This is the ultimate venison steak salad recipe. It’s packed with tender deer meat, lots of leafy greens, tomatoes, avocado, walnuts, dried cherries, cheese and a super simple homemade balsamic dressing.
We LOVE salad night in our house. A lot of people find it hard to believe that a meat and potatoes guy like my husband loves salads but when they’re this filling and flavorful, it’s hard not to! If you want more venison salad ideas, grab my cookbook Venison Every Day! There’s a whole chapter on soups and salads.
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Are venison steak salads healthy?
While everyone has a different definition of healthy, this salad is packed with great fats, protein, and leafy greens. It’s enough to fuel you to your next meal while providing you with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals! Venison is SUPER rich in protein, iron, linoleic acid, and b vitamins.
What is the best meat to put in salad?
Because venison is both so delicious AND healthy, I think it’s the best meat for a steak salad. It isn’t as fatty as beef so it pairs beautifully with the lettuce. The flavors in venison also go beautifully with greens such a arugula and balsamic dressing, which is what we’ll use here!
How to make an incredible salad with deer meat
To make a great salad with venison, I like to pair it with foods that compliment the flavor of deer meat. This salad has:
- Dried cherries
- Goat cheese
- and the yummiest homemade balsamic dressing
The best balsamic dressing for venison steak salad
Dressings are something I almost always make myself because it’s so easy, economical and homemade dressing is WAY better for you than store-bought. All you need to do is shake together equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a bit of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, grated fresh garlic, salt & pepper. It’s so easy and perfect for this venison steak salad recipe.
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Venison Steak Salad
This is the ultimate venison steak salad recipe. It’s packed with tender deer meat, lots of leafy greens, tomatoes, avocado, walnuts, dried cherries, cheese and a super simple homemade balsamic dressing. This recipe serves 4.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Total Time: 22 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 1 lb. venison steaks/chops or enough to feed 4 people
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 lemon
- about 8 cups lettuce, I like spinach and arugula or spring mix
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 pt cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cherries (fresh would be yummy, too!)
- about 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled (or to taste)
For the dressing:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- First, remove the chops out of the fridge about 30 minutes prior to cooking so they can start to come to room temp and cook more evenly. Then, PAT THEM DRY with a paper towel.
- Next, heat a cast iron pan over or a grill/pellet to medium-high heat (450F).
- While your pan/grill heats, salt the meat generously (about 1/4 tsp. per steak/chop) and pat dry AGAIN with a towel. Then drizzle on the avocado oil on both sides.
- When the pan/grill is hot, add the meat. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your steak/chops. But, when you have a nice sear or grill marks on one side (anywhere from 2-5 minutes) flip the meat. Once the internal temperature reaches about 115-125F, remove the meat from the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain.
- Season the meat with some fresh cracked pepper and a little squeeze of lemon. Set aside while you assemble the salad.
- To make the dressing add the ingredient to a jar with a lid and shake together until everything is well combined.
- To assemble the salads, lay down a bed of greens and layer on the avocado, tomatoes, walnuts, dried cherries, goat cheese and cooked venison. Then drizzle on the dressing. Enjoy!
Keywords: salad, steak salad, venison steak