Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

Lean flank steak is marinated and then grilled to make these whole wheat pita sandwiches. They're also filled with healthy vegetables.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Marinate: 24 hrs
  • Grill: 17 mins to 21 mins

Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas

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Directions

  1. Score both sides of steak in a diamond pattern by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.
  2. In a screw-top jar, combine salad dressing, lime peel, lime juice, and cilantro. Cover and shake well. Pour half of the salad dressing mixture into a small bowl and add onion; cover and chill until serving time. Pour the remaining salad dressing mixture in jar over steak in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. For a charcoal grill, grill steak on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 17 to 21 minutes for medium doneness (160 degrees F), turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place steak on grill rack. Cover and grill as above.)
  4. To serve, thinly slice beef across grain. In a large bowl toss together beef, salad greens, red pepper, avocado, and reserve dressing mixture. Fill each pita half with beef mixture.

From the Test Kitchen

Broiling Tip:

Or place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 15 to 18 minutes for medium doneness (160 degrees F), turning once.

Lunch Tomorrow:

Use any leftover grilled beef for individual taco salads. Layer fresh greens, black beans, chopped tomatoes, grilled beef, light shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and light sour cream.

Cost-Saving Tip: Instead of using a package of mixed greens, but fresh lettuces and make smaller bags of your own spring mixes.

Convenience Tip: These yummy pitas can easily be rolled up in to a wrap or even just eaten as a salad to cut more calories.

Substitution Tip: Switch out lime peel and juice for lemon peel and just for a different, but just as tasty, citrus flavor.

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Nutrition Facts (Grilled Beef and Avocado Pitas)

  • Per serving:
  • 254 kcal ,
  • 11 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 23 mg chol. ,
  • 425 mg sodium ,
  • 24 g carb. ,
  • 5 g fiber ,
  • 2 g sugar ,
  • 17 g pro.
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