Steak Salad with Shoyu Dressing (gluten free) ステーキサラダ醤油ドレッシング | Easy Japanese Recipes at

Steak Salad with Shoyu Dressing

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: protein salad, steak
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Nami
Hearty, satisfying, and delicious steak salad that kicks your average green salad up a notch with sizzling steak and savory Japanese-style shoyu dressing!


For Steak:

  • 12-16 oz ribeye steak (you can use flank steak or any cut you like)
  • ½ tsp kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)

For Shoyu Dressing:

For Salad:

  • 2 handful Asian greens (baby kale, mizuna, pak-choi, mizuna, komatsuna, baby spinach etc)
  • 1 water melon radish
  • 2 red radishes
  • ½ English cucumber
  • ½-1 avocado
  • 6 cherry tomatoes


  1. Gather all the ingredients:
    steak salad ingredients

Prepare the steak:

  1. Let the steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    Steak Salad 1
  2. Pat dry the steak with paper towel. Sprinkle both sides (and the edges) generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    Steak Salad 2
  3. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron pan on high heat. I usually use a silicone brush to apply the oil. Sear the steak in the pan, about 3-4 minute each side. During this time, do not move the steak around or flip. You can use tongs to press down so the steak gets nice sear marks.

    Steak Salad 3
  4. Remove the steak from the heat and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes. If you cut the meat right away, all the juice will come out. Cut thin slices, against the grain of the meat.

    Steak Salad 4

Prepare Shoyu dressing:

  1. In a food processor, puree the onion.
    Steak Salad 5
  2. In a 1-cup measuring cup, add soy sauce, pureed onion, and olive oil.
    Steak Salad 6
  3. Add mirin, and sugar, and rice vinegar.
    Steak Salad 7
  4. Add lemon juice and sesame seeds and whisk all together.
    Steak Salad 8

Assemble the salad:

  1. Assemble the salad with Asian greens (baby kale, Asian greens, baby spinach), water melon radish, red radishes, English cucumber, avocado, and cherry tomatoes. You can choose any leafy salad and other salad ingredients you like.
    Steak Salad 9
  2. Place the steak on top and drizzle the shoyu dressing.
    Steak Salad 9

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook.  All images and content on this site are copyright protected.  Please do not use my images without my permission.  If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source.  Thank you.