Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde

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Take your barbecue up a notch and ditch the burgers for grilled steak with salsa verde.

No doubt we’ve all been a Canada Day barbecue with burgers and hot dogs. If you’re lucky there may be sausages.

But when serving dinner you can be a slave to the grill trying to time all of the different proteins so that everyone can eat at the same time.

Serving steak at your barbecue is smart for a few reasons:

  1. You make friends with steak. This is not just a burgers and hot dog kind of party.
  2. You can focus on one thing. Cook the steak perfectly. Slice it thinly and serve it on a platter with a great salsa verde.
  3. For the inevitable friend who insists their meat should be well done. Give them some sriracha hummus while they wait. You can take a few slices and throw it on the grill while everyone else enjoys delicious medium rare.

Now onto the condiments. People I LOVE ketchup.

I love it so much Dave bought me a t-shirt that says “Got Ketchup” but as much as I love it, this isn’t the time to break it out.

I’ve got something better.

Salsa verde.

Italian Salsa verde is not the same as Mexican salsa verde, which uses tomatillos. Instead it is similar to Argentinean chimichurri and French pistou.

It’s a fresh Italian green herb sauce that LOVES steak.

It’s cold and uncooked but provides tons of flavour. The best part is that it takes 30 seconds to make it in a food processor or blender and you can make it in advance.

La dolce vita. The sweet life is when you serve grilled steak with salsa verde.

Indulge your friends with very little effort.

Salsa verde is an Italian fresh herb sauce. Like Argentinean chimichurri it takes your barbecue game up a notch but takes less than a minute to make.
9 Tips for the Perfect Steak

  1. Buy it from the experts, go to a butcher shop to buy high quality meat.
  2. Marinate it one day in advance.
  3. Take it out of the fridge 30-40 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature.
  4. No need to use “steak spice” simply liberally season with kosher salt before grilling. Do not use pepper, it’s a berry and if there’s a flare up it will burn.
  5. Use a temperature probe to cook the steak to 10 degrees less than the desired temperature. You want to account for “carry over” cooking time as it rests.
  6. Rest it for 10 minutes covered with aluminum foil.
  7. Just before serving flash it on the grill to warm it back up.
  8. Use a sharp knife to cut slices against the grain.
  9. Season again with finishing salt like Maldon or this great grey sea salt along with freshly ground black pepper.
Salsa verde is an Italian fresh herb sauce. Like Argentinean chimichurri it takes your barbecue game up a notch but takes less than a minute to make.

Speaking of indulgence… Canada Day is the start to summer. Warmer than Victoria Day in weekend, everyone is ready to have a good time and most of us take it just a bit too far.

It seems like a good time, we’re out in the sun and our pasty pale skin begins to be a distant memory.

But if you’re like us and not in your 20s anymore, the no holds barred approach to eating can backfire.

We always have at least two bottles of Pepto-Bismol in our house.

Because you don’t want to be caught with only a drop in the bottle – especially when you’re having friends over for dinner.

Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is an Italian fresh herb sauce. Like Argentinean chimichurri it takes your barbecue game up a notch but takes less than a minute to make.

We’ve included a very traditional Italian salsa verde sauce. However, outside Italy it is a very flexible sauce.

Sometimes you will see a bit of mustard or spice – both would be fantastic. Make the base sauce and add whatever you love to it.


Grilled steak with salsa verde on a cutting board with small bowls of more salsa verde on the side, on a white background.

Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Treat your friends to the dolce vita - steak with salsa verde. They’ll think you’re splurging but steak is so much easier to manage than individual burgers.


  • 2 flank steaks
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups parsley
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin oliveoil
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic


  1. STEAK
    Marinate steak in oil and vinegar for 24 hours.
    Remove from fridge 20 minutes beforehand and pat dry. Season with kosher salt (no pepper as it will burn).
    Place on the grill, cook 3-4 minutes each side.
    Remove and rest with foil for 5 minutes.

  2. Place all ingredients (only half of the olive oil in a blender or food processor. Blend 30 seconds, slowly pouring in
    remaining oil, until throughly blended.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 17g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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Disclosure: We approached Pepto-Bismol to sponsor our Canada Day Entertaining Guide because we use and love their product. And we were thrilled that they came on board as our presenting sponsor. Earlier this year they supported our cochinita pibil – Mexican pulled pork and gochujang ribs posts. We are thrilled to share this grilled steak with salsa verde post and thank them for continuing to support us.

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Salsa verde is an Italian fresh herb sauce. Like Argentinean chimichurri it takes your barbecue game up a notch but takes less than a minute to make.

Join the Conversation

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That looks like the best steak in the whole wide world! Wow, I need to make this, and soon! Yum! (love your blog name too!)

  2. Gingey Bites says:

    Oh this looks like perfection to me and I would definitely be your friend if you served it to me at a BBQ! The salsa verde looks spot on too! YUM

  3. Su {Ethan & Evelyn} says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I crave steak every now and then. We are planning on a barbecue this summer so this will be perfect! Thank you very much for the fab idea. I have pinned your recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂

  4. Chandan Verma says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. Wow, I need to make this, and soon! Yum!

  5. Dana | The Grey Bell says:

    I cannot agree more, serving something other than hotdogs and hamburgers at your BBQ is quick way to make friends! I am definitely trying this salsa verde very soon.

  6. Marie-Pierre Breton says:

    Interesting post! Didn’t know the Italian “salsa verde”, looks like every country have their own salsa verde. I just know the Spanish which is parsley, garlic, lemon and olive oil. Also didn’t know about burning the pepper. Going to add my pepper afterward for now on.

  7. Carole Brown says:

    i LOVE steak with chimichurri but I think I will try this version of herby oil saucy deliciousness next time

  8. Yum! This sounds so delicious, I love ways to spice up my steak, or herb it up in this case lol. Also, the inclusion of a butcher purchase in the recipe ingredients is key 🙂

  9. Shannon D says:

    This is perfect timing! My herb garden is outta control right now and this looks amazing!! Also, I love your blog name. Bacon IS magic 🙂

  10. This is very timely. We’re planning to have a barbeque party and we’d love to have more than burgers and hotdog.
    I believe that serving it with salsa verde is a great idea. Thank you for sharing this post.

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