Southwestern Steak Salad Recipe and Homemade Southwestern Dressing

Hola Amigos! Your friend here at Just Dip It In Chocolate is trying to get back in shape, the best way I possibly can and oh boy...it's challenging. I know I've sung this song before, but this time I'm sticking to my goal that by my birthday in Sept.  (please don't send any Ferraries now,...well if you must, LOL) or the Blog's 1'st blogveressary in October , whatever comes first, I've lost 20 pounds! Easy for some, very very hard for me for different reasons...but any who...
This is my first attempt of something "healthy" or somewhat healthy also keeping in theme with the 1 dish meal! I hope you enjoy it!
Southwestern Steak Salad
1 box 16 oz pasta
1 1/2 Pounds Top Sirloin Steak
1 can Southwestern beans (red beans, black, pinto, corn)
1 Small Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Small Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Red Onion, Chopped
Half Pint of  Tomatoes Halved 

Cook your pasta according to the box directions or your personal taste. 
Grill your steak also to your liking (my hubs likes his steak on the "done" side), and cut into thin strips.
Drain your pasta, add and mix in  your chopped vegetables,  beans  and some of your Southwestern Dressing. 
Top it all of  with your steak. 

This amount of steak and pasta will serve 4 with some leftovers too!

Southwestern Dressing
8 Oz Plain Yogurt
1/2 Low fat Mayo
1 1/2 TBSP Low Fat Buttermilk
1 TBSP  Mustard
2 TBSP Orange juice
1 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Chipotle Powder
1 tsp Minced Onions
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Ground Cumin

Mix all these ingredients and you will get a very creamy, light and spicy dressing that goes well not only with your salad but vegetables as well.

I just loved it! It's so flavorful you really don't need  a whole lot to be satisfied.

I supposed you could make it even healthier with whole wheat pasta, but I'm not there yet, lol
You also appease your appetite  just by looking at this arrange of pretty colors and textures!

Thank You so much for joining me today! I hope you try this salad at home and experiment with your own combination of flavors and spices!

Remember than even when on a diet, everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love


  1. Well, I'm jealous of your camera. This very cheap point and shoot that I bought is just not making the mark. :)

    I love your photos. The recipe sounds good, and light enough to really enjoy when its hot outside!

  2. Looks delicious!! I know how hard it is to lose. I just lost 7 pounds in the last month because I had to get a strapless bridesmaid dress to zip!! :)
    Mission accomplished....and I feel great. You can do it!

  3. My husband is two things - a carnivore and a carbivore. He would LOVE this! The dressing sounds fabulous, especially with the use of chipotle and fresh garlic. Pinning right now to make this summer. It would be great if you would link this recipe up to Tasty Tuesdays. :) http://www.hungryharps.com/2013/06/tasty-tuesdays-15-9-recipes-youll-love.html

  4. I really like the salad dressing recipe. I booked marked it! Thank you for sharing this on BBQ Block Party

  5. Yum! This sounds really good and my hubby would love the steak! I would love the pasta and veggies. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and I will give this a try. Happy Summer, Lizy!


  6. The southwestern dressing for this recipe sounds great and would go with just about anything I think! :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    1. Thank You Ericka...that is true..yesterday we used it for our hamburgers...it was good! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Que rico! That looks delicious, and the Southwestern Dressing will get made, lol. Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays, and I'm following some of your boards on Pinterest. Have a great week! Lydia from www.lydiasflexitariankitchen.com

    1. Muchas Gracias Lydia es Usted muy amable! Thank you so much for following me on Pinterest as well...that is so AweSoMe!!!! Hope to see you often at this your blog! Have a great week!

  8. Wow...I just love the flavors in your dressing! This looks really good. Thanks for linking!
    Michelle @Ms. enPlace

  9. Mmmmm your pictures are making me HUNGRY! Thanks for sharing this with us on the Super Sunday Linky Party.

  10. THIS is a salad I can wrap my brain around! Pinning & stopping by from Lakeshore drive :)
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

  11. I love anything southwest! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #18!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    1. Thanks Amber, You are going to love this one!

  12. Everything looks perfect, wish I was coming round for dinner :)

    Thanks for linking up ...

    1. Thank you so much Claire! it's always so much fun linking to your party!

  13. This looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. The party will be back this week starting Tuesday and 8:00PM mountain time. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  14. I'm so tickled by that adorable little birdie dish! :) Too cute! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

    1. Ohhh Thank You so much Anyonita! I love pins! and thanks for your visit!