Monday, July 06, 2009

Strawberry Cilantro Salsa, on Grilled Flank Steak

We wanted to do another entry for Weekend Wokking because our first entry we made, cilantro horchata, was very simple to do. But, as mentioned before, our dipping level of energy prevented us from thinking about, let alone executing, an elaborate dish.

So we thought of something so simple, one doesn't even need a recipe.

I've been seeing strawberries popping up around here and even scored some local strawberries at Richmond Country Farms Market. In terms of fruit-herb pairings, strawberries are most often paired with sweet basil, but we thought why not switch up and pair them with cilantro instead.

We both agreed that beef tasted particularly swell with cilantro. (To wit, Mama's Dancing Cilantro Beef. Which reminds me, it has been quite a while since we've made that: it is due.)

Hence, this dish was born. Again, it is a very easy dish, perfect for days when we atone for our "hard-relaxing" (DVDs till dawn) lifestyle.

Grilled Flank Steak

I did a quick-marinate of a couple of flank steaks 30 minutes prior to grilling, rubbing it vigorously with cumin, salt, and black pepper.

The steaks were put on the grill and it really was as simple as that. After a brief rest, TS proceeded to slice them.

Strawberry Cilantro Salsa

This was simply a matter of mixing together diced strawberries, a whackload of cilantro, a couple of green onions, a jalapeño pepper, salt, pepper, a touch of sugar, and the zest and juice of a couple of limes.

All we needed to do was introduce the two to each other, and our work was done.

Flank, meet Strawberry Cilantro.
Strawberry Cilantro, meet Flank.

Awww, we knew the two of you would get together in the end.

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eatingclub vancouver Weekend Wokking posts:
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Pumpkin Congee w/ Pumpkin "Beignets" & Sesame-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese w/ Pipián Verde
Adobo Mushroom Tart
Duck and Orange Crêpes with Orange-White Wine Sauce
Almond Eggplant "Bisteeya" (Bastilla)
"Mashed Potato Beef Burger" (Red-skinned Potato Salad in Taiwanese Sacha Cheeseburger)
Korean Soybean Sprouts Pancake (Kongnamul Jeon)
Lemon Chamomile Tiramisu
Cilantro Horchata
Strawberry Cilantro Salsa, on Grilled Flank Steak
Duck Enchiladas with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Clear Oxtail Soup with Corn, Cabbage and Potatoes
Beijing Pickled Cabbage
Salsa Romesco ("Queen of the Catalan Sauces!")
Aguadito de Pollo (Peruvian Chicken Soup)
Bangus Belly à la Bistek (Milkfish Belly with Onions, Calamansi and Soy Sauce)
White Pork with Garlic Sauce, Two Ways (蒜泥白肉)
Mr. Zheng's Soupy Tomatoes and Eggs with Tofu (蕃茄雞蛋跟豆腐)
Steamed Fish and Tofu with Chinese Black Beans
Spinach and Cheese with Puff Pastry, Three Ways

We're submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks celebrating the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient.

The host this month is Darlene of Blazing Hot Wok.

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Quickie Turkey Tortilla Soup
Tacos of Carnitas with Pineapple, with Roasted Salsa and Sweet Potato
Shrimp a la Mexicana (Camarones a la Plancha)
Enchiladas Verdes
Cilantro Horchata
Strawberry Cilantro Salsa, on Grilled Flank Steak
Mexican Ancho Guajillo Chicken
Chipotle Ground Turkey on Flour Tortilla
Tacos... again (July 2009)
Tacos al Pastor with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
Tacos with Beer-braised Carnitas Filling
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Duck Enchiladas with Chipotle Peanut Salsa
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  1. I love that expression hard relaxing. So great. And, I love strawberry in savory ways--just made strawberry marinara not too long ago. I am not sure about it with cilantro, but now I will have to give it a try.

  2. very, very seasonal and fresh! love this. Cilantro is one of my fave herbs and i think it goes so well with sweet stuff. great mix here.

  3. maybelles mom:
    Haha, yeah, sometimes you have hard-relaxing, sometimes soft-relaxing. Oh, strawberry marinara, eh?

    we are never full:
    Thanks! We were thinking more "Mexican" this time around, but I've been wanting to do a strawberry-balsamic something...

  4. Wow, that's pretty. Who needs a bouquet when you can have a plate of that?

  5. this is a very novel idea to me! What flowers are those?

  6. Jessica@FoodMayhem:
    Thanks! Those bolting cilantro plants had to be useful for *something*!

    They are cilantro flowers. =)

  7. Hee, I already know Filipinos can get suspicious of herbs in food-- most would probably flip at the idea of flowers in it! But I'm totally game for this one! :)

  8. Marriage made in heaven.
    I love strawberry salsa, and I'm all about this recipe. Yum.

  9. Manggy:
    Haha... I guess something along the lines of: "But they're so pretty. How can they be edible?"


  10. What a great idea! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting such a simple, yet delicious recipe!


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