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Pasta Salad with Steak

While there are quite a few ingredients in this recipe, it doesn't take too long to make - and cleanup afterward's a snap. We're the parents of a daughter, 2. -Julie DeRuwe, Oakville, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 20 min. + standing
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked small pasta shells
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 pound)
  • RUB:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • SALAD:
  • 2/3 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue or feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • Iceberg or romaine lettuce

Directions

  • Combine the first eight ingredients; set half of the dressing aside. Place pasta in a bowl; add remaining dressing. Toss to coat; cover and refrigerate.
  • Pierce steak with a fork. Combine rub ingredients; rub over steak. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Grill steak, uncovered, over medium heat for 9-10 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add cucumber, cheese, olives, onion, parsley and pimientos to pasta; mix well. Spoon onto a lettuce-lined platter. Slice steak and arrange over salad. Serve with reserved dressing.

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