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Summer Steak Salad: The Season's Last Hurrah

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

There is nothing quite like a good steak accompanied by a trusty South African red wine.

Red wine hits the spot with a juicy sirloin steak sliced into a crisp salad during the last throes of summer. Even devout meat lovers will enjoy their greens when they tuck into a good summer steak salad with a glass or two of Roodeberg Classic Red for good measure.

‘Tagliata di manzo’ literally meaning sliced beef, is one of Italy's most popular dishes with slivers of steak tossed into a traditional salad of rocket, shaved parmesan and cherry tomatoes.

Foodie Elmarie Berry tops her sirloin salad with an aromatic red wine reduction drizzled over fresh salad leaves, grilled plums, gorgonzola and toasted walnuts. The sweet plums and salty gorgonzola combine the best flavours of summer in one delicious dish.

Sirloin steak salad with plums, gorgonzola & walnuts

Elmarie Berry


  • 2 – 4 sirloin steaks | 8 plums | 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 30 ml white wine vinegar | 100 g toasted walnuts, chopped

  • 100 g gorgonzola | cos/romaine lettuce, torn | olive oil

  • 100 g crumbed blue cheese


  • 500 ml Roodeberg Classic Red

  • 250 ml sugar

  • 2 star anise

  • 3 cloves

  • 1 stick of cinnamon


  1. In a small pot – add the red wine, sugar and spices. Simmer until reduced to a balsamic reduction consistency. Allow to cool. Season and drizzle steaks with olive oil. Grill or braai steaks for 3 – 5 minutes per side. Allow to rest.

  2. Remove pips from the plums. Grill half of the plums in a griddle pan. Thinly slice the remaining halved plums.

  3. Thinly slice the red onion and toss in a little white wine vinegar. Toast and chop walnuts.

  4. Slice rested steak. Arrange steak on a plate with salad greens, grilled plums, sliced plums, pickled red onion, crumbled blue cheese and chopped walnuts.

  5. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine reduction (or serve on the side). Serve with bruschetta or crusty bread.


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