Steak & Caramelized Onions with Arugula and Pasta

Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I’m a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!

Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!Steak & Caramelized Onions with Arugula and Pasta

A few of my favorite grilled meat salads are Grilled Balsamic Steak with Tomatoes and Arugula, Blackened Chicken Fiesta Salad, and Cheeseburger Salad.

This was made with lean sirloin, cooked on a grill pan, outdoor grill, or in a large skillet. The gluten-free quinoa pasta was from Tru Roots, it cooks al dente and tastes just like regular pasta. I was very impressed! If you prefer, make this with whole wheat pasta instead.

Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!
Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!
Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!
Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!
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Steak & Caramelized Onions with Arugula and Penne

9
Freestyle Points
384
Calories
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Salad
CUISINE: American
Grilled steak, arugula and pasta salad is topped with sweet balsamic caramelized onions and fresh shaved Parmesan. I'm a sucker for a good steak salad, and this one is AWESOME!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb top sirloin
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz penne pasta, I used Tru Roots GF penne w/ quinoa, amaranth & brown rice
  • 3 oz baby arugula
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp golden balsamic
  • 1/2 oz shaved Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese

For the Caramelized onions:

  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp golden balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Season steak with salt and pepper to taste.
  • For the caramelized onions: cut onions in half and thinly slice short end.  Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a nonstick skillet and add the onions. Add salt, paprika, and balsamic vinegar and cook on medium-low to low heat until onions are tender, transparent, and slightly brown, about 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in a large work bowl and let cool.
  • While the pasta is cooling, heat a grill pan over high heat and spray with cooking spray or preheat the broiler to high.
  • Cook the steaks about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium rare, or longer to your desired likeness (until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium, or 165°F for well done.)
  • Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice into thin strips.
  • Add the arugula, 4 teaspoons olive oil, 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic, salt and pepper to the bowl with the pasta and toss.
  • Add the caramelized onions, toss well and divide between four plates, about 1 1/2 cups each. Top each with 3 oz steak and shaved Parmesan. Eat right away.

Nutrition

Serving: 1-1/2 cups salad, 3 oz steak, Calories: 384kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.5g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 588mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g
Freestyle Points: 9
Points +: 9