Griddled Steak Salad with a feisty anchovy & caper dressing

Thanks go to Karen W. who, many years ago, served us an anchovy & caper dressing which my tastebuds thought was wonderfully feisty and went perfectly with beef. This recipe for Griddled Steak Salad has two dressings – one for the warm salad, the other the aforementioned anchovy & caper melange.

Griddled Steak Salad with a feisty anchovy & caper dressing

Recipe by GraceDifficulty: Easy



The following ingredients will serve two, but are easily doubled or trebled depending on how many lucky people you are making this for.



  • 150g unpeeled new potatoes, thickly sliced

  • 160g fine green beans

  • 160g frozen peas

  • 200g thickly cut piece of steak

  • 160g Romain lettuce, roughly torn into pieces


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tsp cider or red wine vinegar

  • ¼ tspn English mustard powder

  • 2 tbsp chopped mint

  • 2 tbsp chopped basil


  • 6 – 8 anchovies

  • Tbsp capers, drained

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Large clove garlic, minced

  • ½ tbsp finely chopped parsley


  • Cook the potatoes for 5 mins in a large pan of boiling water. Top with a steamer and add the green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the frozen peas and cook for 2 more minutes. Drain.
  • Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Brush the steak with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a hot griddle – 4 minutes per side is about right for a succulent pink interior. Transfer to a plate to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Mix the warm vegetables into the dressing until coated, then add the lettuce. Pile onto a large platter or bowl. Slice the steak and arrange on the top. Serve the anchovy & caper dressing in a separate bowl.

Cook’s Tip

  • You can add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to either dressing if you’d like
Griddled Steak Salad with a feisty anchovy & caper dressing - these sweety drop red peppers are great with this dish

If you were wondering what those tiny red teardrops are, I found them at Waitrose. They are called Sweety Drop Red Peppers and they add colour and sweetness to so many dishes.