Steak and Tomato Salad with A.1. Vinaigrette

Steak and Tomato Salad ~ this is steak salad like you’ve never had it before, with gorgeous chunks of ripe tomatoes and a killer steak sauce dressing, there’s only one word for it ~ wow!

Steak and tomato salad combines two of summer’s greatest hits!

End of season tomatoes are THE BEST, so here’s a little inspiration for those last few weeks of summer when maybe the afternoon light has a slight slant to it, the sky is a little deeper blue, there’s a hint of a chill in the air, but you’ve still got the spirit of summer in you. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, and that would be September 22nd ~ so indulge!

While everybody else is starting to think about pumpkins and Halloween candy, the smart ones like you and me are grabbing fabulous ripe tomatoes 🙂

This gutsy salad is pretty enough for the ladies who lunch, but definitely hearty enough to please a carnivore at dinnertime. I go for roughly equal parts steak to tomatoes, and remember that the tomatoes can’t live up to their full potential without the peppery bite of the fresh basil leaves, so don’t leave them out, and don’t skimp!

I like top sirloin steak for salads, it cooks up in minutes, and is easy to slice. One pound can stretch to feed four tomato crazed salad eaters. Grill it for just about 2 minutes on each side, then let it rest while you slice up your tomatoes. No need to fire up the outdoor grill, just use a grill pan on the stove. Save any meat juices, I add them to the vinaigrette. (Leftover steak is fine here, just slice it up nice and thin.)

Are you ready for the best part?…it’s my super easy A.1. steak sauce vinaigrette.  I whisk together equal parts A1 and extra virgin olive oil and drizzle it all over the salad just before digging in. It packs a punch.

A.1. sauce is originally from Britain and it dates all the way back to 1831. I’ve always loved the exotic combination of ingredients like raisin paste, orange puree, molasses, and spices. When you whisk it together with olive oil it makes a thick rich dressing that I would suggest trying on other things as well.

Adding a bit of protein in the form of steak, chicken, or fish to a fresh salad is such a wonderful way to reset your eating habits, I try to go this route at least once a week, and there’s lots of inspiration on the blog ~

BEEF BULGOGI SALAD ~ this Korean inspired salad is topped with mouthwatering marinated skewered beef.

GRILLED CHICKEN GREEK SALAD ~ a classic Mediterranean salad made so much heartier with herb crusted grilled chicken breast.

THAI BEEF SALAD ~ the flavors of this salad really pop, and the paper thin slices of barely cooked steak are sooooo good!

NIÇOISE SALAD ~ simple canned tuna is transformed into a stunning meal.

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD ~ this might just be my favorite way to do chicken salad 🙂 the variety of texture is amazing.

GRILLED SALMON SALAD ~ even the lettuce gets grilled in this salad, and you can do it on the stove top all year long.

CHOPPED SALAD ~ this is the classic loaded chopped salad, as gorgeous as it is delicious.


4.23 from 9 votes

Steak and Tomato Salad

Steak and Tomato Salad ~ this is steak salad like you've never had it before, with gorgeous chunks of ripe tomatoes and a killer steak sauce dressing, there's only one word for it ~ wow!
Course main course salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 1/2 pounds good ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pound top sirloin steak
  • olive oil for brushing
  • fresh basil leaves
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion very thinly sliced
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste


  • 6 Tbsp A1 steak sauce
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Brush the steak lightly will olive oil and season with salt on both sides. Preheat a stove top grill pan until really hot, then grill the steak for about 2 minutes per side, or until done to your liking. The exact time will depend on the heat of your grill pan and the thickness of your steak. Let rest under foil while you prep the tomatoes.
  • Cut the tomatoes in chunks, or small wedges. If you have cherry tomatoes, cut them in half.
  • Thinly slice the steak on the bias.
  • Arrange the tomatoes, steak, onions, and herbs in one large salad bowl, or in individual bowls. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk together the vinaigrette and drizzle over the salad just before serving.

Cook's notes

  • Some fresh steamed corn scraped off the cob would be a wonderful addition.
  • If you're the type that just has to put cheese on everything, try some chunky shavings of Parm, or maybe even a few little balls of fresh mozzarella.
  • If I'm in the mood I love to top this steak and tomato salad with FRIED ONION STRINGS.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Sharon toni
    August 18, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Hi sue,
    What is A1 steak sauce? What could be used instead. Not heard of that in uk.
    Many thanks

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      August 18, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      A1 is a steak sauce sold here in the US, Canada, and the UK. It’s sort of a complicated sauce with a tomato and vinegar base. I actually have a diy version here. I can’t think of a substitute offhand, maybe a reader will chime in on that.

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 2, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    Such a gorgeous salad, this is a must make while tomatoes are still in season!

  • Reply
    Inzamam ul haq
    August 30, 2017 at 4:26 am

    5 stars
    This was a great dish. I used a more red bill pepper, which is just what I had on hand, but the whole family enjoyed it. It is definitely worth trying, and I will be making it again.The taste and recipe method is amazing.

  • Reply
    Vicki Bensinger
    August 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I’m starving right now but this salad looks wonderful. Juicy tomatoes and mouthwatering steak combined to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Beautiful!

  • Reply
    August 28, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I like to use A1 when in a restaurant, but never think about it for home use. I’m intrigued by the dressing of A1 and EVOO. We love heirloom tomatoes and steak at our house, so this will be showing up on our table for a relatively simple weeknight dinner soon. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      August 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Enjoy Cali!

  • Reply
    Gloria Roa Baker
    August 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    this looks absolutely beautiful! Im following you!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thanks so much Gloria!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

    So lovely, Sue! My husband is a big fan of steak salads and an A1 lover! It’s like it’s made just for him 🙂 Will be surprising him with this one.

  • Reply
    August 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing:)

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