Beef Tenderloin Tips Salad with Lemon Garlic Ghee
What’s better than fresh tomatoes, grilled seasonal veggies and perfectly cooked steak on a bed of cool greens? It’s completely representative of this shoulder season of summer moving into fall. It’s also an incredibly quick weekday meal since the tenderloin tips take less than 10 minutes to cook to medium rare! Best of all for everyone following Whole30 in September, it is completely compatible!
To celebrate these still-warm days, I chose to use my Blackstone to cook the tenderloin tips but feel free to make these on a grill, under the broiler or just sauté in a large cast iron skillet. If you are using any method other than the skillet, I recommend threading onto skewers simply to make turning easier.
I find that marinades keep meat from browning, so I steer clear and instead only use dry seasonings. My go-to spice blend is what I call Magic Salt with only sea salt, pepper and granulated garlic (learn how to make your own Magic Salt).
1 lb. organic grassfed beef tenderloin tips
4-5 Tbsp. Magic Salt (enough to completely cover all the tenderloin tips)
1/4 cup melted ghee
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion tops (or chives)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional or vary amount to your preferred spice level)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Lemon Garlic Ghee
Season the tips thoroughly on all sides with the Magic Salt. Let seasoned beef sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes to make sure the spices adhere to the beef and the tenderloin tips don't cook through took quickly.
While the beef is chilling, cook your vegetables until brown.
Remove the tenderloin tips from the refrigerator and if grilling, place on skewers.
If not grilling, heat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add enough olive oil to cover the entire bottom of the skillet. If broiling, coat the tenderloin tips in oil rather than the pan to avoid excess fat catching fire.
Place the tenderloin tips on the grill, in the skillet or in the broiler and cook for 4-5 minutes. The chilled spice coating hitting the hot fat will provide the perfect flavor-filled crust that everyone loves in a good steak.
Flip and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until just brown (about 130°F on your instant read meat thermometer).
Lemon Garlic Ghee
Mix together all the ingredients except the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Gradually mix in the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper until you get the spice level and taste you prefer.
Serve the steak tips and veggies over mixed greens and drizzle with the lemon garlic ghee.
Christi Flaherty is a Whole30 Certified Coach, Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist with NANP and founder of HealthyHappyReal.com. Her writing has been featured on eHow and Livestrong as a healthy cooking expert and she was a featured blogger with FoodBuzz. Christi coaches GenX women using the Whole30 approach to help them reach health goals, find food freedom and fall in love with cooking and eating real food. Find her Paleo and Whole30 friendly recipes and coaching information at Healthy Happy Real.