Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

This Grilled Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde is flavorful and easy to make! Grilling this inexpensive cut of meat makes it tender and delicious. Top it with the savory salsa verde and you have an easy dinner win! Serve with a side like this Avocado and Corn Salsa.

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This flavorful dinner made with inexpensive skirt steak cooked on the grill and doused in a bright Italian Salsa Verde sauce comes from the Feast by Firelight cookbook, written by the awesome Emma Frisch who also owns Firelight Camp Ground, a glamping location in Ithaca, NY that you may remember I visited for a second time in June! I love it there so much. This time around we brought JAX and had so much fun. I personally got to try this dish by the campfire and loved it so much, I asked if I could share it with all of you!

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Also I’m so excited, they’ve offered my readers 10% off your stay with code LEXISCLEANKITCHEN for your Firelight glamping reservations. I can’t recommend it enough. So if it’s close enough to you, head there with family or friends! You’ll have the best time. Code expires 12/31/19.

Italian Salsa Verde

What is Salsa Verde?

Salsa Verde can mean many things to different people, but generally speaking it refers to a sauce made from raw ingredients like green herbs. Depending on the region its coming will dictate what ingredients are used. For this recipe, the ingredients used such as anchovy and capers make it more of an Italian style green sauce. This sauce is the perfect complement to nearly any dish, or could even be used as a dip with crudite.

What are the ingredients needed to make it?

Aside from the skirt steak, you need these ingredients to make the sauce:

  • Garlic
  • Anchovies
  • Capers 
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Parsley 
  • Olive Oil

Italian salsa verde recipeHow to Grill the Perfect Skirt Steak

Check out these tips from Emma Frisch on how to cook the perfect steak:

  • Light the grill to  high heat and position the grill grate as close as possible to the coals or pile the coals high under the grate to maximize the steak’s proximity to the fire.
  • Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel to eliminate moisture on the surface and ensure a crispy crust.
  • Season appropriately: Dry brine it the night before and sprinkle with pepper right before grilling.
  • Place the steaks over the hottest part of the fire. Look for an evenly caramelized and browned outer crust to check doneness. Slight char is okay but don’t let the crust burn!
  • Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak. The ideal temperature for a skirt steak is between 125° and 130°F for medium-rare to medium. (Check the guide below for other temperatures)

What temperature to cook a steak to

  • If you like rare steak, stop cooking at 125°F.
  • If you like medium-rare steak, stop cooking at about 130°F.
  • If you like medium steak, stop cooking at 140°F.
  • If you like a well-done steak stop cooking at 150ºF-155ºF.

What does cutting agains the grain mean?

If you look closely you can see that the muscle of the steak generally goes in one direction. In a skirt steak it is really easy to see because it’s a tougher cut of meat with more defined muscle fibers. It’s important to cut the grilled steak in the correct direction. By cutting against the grain, you are making the muscle fibers short, therefor resulting in a tender piece of meat.

To cut against the grain: cut the steak in the opposite direction of the muscle fibers. If the grain goes from right to left, cut  from the top to the bottom. If possible, cut at a diagonal.

Serve this Flank Steak with:

Skirt Steak with Italian Salsa Verde

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:12 Total Time 00:22 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skirt steak (see Note) 
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled 
  • One 2-ounce can anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry 
  • 2 tablespoons capers 
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon 
  • Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. To prepare steaks: Dry-brine the steaks by rubbing the salt evenly over the surface. Transfer to a ziplock bag and then chill for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. 
  2. To prepare the salsa verde: In a food processor, combine the garlic, anchovies, and capers and pulse until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl; add the vinegar, mustard, and parsley; and whiz while slowly drizzling in the 1⁄3 cup olive oil until smooth and bright green. Transfer the mixture to a lidded 8-ounce jar. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the top to create a film that will preserve the lovely bright green. Seal the jar tightly. Sauce can be made and chilled for up to 1 week. Remove the salsa verde from the cooler and let stand at ambient temperature for up to 2 hours before serving. 
  3. To Cook Steak: Heat the grill to high heat and grill steaks over the hottest part of the fire, flipping the steak every few minutes for even cooking; the cooking time will vary depending on thickness, about 10 minutes. Look for an evenly caramelized and browned outer crust to check doneness. Slight char is okay but don’t let the crust burn! Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak is between 125° and 130°F for medium-rare to medium (see chart in article for alternative temperature).
  4. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes so the juices can redistribute. Slice the steak against the grain into 1⁄2-inch slices. 
  5. Serve directly from the cutting board with salsa verde for topping the steak.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you steak is excessively fatty you can trim some of it to prevent flare-ups when the fat drips onto the coals. Skirt steak isn’t very fatty, but still, leave any fat on for flavor and just be prepared for flare-ups.
  2. Store leftovers in an airtight container, chilled, for up to 3 days. 
  3. Reprinted with permission from Feast by Firelight cookbook, written by Emma Frisch.
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40 Must-Make Summer Recipes

In the Summer I join a CSA through a local farm, and am always looking for healthy and creative ways to use all of the Summer produce I pick up!

Here are 40 paleo-friendly, creative, and delicious recipes to make with all of this colorful Summer produce!

40 MUST MAKE SUMMER RECIPES | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Appetizers

Chicken Wings in Mango Chili Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Paleo-friendly, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)

Classic Lobster Bisque from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Egg-free, Gluten-free, nut-free, no added sugar)

Spring Rolls with Mango Ginger Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, Grain-free, dairy-free, vegan option, nut-free)

Crudite Platter with Tzatziki Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free option, vegan option)

Coconut Curry Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant)

Mussels with Creamy Dijon Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free)

Melon Salad with Prosciutto from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, omit the cheese to make this paleo-friendly)

Grilled Caesar with Blackened Shrimp from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Honey Harissa Roasted Eggplant from Gourmande in the Kitchen (paleo-friendly option, gluten-free, grain-free)


Main Dishes

Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, grain-free, and egg-free)

Steak Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, Grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free)

Poke Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Meal Prep Mediterranean Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegetarian, Grain-free, dairy-free)

Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (gluten-free, nut-free)

30 Minute Thai Basil Turkey Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly)

Grilled Mango Chicken with Strawberry Mango Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Grilled Fish Bowls with Garlic Scapes and Kale from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Paleo, gluten-free, use extra-virgin olive oil and cauliflower rice to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly!)

Seared Salmon with Tomato Corn Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, 30 minutes or less)

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta from SkinnyTaste (Gluten-free, Kid-friendly, Paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese)


Desserts

Paleo Lemon Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and grain-free)

Classic Chocolate Mousse (30 Minutes or Less, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Mocha Fudge Fruit Parfait from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly)

Mixed Berry Hazelnut Crunch Cream Pops (Paleo, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free) | Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

4-Ingredient Chai Popsicles from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, vegan-friendly, Paleo-friendly)

Easy Kiwi Pops from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Blueberry Crumb Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-Free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Raspberry Peach Crumble from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

S’mores Bars from Minimalist Baker (Gluten-free, vegan)

Healthy Fudgsicles from Detoxinista (Dairy-Free, soy-free, paleo-friendly)


Drinks

Green Summer Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Superfood Summer Smoothie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free)

Strawberry Lemonade and Mint from Lexis’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Frozen Rosé Slushies from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, dairy-free)

Four Ingredient Lightened Up Piña Colada from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

2-Minute Watermelon Juice from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Basil Fig Vodka Smash from With Food and Love (no refined sugar, gluten-free)

Zingy Turmeric Ginger Lemonade with Mint from Cotter Crunch (Paleo-friendly, vegan, dairy-free)

Happy Cooking!

Lexi

30 Clean Eating Recipes To Bring to Your BBQ

BBQ season is finally here and we cannot wait to start making all of our favorite BBQ spreads! Here are 30 healthy and delicious recipes that are perfect for Summer entertaining!

30 BBQ RECIPES | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mexican Street Corn Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Vegetarian, dairy-free if you omit the cheese, gluten-free)

Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, egg-free)

Grilled Chicken Chopped Antipasto Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and nut-free)

Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Morrocan Chicken Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, grain-free, dairy-free)

Steak Salad with Cherry Salsa from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Cold Asian Noodle Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly)

Grilled Fish Bowls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

DIY Rub Grilled Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly)

Caprese Pesto Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (Gluten-free, egg-free, no added sugar)

Asian Grilled Artichokes from PaleOMG (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free,

Grilled Peach Salad from Tasty Yummies (Grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, vegan-friendly)

Yellow Watermelon Salad from With Food and Love (no sugar added, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, can substitute red watermelon for the yellow)

Lemon Parsley Grilled Zucchini from Against All Grain (Vegan-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

Blissful Triple Berry Wine Slushies from Cotter Crunch (Can substitute frozen tart cherries and 1/4 cup water for the juice! Grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free)

Grilled Melon on Cucumber Noodles from Gourmande in the Kitchen (Omit the goat cheese to make this dairy-free and paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and low-carb)

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant from Minimalist Baker (paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, 30 minutes or less)

Red, White, and Blue Potato Skewers from Fit Foodie Finds (Vegan-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

Grilled Tomatoes and Basil Zucchini from Inspiralized

Watermelon Coconut Cooler from Nom Nom Paleo (vegan-friendly, dairy-free, paleo-friendly)

Grain-free Blueberry Crisp from Detoxinista (paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and egg-free)

No Your Mama’s Coleslaw from Smitten Kitchen (Omit the optional blue cheese to make this paleo-friendly and diary-free, gluten-free, egg free, nut-free, and vegetarian)

Paleo Grilled Beef Stir Fry from Fit Foodie Finds (gluten-free, grain-free, egg free)

Killed Lettuce from Brooklyn Supper (Dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free)

Corn and Peach Salad from Sweet Peas and Saffron (Omit the gouda to make this dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free)

Fajita Chicken Kebabs from Well Plated (Grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and nut free. Substitute the canola oil for avocado oil)

Purple Power Salad from My New Roots (Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free)

Grilled Peaches and Coconut Cream from Super Healthy Kids

Watermelon Sashimi from Minimalist Baker

Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti Salad from Eating Bird Food

Happy Cooking!

Honey Grilled Bananas with Mocha Chocolate Sauce

Happy MONDAY, friends!

Let’s talk about my new favorite thing to throw on the grill:

BANANAS.

Honey Grilled Bananas

If you haven’t grilled up some bananas and then drizzled them with a homemade chocolate sauce, the time is now!


But first, my blogging girlfriends and I are here this month with some amazing summer grilling recipes to give you some fresh ideas for the rest of your Summer!

I’m all about the grill because sometimes you just don’t want to turn on the oven! Plus, getting creative on the BBQ is ALWAYS just the best.

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Let’s impress your guests and family with these grilling recipes, shall we?

PROSCIUTTO ASPARAGUS STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST FROM FIT FOODIE FINDS

Have your meat and veggies too! Make this delicious prosciutto asparagus stuffed chicken breast on the grill for a yummy, summer. 

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GRILLED BBQ SHORT RIBS FROM RUNNING TO THE KITCHEN

These grilled BBQ short ribs are covered in a smokey dry rub with an optional BBQ sauce slathered on at the end. They’re cooked low and slow on the grill for a tender meaty summer dinner and served with a fresh grilled pineapple salsa.

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GRILLED KALE SALAD WITH LEMON VINAIGRETTE FROM THE HEALTHY MAVEN

Who says you can’t grill salad too?! Try this delicious and summery recipe for Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Topped with peaches, shallots and toasted hazelnuts, you will never go back to regular old kale.

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GRILLED LEMON PEPPER SHRIMP SKEWERS FROM EATING BIRD FOOD

Zesty, light and quick to cook, these shrimp skewers are a grilling favorite. Pair them with grilled veggies or serve over a fresh salad for a crowd-pleasing summertime meal. 

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GRILLED CHOCOLATE CHERRY ALMOND CRISP FROM FOOD FAITH FITNESS

This isn’t your traditional cherry crisp! It’s easy, paleo-friendly and made on the grill! A fun, smokey-sweet dessert for summer that’s made a little healthier!

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And now, my Honey Grilled Bananas with Chocolate Mocha Sauce. 

Basically the best treat ever!

The perfect healthier Summer dessert. If you’ve never grilled bananas, you need to start with these! Lightly sweetened and topped with a flavorful chocolate sauce for the perfect grilled treat.

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Honey Grilled Bananas with Mocha Chocolate Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Bananas
  2. 2-3 tbsp raw honey
For the Chocolate Mocha Sauce
  1. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  2. 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
  3. 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  4. 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  5. 2 tbsp freshly brewed coffee
  6. Optional: 2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to medium heat
  2. Slice bananas length wise, leaving skin on
  3. Place sliced side down on the grill for 3-4 minutes
  4. Flip, brush with honey, then let grill for an additional 3-4 minutes
  5. While cooking place cocoa powder, chocolate, coconut sugar, and coconut milk in a saucepan
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and add in coffee and spices
  7. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often
  8. Drizzle over bananas and serve
Notes
  1. Would be PERFECT on top of some fresh dairy-free ice cream or over chia pudding!
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Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

Since we moved into our home in June, and now have a porch with a nice grill on it, you can bet I’ll be out there grilling as long as I can. I’ll likely get a heat lamp to extend the season, that’s for sure. I love all burgers, but especially Salmon burgers. They are packed with nutrients, and you can customize the flavors in totally different ways. Since my trip to the Muir Glen Farms I am even more into tomatoes then before, and these burgers give just a touch of that delicious flavor.

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

These burgers have just the right amount of flavor. They are bursting with scallions, jalapeños, and fresh garlic- and go fantastic with some homemade guacamole and fixins’, if you ask me!

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes. I was compensated  for the time spent developing this recipe. All opinions expressed on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen are always my own. My sponsors help make this blog possible!

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:18 Yields 4

Ingredients

Toppings of choice

  • Homemade guacamole
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Scallions

Directions

Recipe Notes

  1. *Cooking time will vary based on thickness of burgers
  2. The addition of sun dried tomatoes in these burgers would be fantastic
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Classic Burger Seasoning

Burger night has been taking place often around here. It’s an easy go-to meal for the summer, for sure! I like getting creative with toppings and different bun alternatives. Lettuce leaves as a bun, sweet potato buns, or grilled portobello mushroom caps (along with the obvious bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, smashed avocado toppings). Deeee-lish.

I used to use a hamburger seasoning that I loved. When we finally moved and bought our grill, I checked out that old handy seasoning only to find the ingredients weren’t working for me anymore. Instead of listing ingredients, the end of the list said ‘and other natural flavor.’ I’d rather know exactly what’s in the spice mix I’m eating, personally.

Classic Burger Seasoning

Just the right amount of flavor!

Classic Burger Seasoning

 

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Classic Burger Seasoning
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  2. 1 tbsp paprika
  3. 1 tbsp minced dried onion
  4. 1 tsp fine Himalyan sea salt
  5. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp dry mustard
  8. 1/2 tsp oregano
  9. 1/2 tsp coarse Himalayan sea salt
Optional
  1. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  2. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine ingredients in a jar
  2. 2. When preparing burger, place 1-2 tsp (depending on size of your burger) in the center and mix seasoning into the meat
  3. 3. Cook, garnish, and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Store in air-tight container with your other spices
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