Flank steak with herbed salsa.

Friends are the most wonderful gift of life. I am a very fortunate person to have  very long-lasting friendships, that after so many years we have become family to each rather than friends.

I am also very happy when my friends come to spend time with us. You know your friends love you when they come to Phoenix in the scorching heat of August. After all it is a dry 110 degree day…

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To me it also mean that I get to have more fun in the kitchen preparing new meals. Yes, I do use my friends as guinea pigs.

This week-end a very dear friend of mine is here visiting from Northern California. Love it!!! not only we get to speak French all day long, but I get to prepare new dishes for her. And I have a fun menu planned….

Champagne in hand we started dinner.

We started her visit last night with a new dish adapted from Food and Wine cookbook: flank steak with herbed salsa. Very new territory for me, as it was my first time using cilantro and raw jalapeno in my cooking. The lime juice gave it a nice uplift, the scallions were gentle to the palate and not overpowering the flavor of the tomatoes and lime lemon juice. We enjoyed a crisp green salad on the side.

The result was delicious, but I am going to let you be the judge of that.

To end the evening dinner we had mangoes with rum over ice cream. A very refreshing combination and a summer must.


Flank Steak with Herbed Salsa - When Friends come and visit

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Flank steak with herbed salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tomatoes 2 medium, finley chopped tomatoes
  • 3 scallions 3 white only chopped scallions
  • 0.5 jalapeno 1/2 seeded and minced jalapeno
  • 3 garlic 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon juice of 1 lemon
  • lime juice of a large lime
  • 1 pound flank steak 1 one pound flank steak


  • Preheat a grill pan or light a grill.
  • Season with salt and pepper the flank steak.
  • Using a grill pan brush a shadow of oil on the bottom of it. Place the pan over high heat and when hot add the flank steak. Cook until nicely charred outside and medium rare inside. About 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the steak to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Thinly slice the steak across the grain and serve with the herbed salsa.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Giangi's Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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