Marinated Flank Steak with Lemony Arugula and Feta Salad from 'Kitchen Garden Cookbook'

Photograph: Ray Kachatorian

Jeanne Kelley's marinated and grilled flank steak with arugula salad comes from the "Spring" chapter in her new Kitchen Garden Cookbook. But with its clean flavors and almost effortless preparation, the dish lands squarely in the realm of summer cooking. Besides, arugula grows year-round in many places, and decent baby varieties are available in abundance if you can't grow any yourself. What really makes this dish stand out, however, is not the arugula—the real winner is Kelley's exotic, tangy sumac and lemon mixture that performs double duty as marinade and salad dressing.

Why I picked this recipe: Grilled steak is one of my favorite summer comfort foods. Adding a garden-fresh arugula and feta salad is the perfect way to turn that staple into a meal.

What worked: Peppery arugula is a fine match for the rich steak and salty feta, and the bright sumac-lemon marinade-dressing hybrid lifts the dish to a higher dimension.

What didn't: Not a single problem.

Suggested tweaks: You could substitute tender dandelion greens or lacinato kale should you want to switch things up, salad-wise. You can, of course, also grill a different steak (or even bone-in, skin-on chicken) if you feel so inclined. You'll need to adjust the cooking time.

Reprinted with permission from Kitchen Garden Cookbook: Celebrating the homegrown and homemade by Jeanne Kelley. Copyright 2013. Published by Weldon Owen. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground sumac

  • 1 pound (450gflank steak

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 cups (2 ounces; 60g) arugula leaves

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces; 60g) crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and sumac. Place the steak on a plate. Spoon half of the dressing over both sides of the steak, then sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes (or cover and refrigerate overnight).

  2. Prepare a medium fire for direct-heat cooking in a charcoal or gas grill. Arrange the steak on the grill rack directly over the fire and grill, turning once, until seared on both sides and medium-rare inside, about 8 minutes.

  3. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes. In a bowl, combine the arugula, green onion, parsley, and feta and drizzle the remaining dressing over the top. Season with salt and pepper and toss together well. Slice the steak, arrange the slices on a platter, top with the arugula salad, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
18g Fat
4g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 443mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)