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Summer Flank Steak with Orzo Pasta Salad

Brian McGibbons, Chef De Cuisine, HeadWaters at Origins

6-8 Servings

Make your orzo salad and vinaigrette ahead of time, prepare your steak before serving.


Orzo Pasta Salad

16 ounces of uncooked orzo pasta

4 quarts water

2 tablespoons salt

1 Vine Ripe Tomatoes medium diced

Half cucumber medium diced

Half red onion medium diced

½ cup chopped Kalamata olives

Half cup grated parmesan

2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt & Pepper to taste


Bring 4 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to a boil add your 16 ounces of dry orzo pasta to boiling water stirring occasionally. Cook pasta for 7 to 8 minutes, remove from heat and strain and allow pasta to cool down.

Combine all ingredients, place finished pasta salad in the refrigerator to cool.

Cherry Tomato Relish

8 cherry tomatoes

1/8 red onion

6 medium-size fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste.


Thinly slice red onion, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves, place in bowl add rest of ingredients mix, place in refrigerator.

Sundried Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

16 ounce prepared balsamic vinaigrette

4 ounces of sun-dried tomato

1 tablespoon prepared basil pesto

Place all ingredients into blender and puree.


When everything else is prepared you are ready to make the steak.



1 package of flank steak

2 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

¼ cup of vegetable oil

Marinate the flank steak in your chopped garlic, Montreal Steak seasoning and vegetable oil overnight or for a couple hours.  Place the steak on a hot grill for one minute, then turn 90° and cook for another minute, flip steak over and repeat process.  Place steak on the upper section of the grill or away from the direct heat or to the outer edges of the grill. Cook steak flipping every two minutes until internal temperature reaches 115 degrees, Chef Brian prefers a digital thermometer.

Remove from the grill and let rest for five minutes before slicing.  Always slice meat against the grain!!!


Plate and enjoy!


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