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Steak and cherry arugula salad

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


An almost fancy salad for one with perfectly seared steak, juicy cherries and easy parmesan crisps.


  • 4 oz steak
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • 5 cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)


  1. Heat a medium sized nonstick pan to medium high heat. Sprinkle steak on both sides with salt and pepper, and rub with oil. 
  2. Once pan is hot, sear steak for 4-5 minutes, flipping once. Remove and let rest while you prepare rest of salad.
  3. Let pan cool down for a minute, then wipe out with a paper towel and place over medium heat. 
  4. Using the tablespoon measure, place three rounded piles of parmesan in pan. Let cook until cheese melts and flattens, about 4 minutes.
  5. Place arugula in bowl, and toss with olive oil and vinegar. Season with a little salt. 
  6. Top with sliced steak, parmesan crisps, cherries and sunflower seeds. Drizzle a little balsamic glaze if desired. 
  7. Eat immediately!


If you have leftover steak, definitely use it. This is the perfect recipe for it! Depending on how much arugula you use, you might decide you need a tiny bit more oil. Feel free to drizzle a little more until the leaves are all perfectly coated.

Keywords: cooking for one, steak salad, steak, single serve recipes, salad recipes