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Middle Eastern Flank Steak with Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Salad

Middle Eastern Flank Steak with Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Salad. This simple marinade is sure to become your go-to for grilling.

Middle Eastern Flank Steak with Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Salad

Over the years, I tried different marinades for the flank steak depending on what mood I was in and what was in the kitchen. For this one, though, I tried to be deliberate and make something with a middle-eastern flair. I marinated the steak over night in red wine vinegar, lemon juice, allspice, oregano, cinnamon, nutmeg fresh parsley and garlic, and then quickly grilled it to perfection. It was very tender and juicy. I served it on the top of the chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes salad, which were a perfect addition to this meal. This simple marinade is sure to become your go-to for grilling. Hope you use it the next time your grill!

Middle Eastern Flank Steak with Chickpeas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 35 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 1 pound beef flank steaks

Flank Steak Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chickpeas and Sun-dried Tomatoes Salad

  • 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2-inch fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro), chopped
  • ~3 cups green salad to serve
  • fresh tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, radishes to serve
  • toppings: toasted pine nuts, and feta cheese


Grilled Flank Steak:

  1. In a small bowl combine the steak marinade ingredients. Rub the marinade over steak on both sides. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours or better overnight.
  2. Make the salad first (recipe below), then grill the steak.
  3. Preheat the grill on high heat. Place the meat on the hot grill and do not touch it for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes are up, turn the meat over and cook for another 3 minutes. This should give you medium rare on the ends and rare in the middle. If you prefer it a little more done, increase the cooking time on each side to 4 minutes. Do not over cook as the steak will be tough. The meat should be seared on the outside, pink and juicy on the inside.
  4. When the meat is done, remove it from the grill and place it on the cutting board. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with the salad.

Chickpeas and Sun-dried tomatoes Salad:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and cumin and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, pepper flakes, lemon juice, and tomato paste and saute for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the chickpeas and sauté for couple of minutes. Add fresh herbs and remove from the stove. Stir well, transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil on top.
  3. Serve over a bed of green salad with your choice of veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers, and radishes. Top it with pine nuts and feta cheese.


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  • Reply
    June 29, 2015 at 2:58 am

    All I can say is wow! I will be trying this recipe very soon. I adore chickpeas. Super healthy too. Thank you for sharing. Have a fantastic week. Emma xx

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      June 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Emma! Yes, it’s very healthy and delicious meal! Hope you will give it a try:) thanks for stopping by! Olga x

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    June 29, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Reblogged this on SurreyKitchen and commented:
    I couldn’t resist reblogging this fantastic recipe by Ocean View Kitchen! I can’t wait to try this one at home. Emma xx

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      June 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you!

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        July 17, 2015 at 12:24 am

        I meant to say I’m opening up surreyKitchen to guest bloggers if you are interested in writing a post for us one day. The Complete Book has just written a wonderful post on elephants all the way from South Africa. I would be happy for you to blog about anything you think our readers might find interesting. I’m sure you have some great ideas. Best wishes. Emma xx

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          July 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

          Thanks Emma! I will take a look and let you know! Hope you had a nice weekend:) Olga x

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    June 29, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I hope you don’t mind the reblog. Emma xx

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    chef mimi
    June 29, 2015 at 7:47 am

    This is absolutely fabulous!!! Something I could eat every day!!!

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    Julie is Hostess At Heart
    June 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Flank steak is one of my favorite cuts of meat, and your dish looks so delicious!

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    Dana Fashina
    June 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Wow wee this looks amazing!
    Always such pretty photos too 🙂

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    Laura @ Feast Wisely
    June 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Lovely recipe Olga – flank steak is so good when marinated and quickly cooked, and you have a great mix of spices here…

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    Renee Lalane
    June 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Looks marvelous!

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    July 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Easy, healthy AND delicious. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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      July 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Gina! I am glad to hear that you liked the recipe:) Olga

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    July 2, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Lovely!! Refreshing and light!

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      July 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much!

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        July 2, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        I like chickpeas, so anything with chickpeas is good!!

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          July 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

          Yes, I always have them in my pantry too. They are great addition to salads, soups, etc

          • Mariposaoro
            July 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm

            You’re reminding me to stock up on beans and pulses!! Chickpeas and turtle beans.

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    July 4, 2015 at 12:16 am

    the hungry dad would love this – I don’t eat meat but he sure does!

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    This looks just WOW! Delicious recipe and awesome pictures!

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    This looks amazing, Olga. 🙂

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