MLA Grilled Aussie beef sirloin steak, zucchini, sweet potato and arugula salad

  • Prep time 10Min
  • Cook time 10Min
  • Technique Grill
  • Meat Beef
  • Cut Sirloin
  • Serves 4

If you’re whole30 or paleo, or just want something tasty for dinner, this one’s for you, mate!


For the steak:
1 1/3 pounds fat trimmed Australian grassfed sirloin steak
2 Tbsp olive oil

For the salad:
1 1/2 lbs. peeled and cut into 1/4" slices sweet potato
4 medium sliced lengthways into 5mm slices zucchini
1 each quartered red onion
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp, plus grated zest lemon juice

For garnish: 
5 oz. arugula leaves
1 oz. shaved parmesan cheese
1 oz. toasted pine nuts


To cook: Preheat a chargrill or barbeque to hot. Brush the beef on both sides with 2 teaspoons olive oil and cook for 4 minutes, turning once, or until cooked to your liking. Set aside to rest and cover loosely with foil.
Place the sweet potato, zucchini and onion into a large bowl and toss with 3 teaspoons olive oil. Place on the grill and cook for 1½ minutes on each side, or until tender and lightly charred.

Slice the beef thinly and place into a large mixing bowl with the grilled vegetables, lemon juice and zest and remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

To serve: Place the arugula onto a large serving platter, top with the tossed beef and grilled vegetables, parmesan cheese and pine nuts, and serve.

Chef Notes:

  • Brush each steak lightly with oil. 
  • Preheat the barbecue to hot before adding the steak. The steak should sizzle as it makes contact with the plate or grill.
  • Cook one side until the first sign of moisture appears on the upper side, turn and cook the other side. Turn once only for rare and medium. 
  • Test for doneness with tongs. Rare is soft when pressed, medium is springy but still soft and well done is very firm. Remove steak and cover loosely, rest in a warm place for a few minutes before serving. 
  • Pesto steak sandwich: Mix some fresh basil pesto into whole egg mayonnaise and smear onto 4 sourdough rolls. Top with the unsliced beef, grilled zucchini and arugula. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


For Keto:

  • Replace sweet potato with grilled wedges of red and orange bell pepper.


For Paleo:

  • Omit cheese or substitute with grilled mushrooms (preferably cremini) that have been sliced or nutritional yeast.


For Whole30:

  • Omit cheese or substitute with grilled mushrooms (preferably cremini) that have been sliced or nutritional yeast.