Bloody Mary Steak Salad Cups

July 19, 2017

These Bloody Mary Steak Salad Cups have all the flavors of a classic Bloody Mary cocktail wrapped up in a convenient salad cup that’s perfect for lunch!

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I love a good cocktail every now and then. Although, I have to admit that I’ve never tried a Bloody Mary.  The savory combination of ingredients just never really appealed to me.  I’ve seen these classic cocktails made in a ton of crazy creative ways recently. From stacks of sliders, to lobster tails, and bacon – it definitely seems like an interesting way to have your brunch and eat it, too!  I don’t know about you, but I would rather have my meal served to me on a plate!  Not topped on a cocktail glass!

So that’s exactly what I did!  The classic combination of Bloody Mary flavors comes together in this recipe featured in the Food 52: Mighty Salads cookbook.  I made the Bloody Mary Steak Salad recipe recently for lunch.  It was easy to put together and definitely packs an interesting punch of flavors!

The steak gets grilled first and marinaded later.  It’s an interesting technique that still allows the steak to soak in the flavors of the other ingredients.  Tomatoes, celery, onion, pickled jalapeño (canned from our garden), and briny green olives make up the rest of the salad.  The salad gets topped with crumbled blue cheese and fresh parsley before serving.  I took this salad to a new level by serving it as my new favorite thing – a lettuce cup!

Bloody Mary Steak Salad Cups


  • 1-1 1/2 pounds skirt or hanger steak
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped into half moons
  • 1/4 green olives in brine, chopped + 2 tbsp. brine
  • 2 pickled jalapeños, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Whole Boston lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried


  1. Heat a grill pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Sear or grill the unseasoned steak until it's browned well on both sides with grill marks, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  3. Place the steak on a plate to rest and begin preparing the other ingredients.
  4. Combine the rice and balsamic vinegars, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce in a large bowl.
  5. Next, add the red onion, celery, jalapeños, olives with brine, and tomatoes. Toss to combine.
  6. Slice the meat, across the grain, into thin strips and add to the salad.
  7. Toss again, cover, and marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Serve salad with Boston lettuce leaves to make lettuce cups or eat salad on its own.
  9. Top with blue cheese and fresh parsley. Season with black pepper.
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Even though I don’t know exactly what a Bloody Mary tastes like, this recipe was delicious (and even better the next day)! I might actually want to try the cocktail form now! But maybe sans the over-the-top sliders, lobster tails, or any other food item (aside from a celery stick) stuck into it!  I’ll have that on a plate, thanks!


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  • Reply Doria July 20, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    This looks so delicious and pretty! I’m going to have to try these this weekend when my sister comes to visit 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 20, 2017 at 6:20 PM

      Thanks so much! I hope everyone enjoys this dish! I definitely suggest making the salad ahead of time so the steak and veggies can soak up all of that juice overnight. So good!

  • Reply kissmytulle July 20, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Alright. Now I need to make this for lunch. YUM!

    • Reply Jessica July 20, 2017 at 6:17 PM

      Make it for lunch tomorrow. Trust me. It’s better when the salad sits a day!

  • Reply Stephanie Louise (@StephLouiseATB) July 20, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Right up my alley!!!

  • Reply Camille Gabel July 20, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    I’ve never heard of marinating after cooking! Definitely need to make this dish. It looks amazing.

    • Reply Jessica July 21, 2017 at 7:15 AM

      It’s a new concept to me, too, but it works! Thank you! Enjoy this dish!

  • Reply geniabeme July 20, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Those look beautiful and delicious!!

  • Reply bysarahhalstead July 20, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    WOW! That looks soooo good. I need to make this soon!

    • Reply Jessica July 21, 2017 at 7:16 AM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply cosmeticsanctuary July 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    This looks so delicious! We need to try this out!

    • Reply Jessica July 21, 2017 at 7:18 AM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy this dish!

  • Reply Carrie R July 20, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    I do love me a good Bloody Mary with all of the over the top fixings, but I would certainly go for this steak salad as well! 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 21, 2017 at 7:21 AM

      After making this dish, I’m definitely interested in trying the real thing! This steak salad is definitely a nice alternative! Enjoy!

  • Reply loveforlacquer July 21, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    omg I have to make these! They look amazing

  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome July 23, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Yum!! This would make a great lunch at work! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

    • Reply Jessica July 23, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      It definitely would! Prep it the night before and enjoy it the next day! Thanks!

  • Reply turkswhoeat July 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    What a perfect Summer dish!

  • Reply Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons July 30, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Great idea for a fat free salad, thank you for bringing it to FF.

    • Reply Jessica July 30, 2017 at 6:25 PM

      Don’t you just love a good salad recipe? Thanks!

  • Reply Miz Helen August 4, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and thanks so much for sharing it with us,we have pinned your post to our Features Board. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica August 4, 2017 at 1:49 PM

      Thanks so much for pinning and for the feature! Have a great weekend!

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