Simple seared steak with arugula pesto and cucumber-radish salad

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

20-Minute Meal

Simple seared steak with arugula pesto and cucumber-radish salad

Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo

2 Servings, 730 Calories/Serving

20 Minutes

Our house-made arugula pesto brings instant flavor to this one-pan paleo steak dinner, while tangy nigella seeds add a fun twist to the cooling salad.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sun Basket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • ¼ teaspoon nigella seeds
  • Steak options:
  • 2 top sirloin steaks (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 organic rib-eye steak (about 14 ounces; 1 steak serves 2)
  • 2 organic filet mignons (about 5 ounces each)
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 1 or 2 organic celery ribs (about ¼ pound total)
  • 2 or 3 organic radishes (about 2 ounces total)
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Sun Basket arugula pesto (arugula - walnuts - EVOO - fresh garlic - kosher salt)

Ingredient IQ

Nigella seeds, which come from the flowering Nigella sativa plant, have an oniony flavor and are popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. Also known as black cumin or black onion seeds, they have been used in traditional medicine and in recent years have been studied by scientists for their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

Grill It

Prepare a medium-hot fire on one side of a grill. Set the steak on the grill directly over the heat and cook, turning once, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to indirect heat, close the grill, and cook without turning until lightly charred and cooked to the desired doneness, 5 to 10 minutes longer for top sirloins and 5 to 15 minutes longer for rib-eye and filet mignons.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 730, Protein: 41g (82% DV), Fiber: 5g (20% DV), Total Fat: 57g (88% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 28g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 13g (65% DV), Cholesterol: 130mg (43% DV), Sodium: 300mg (13% DV), Carbohydrates: 12g (4% DV), Total Sugars: 5g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV).
Contains: Tree Nuts

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten. *Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Toast the nigella seeds

In a dry large frying pan over medium heat, toast the nigella seeds, stirring often, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.


Prep and cook the steak

  • Pat the steak dry with a paper towel; season generously with salt and pepper.
In the same pan used for the nigella seeds, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the steak and cook, turning frequently, until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare for top sirloins, 7 to 9 minutes for rib-eye, and 8 to 12 minutes for filet mignons. Transfer to a plate to rest for 5 minutes. Add more oil between batches if needed.
While the steak cooks and rests, prepare the cucumber-radish salad.


Make the cucumber-radish salad

  • Zest and juice the lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate.
  • Peel the cucumber, if desired, and trim the ends; cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then on the diagonal into enough slices to measure 3 cups [6 cups].
  • Trim the ends from the celery; thinly slice the celery on the diagonal.
  • Trim the ends from the radishes; cut the radishes in half, then cut the halves into thin half-moons.
  • Coarsely chop the walnuts.
  • Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
In a large bowl, stir together the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lemon juice, and 1 to 2 tablespoons oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the cucumber, celery, radishes, walnuts, parsley, and nigella seeds and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



Spoon 1 tablespoon arugula pesto onto each individual plate and top with the steak. Serve the cucumber-radish salad and remaining arugula pesto on the side.

Kids Can!

  • Juice the lemon.
  • Measure the cucumber.
  • Strip the parsley leaves.
  • Toss the cucumber salad.
  • Spoon the arugula pesto onto plates.

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