5 Star, Skinny Steak Salad with Dreamy Pomegranate-Balsamic Reduction Sauce

steak with bluberries
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 cheese all on top of a bed of field greens drizzled with a gorgeous pomegranate-blueberry balsamic reduction sauce. Don’t worry that you might be ruining your nice steaks. This fruity reduction sauce tastes amazing drizzled over the steak and equally over the greens. This beautiful dinner is complete. If desired, serve with a glass of red wine and toasted wheat sourdough bread. Each serving has 271 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 5 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints 6 Green.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients

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 tips

⅓ cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons reduced-sugar raspberry preserves, see shopping tips

4 cups field greens or spring mix

1 cup fresh blueberries

¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds or chopped fresh strawberries, see shopping tips

1 pound lean top sirloin, or filets, cut into 4 pieces, see shopping tips

½ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

¼ cup (1 oz) fat-free feta cheese, see shopping tips


Instructions

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.

3. To serve-Divide greens among 4 plates.  Top each with a piece of steak.  Divide and sprinkle around each some blueberries and pomegranate seeds or strawberries.  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 fat-free feta cheese.

Serves 4 (each serving, 4 ounces steak)


Food Facts

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.


Healthy Benefits

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 lifestyle.

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 its healing properties for thousands of years. Some feel it aids in digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.


Shopping Tips

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 its own brand.  This recipe will also taste great using just pomegranate juice. They have coupons on their site. Click here: Pom Wonderful.

If you can’t find pomegranate seeds, use chopped fresh strawberries, instead.

You’ll find fat-free feta cheese in most large supermarkets and Trader Joe’s.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints-
5 Blue
WW SmartPoints 6-Green
WW POINTS PLUS
 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (4 ounces steak)
271 calories, 6g fat, 2g sat. fat, 50mg chol, 28g protein, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 231mg sodium, 13g sugar
FACTS: for 1 serving
226calories, 2 sat. fat, 27g protein, 7g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
216 calories, 2g sat. fat, 27g protein, 7g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!