This exquisite steak salad looks and sounds gourmet, yet so simple to make. Picture tender lean fillets, plump juicy blueberries, crisp pomegranate seeds and fat-free feta, all on top of a bed of field greens drizzled with a gorgeous heart healthy pomegranate-blueberry balsamic reduction sauce. Don’t worry that you might be ruining your nice steaks. This fruity reduction sauce taste amazing drizzled over the steak and equally over the greens. All you’ll need to complete this scrumptious meal is a nice glass of red wine and some toasted wheat sourdough bread. The skinny for 1 serving, 269 calories, 7 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. If you’re looking to make this meal heartier, served with one of my skinny potato recipes and grilled asparagus.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine or ¼ cup onions, chopped fine
1 large garlic cloves, minced
⅓ cup pomegranate-blueberry juice, see shopping tip
⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sugar raspberry preserves, see shopping tip
1 cup fresh blueberries
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds, see shopping tip
1 pound lean top sirloin, or filets, cut into 4 pieces, see shopping tip
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
¼ cup (1 oz) fat-free feta cheese, see shopping tip
1. Heat olive oil in a small nonstick saucepan. Add shallots or onions and cook until soft and wilted, not browned (about 2 minutes). Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add pomegranate- blueberry juice, preserves and vinegar. Increase heat to bring the sauce to a light boil, stirring occasionally. Let the sauce reduce to half the original amount (about 10 minutes). It should get thick and syrupy.
2. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Pat steaks dry and sprinkle with little salt and pepper on both sides of steaks. Broil to the desired level of doneness. For medium rare, cook about 3 minutes per side; for medium, cook about 3½ minutes per side; for medium well, about 4 minutes per side.
4. To serve-Divide greens among 4 plates. Top each with a piece of steak. Divide and sprinkle around each some blueberries and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle warm sauce all over top of steak and greens. If sauce is too thick, stir in a tablespoon or so of pomegranate-blueberry juice before drizzling. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of fat-free feta cheese.
Balsamic vinegar is made in Italy in areas around Modena and Reggio Emilia. White Trebbiano grapes are used to produce the vinegar. It has a dark, rich, color and a sweet pungent aged taste due to the lengthy aging process.
Steak is nutrient dense. It’s a complete protein, contains vitamin B12, iron, niacin and zinc. Eaten in moderation, lean beef can be part of a healthy life style.
Pomegranate-blueberry juice, such as Pom Wonderful Pom Blueberry, contain no added sugars, preservatives or colors. It’s a good source of potassium.
Blueberries are super low in calories, sodium and contain no fat. Considered to be one of the “super foods,” they’re loaded with antioxidants. In fact, blueberries contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits or vegetables.
Pomegranate seeds are rich in potassium and contain a fair amount of vitamin C.
Vinegar has been valued for it’s healing properties for thousands of years. Some feel it aids in digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Choose lean beef such as top sirloin or tenderloin. Trader Joe’s sells packages of very lean grass fed steak.
I also love the organic reduced-sugar raspberry preserves at Trader Joe’s or use your favorite.
Pom Wonderful sells delicious fresh pomegranate-blueberry juice in most supermarkets. Trader Joe’s also sells their own brand. This recipe will also taste great using just pomegranate juice. They have coupons on their site. Click here: Pom Wonderful.
Pom Wonderful also sells delicious packages of fresh pomegranate seeds…The call them, POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils. They’re super plump and juicy. Right now they have a 50 cent off coupon on their website. Click here to get it-Pom Wonderful. They’re great to sprinkle on salads, add to fruit salads, cottage cheese or yogurt.
You’ll find fat-free feta cheese in most large supermarkets and Trader Joe’s.
Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
269 calories, 7g fat, 29g protein, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 218mg sodium, 10g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
484 calories, 33g fat, 26g protein, 15g carbs, 0g fiber, 400mg sodium, 18g sugar