I am always looking for a great new idea for a quick weeknight protein – and this one is a winner! I used an inexpensive cut of meat and dusted it with a combination of smoky paprika, garlic, and onion powder. Then, I pan-roasted the cubes of steak until they were crispy and delicious. The steak cubes are perfect in this Cobb salad or as the beginning of a weeknight dinner. They’re even great for leftovers as a perfect start to a Whole30 lunch to go.   

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Whole30 Smoky Steak Cobb Salad

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  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


This salad is filling, flavorful, and Whole30! It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, with leftovers for lunch on-the-go!


For the spice blend: 

tsp garlic powder 
tsp onion powder
tsp paprika
tsp smoked paprika 

For the steak: 

1¼ pound sirloin steak, fat trimmed 

1 tsp salt (My favorite is Redmond Real Salt)

2 Tbsp olive oil

For the salad:  

1 bunch baby greens 

1 cup cherry tomatoes 

1 can hearts of palm, sliced 

4 Jammy Eggs (click HERE for recipe) 

1 batch Marinated Red Onions and oil (click HERE for recipe) 

½ cup olives of your choice 

1 avocado, sliced 

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (click HERE for recipe) 

Whole Sisters Ranch dressing (click HERE for recipe) 


Make the spice blend: 


In a small bowl, combine all spice blend ingredients, stirring to mix well. Set aside.


Make the steak bites: 


Trim the extra fat off the sirloin.  Cut into 1” thick cubes. (To make it easier to cut, place the steak in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify it a bit.) 


In a medium bowl, combine the steak with tsp salt and toss to coat evenlyAdd ½ the spice blend (more or less depending on your taste) and toss again to coat well.  


In a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat 2 Tbsp olive oilPlace steak pieces in one layer in the pan. Cook until they begin to brown (about 2 minutes), flip, and cook for 1 minute on the other side. Remove and set aside. 


Make the platter:  

Place greens on a large platter and salt them. Then arrange the rest of the items around the platter in sections. Top with Marinated Red Onions and drizzle with the Marinated Red Onion oil.  


Serve with the Smoky Red Pepper Sauce and Whole Sisters Ranch (or your favorite compliant dressing).