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Steak Fajita salad in a white bowl beside a plate of lime slices.

Hello Recipe Critic readers!!! I’m Carrian and I blog over at, Sweet Basil a food blog about Reinventing family dinner, plus a little health and fitness on the side. We (and I mostly mean me) pretty much adore Alyssa and her awesome blog. She’s just as sweet and awesome in person as she is on here, and thank goodness for that! Heaven knows we don’t need any more crazy ladies in the world… πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we are all so excited to be here with you and tell you a little about ourselves. Cade and I have been married for over 8 years, blogging for 5 and the hubs and I are opposites in the world of desserts. I prefer fruity desserts like, Deep Fried Peaches and Ice Cream, or Raspberry Lemon Meringue Cookies , whereas the hubs prefers Grilled Pizzas with Nutella and Stawberries or this Chili’s Molten Lava Copycat recipe. And strangely enough, both kids would rather have a perfect pepperoni pizza than any dessert at all.

Steak fajita salad with avacado dressing in a white bowl.

Anyway, we obviously really enjoy food at our house (hence a food blog), but we also are suffering through a picky eater. Our littlest happens to be a crazy picky eater. We went through this with her sister too, but thankfully we were able to end it with two methods, the “You choose not to eat, you go hungry” (oh my gosh, I promise we are not mean and do not starve our children, but she seriously could not survive off of cereal anymore!), and the “you have to try at least one thing” method. Neither of these are working with our second. NEITHER. I want to sit in a corner and scream sometimes. Alright, that may be a tad dramatic.

a white bowl with a tortilla in it covered in melted cheese. A colorful plate with lime slices sits beside the bowl on the gray tray.

So, we’ve developed new methods with Little Stinker. First, she has to kiss or lick something before she can decide to not eat it. I know that sounds weird, but it’s actually been working. It’s helping her to get used to different tastes and textures. We also make sure that there’s something familiar on her plate every meal, BBQ sauce works well with meats, or broccoli or a fruit. We kind of hide things too, like the cheese on the tortilla. Oh, and the best part? Each family member builds their own salad. Trust me, one of the best things we’ve done to help our little one to eat has been to let her help in the kitchen with me. It’s not always easy, but it’s been totally worth it.

Steak fajita salad in a white bowl on a gray tray.Although our first has become a great eater we are still trying to introduce her to new foods, and the second only wants pork (cue the eye roll) but a meal like this is so full of yummy foods that it gets her to “kiss” them, and like I said, every time she does that it makes her more familiar and closer to trying it. The steak looks close enough to pork that with a little sauce we are generally able to get the little one to give it a go. Overall, this steak fajita salad is the type of dish that is yummy for adults, you can easily change of the flavors to your own family’s favorites, and it’s easy for kids to build it themselves and get excited about the foods. And could I just mention that the avocado sauce is amazing? IT’S AMAZING. Truth. Try it on wraps, sandwiches, etc. In fact the dressing is adapted from our favorite honey avocado dressing.


Anyway, that’s all we have time for today (dude, I totally sound like I should be on a cooking show! Just sayin’, Food Network…), but I truly hope you’ll pop on over and say hello some time!! You can find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram (ohsweetbasil) and Facebook.

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Steak Fajita Salad with Avocado Dressing

By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious salad using fresh ingredients and topped with perfect avocado dressing.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Grill Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1 Flank Steak
  • 1 1/2 Cup Rice cooked (we add a little fajita seasoning in while it's cooking for more flavor)
  • Lettuce chopped
  • Grilled Corn sliced off the cob
  • Sauteed peppers and onions sliced
  • Tortillas cooked
  • Medium Cheddar Cheese grated

For the Dressing


  • Heat a grill to medium high heat and sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the meat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes per side, remove from the grill and let rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing thin on the diagonal.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender combine all of the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • To assemble: Sprinkle a little cheese on a tortilla and warm in a skillet until the cheese melts. Place the cheese tortilla in a bowl and top with rice, steak, corn, peppers and onions and lettuce. Drizzle with the dressing and enjoy!


Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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