mention really easy to make!! Thank you Gina!!!

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  31. We liked the tomato topping so much, we make it separately as bruschetta. It is AMAZING!!!!

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  32. The topping is great on chicken too!

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  33. I'm trying this tonight. I made the topping and stuck in the fridge for later. I'm serving with a brown and wild rice side from Trader Joes's and a spinach salad with toasted almonds and blue cheese. I can't wait!! I'll let you know how it comes out!!

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  34. I made it last night. Everybody loved it!! This recipe is a keeper! Delicious!!

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  35. This was just fabulous! The only thing I changed was to marinate the flank steak (because I prefer a more tender cut of meat). Loved the flavors!

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  36. OMG I made this last night...it was super quick to make and well I used a can of Rotel with cilantro and lime and combined with the balsamic and onions it was soooo amazing!!! I had a little left overs of the onion mix and used it on some salmon today seasoning the same way as the meat...it was perfection too...I never knew how to use the bottle of balsamic I have had for like months now...Well I think it's like my new fave thing! :)

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  37. We made this tonight with cilantro as the herb and tostones as the side. It was a fantastic meal! Thanks so much, Gina.

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  38. I made this tonight with some dried oregano since I didn't have fresh and it was amazing! I served some baked asparagus with balsamic, olive oil sea salt on the side. I will def be making this again! It made the steak taste so fresh. Such a great change from steak and fries.

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  39. Such a great recipe! We absolutely love this one with cilantro rice.

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  40. Made this one and it was ridiculously easy and delicious. Many, many thanks!

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  41. Hi Gina. Been making some of your recipes for a while and EVERYTHING turns out delish. When I told my husband I was making this, he asked me to marinate the flank steak. To humor him, I did for 24 hours in 1/3 cup red wine vinegar,
    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, crushed, some fresh rosemary and thyme, kosher salt and fresh pepper. Then grilled as you suggested. It was fantastic. The next time, I think I'll use white balsamic so that the onion/tomato mixture doesn't darken. I used fresh oregano and basil.

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  42. AMAZING! My husband found this recipe when I was doing my September meal plan and we tried it tonight. It was so delicious! Thanks for yet another great recipe!

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  43. Made this tonight and my husband loved it. It was very filling. Thank you for the recipe.

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  44. This is SO delish! Starting this week my hubs and I are cooking our way through your website and this was our 1st pick! We didn't change a thing. We grilled some summer squash and zucchini to go on the side.

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  45. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a HUGE hit. So tasty!!! Thank you for your blog. It is so helpful!

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  46. I made this tonight and added shrimp to the tomatoe mixture....FABULOUS!!!

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  47. THANK YOU for this recipe!! My husband has been raving about it for two days and even shared the link with some of his steak-loving co-workers!! I picked up fresh tomatoes, onions and herbs from our farmer's market and it was like a taste of summer in every single bite. Just fantastic! Thank you again!

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  48. I made this with a flat iron steak, since I couldn't find a small flank steak, and it was delicious! Loved it, and loved how easy it was to put together! :)

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  49. Made this a week or two and it was a hit at home. We'll be making this often. :D

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  50. I would like to add that I used way more basil than the recipe called for, but it's because I love it that much.

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  51. This looks incredible! I would've thought this was a menu choice at a fancy restaurant. I'm always worried about cooking steak, but this recipe definitely seems doable.

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  52. Gina, you are simply genius! I stumbled on your site a month or so back and have been blown away by every recipe! You have re-sparked my love of cooking, and cooking light to top it off! This flank steak is among my favorites so far, couldn't wait for leftovers today which for me is completely outside the norm. Keep the amazing recipes coming!!

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  53. My husband loved this recipe and has asked for it numerous times. Thanks!

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  54. I marinated steak first, too, in a freehand marinade of red wine vinegar, cooking sherry, canola oil, shallots, garlic, parsley, sea salt & pepper. Didn't have the red onion I thought I did so used shallots there as well - was FABULOUS and made it to the menu for the 4th of July cookout :)

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  55. I finally made this for our 4th of July dinner along with a kale salad with balsamic/red onion/feta/tomatoes/pine nuts and it worked well together. I'll definitely make it again.

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  56. I don't have a barbeque so I broiled this in the oven for 5 minutes on each side in a pyrex pan. I also chilled the tomatoe and onion mixture in the fridge while the steak was cooking...it turned out delicious! thanks Gina

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  57. This recipe is great!! I have had it over beef and chicken and it has always turned out wonderful!! I love the pictures! Thanks for the great ideas!

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