Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

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This southwestern BBQ steak salad is loaded with thinly-sliced steak (made on the grill or stovetop), roasted corn, black beans, smoked gouda, jicama, and more. Topped with an easy BBQ ranch dressing, this meal salad recipe is flavorful and filling.

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

It has been entirely too long since I shared a salad recipe with you, especially since big salads are a summertime meal staple in my house. They’re relatively quick to throw together, usually on the healthier side of the spectrum as far as main dishes go, and are an excellent vehicle for using up leftover fridge odds and ends. All good things!

One thing though that can throw a big wrench into your salad plans is realizing that the lettuce you planned to use as the base of your salad has unfortunately turned less than fresh in the fridge. What a bummer, right?

Well, not anymore, thanks to Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ produce containers. They come in three different sizes for optimal storage of the most commonly purchased produce, and their patented FreshVent™ technology keeps produce fresh longer.

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

So how does FreshVent™ technology work? The patented membrane allows excess CO2 to escape to delay spoilage and allows additional O2 in to maintain an optimal environment for fresh produce. These containers also feature a Crisp Tray™ in the bottom that elevates your produce above moisture, which also helps your produce stay fresh for longer.

Plus, the containers, lids, and trays are all dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. Food storage VIPs!

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

The large FreshWorks™ container fits 17.3 cups, or about the size of one head of lettuce. I placed my lettuce (pre-cut) in the container on top of the Crisp Tray™ and put it in the fridge, curious to see how long it would last. As a household of two, we don’t necessarily plow through produce, so I’ve been burned before by wilted lettuce that has gotten way past its prime before I had a chance to use it all up.

Days and days later, I’m so impressed! We’ve eaten main dish salads and numerous side salads and the lettuce that remains is still so crisp like the day I bought it. If you’re anything like me you feel a pang of guilt inside when you notice your produce has spoiled before getting the chance to eat it, and these FreshWorks™ containers are GAME CHANGERS.

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

So, to celebrate extra freshness and less waste on the produce front, I made a hearty Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad. This salad definitely has heft, from the steak to the many toppings to the impossibly easy dressing. Of course you can mix and match toppings as you see fit, but the ingredients listed in the recipe card below yielded one mighty fine main dish salad!

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

Besides the more traditional salad ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, and onion, here we have black beans, roasted (!) corn, smoked gouda, jicama, and thinly-sliced steak. Roasting the corn in a skillet with a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper gives it a deeper flavor that works wonderfully with the other strong flavors going on here, like smoked gouda.

If you’re not familiar with jicama, it’s a super crunchy root vegetable that can be eaten raw with a texture not unlike a crisp apple. Years ago I first encountered jicama in a salad and loved the crunchy burst it gave, so it’s been a go-to addition to my salads if I’m looking to switch things up since. To find jicama in your store, check near the potatoes, turnips, or other root vegetables.

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

You can find more Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ recipe inspiration here, and learn a little more about how it works, too. When you head to Kroger, look for the small (for blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries), medium (for strawberries, mushrooms, or brussels sprouts), and large (for lettuce or grapes) FreshWorks™ produce containers in the food storage aisle.

Southwestern BBQ Steak Salad

And who doesn’t love a coupon? Click here for a coupon for $2 off one FreshWorks™ container (offer valid while supplies last).

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