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Steak with Cucumber and Radish Salsa

Steak with Cucumber and Radish Salsa

This recipe is summer, through and through. Forget that it’s still technically spring (in my eyes, the second it jumps above 80 degrees it is summer, no question), this meal is as refreshing as it is easy to prepare.

Steak with Cucumber and Radish Salsa

Everything about this dish is refreshing: the cilantro, the cool cucumber, the bright spice of the radish. I think the salsa could be spiced up a bit, maybe adding a dash of cumin or a finely minced jalepeño for an extra kick.

This meal includes more CSA goodies: the radishes, cilantro, and the thyme (used in the mashed potatoes), oh, and the potatoes! It’s only been one week into our CSA and already I can sense this is going to be a summer of amazing food. And I have never been happier.

I’m slowly realizing that where the food comes from is far more important than how much it costs. When food has a story, a story that you can personally connect to, be it through the city in which you live or the businesses you frequent, that food is so much more fulfilling than the generic, over processed, grocery store equivalent. The food from this CSA, the food from our container garden, the local meat and dairy we’ve discovered… this is food we can appreciate. Enjoy for what it is and where it came from. This is food with heart. And heart has an incredible flavor.

It’s a revelation, really. The realization that good food is worth the extra time, effort, and cost (though, as we’ve discovered, the cost difference is not as significant as you think). Life is too short, and I feel like I have, for too long, scrutinized, analyzed, and picked apart the grocery bill. Cut back or avoided certain recipes because of what they might cost. No more. So what if we go over budget $20, $30… good food, local food, quality food… it is an incredibly important aspect of our overall well being. You can’t put a price on that.

I think someone agrees. Steak? Did you say something about steak?

Steak with Cucumber and Radish Salsa

Makes 4 servings. Adapted from Eat.Drink.Smile.

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6 large radishes, diced or cut into matchsticks
1 large english (seedless) cucumber, chopped or cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 lb flank steak (or your favorite cut)
salt and pepper, to taste


In a medium bowl, combine radish, cucumber, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and olive oil. Toss to coat. Cover and chill up to 2 hours. Season with salt to taste.

Season steak with salt and pepper. Grill or pan sear to desired doneness. Slice thinly, top with salsa, and serve.

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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you believe about the worth of local food. And I’m going to make this salsa this week — with the extra jalapeño kick you suggested. Yum!

  2. The cat photo is too cute. Ours shows up anytime we cook fish :)

  3. This seems like the perfect way to enjoy steak when the weather gets hot. My boyfriend is making a roast for dinner tonight…we have a cucumber…if only we had radishes!

  4. This looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had radishes, but my grandmother grows them in her garden so I’ve been looking for a dish to try them in. I think I just found it!

    I’m not sure if that’s a tablecloth or just a swatch of fabric but that floral print is GORGEOUS!

  5. I love your revelation. I agree. If there’s one thing I’m not going to skimp on, it’s good food. I’d much rather cut the costs in other areas of my life. But food – no way.

    This steak and mashed potatoes looks excellent. It puts such a nice summer twist on the dish.

  6. We had the joy of a CSA a couple years ago; it was incredible! We had the most delicate and crispy lettuces, and those summer stone fruits? Whew! The random greens they throw in are so much fun! It also resulted in the first time I made okra…that’s an epic story in of itself!

  7. I agree with everything you’re saying – especially the part about it being summer already! It’s been summer here in FL for months. I do wish we had more access to locally grown produce and meats – you’re lucky to have that! This looks great, I’ve never used raw radishes before and I want to give it a try. xxSAS

  8. Looks fresh and delicious, and the cat photo is hilarious!

  9. I looove the photo of the cat! I have, over time, dug myself more deeply into the world of “knowing where your food comes from” and I swear it gets better every day. My meat and dairy bill has definitely increased, but I was surprised to find that the produce I receive in my CSA and supplement a bit at the farmers market has been significantly less expensive than its supermarket counterparts. Just another perk!

  10. This sounds so summery and delicious! Add cilantro to just about anything and I am in!

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