Steak Sandwiches with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

This take on a barbecue basic will not only make your brown-bag lunch jealous, but will also have the neighbours lining up...

This take on a barbecue basic will not only make your brown-bag lunch jealous, but will also have the neighbours lining up for seconds and thirds. Rustic and easy to make, this feast offers a satisfying meal for both parents and kids.


Worcestershire or hot pepper sauce (optional)


Steak and salsa

  • 2 strip loin or top sirloin steaks
  • 1 Cup cherry tomatoes, preferably a mix of red and yellow
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Great Value Crushed Chili Peppers
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Great Value Ground Cumin
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 6 thick slices Italian-style white bread
  • 1 firm avocado
  • 2 Teaspoons lime juice


Steak and salsa

1. Remove steaks from refrigerator and let warm to room temperature. For salsa, quarter tomatoes and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with onion, chili peppers, garlic, cumin and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir and set aside.

2. Oil grill and preheat barbecue to medium-high. Season both sides of steak with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and Worcestershire, if using; rub in. Barbecue until meat gives slight resistance when pressed, about 4 minutes per side for 1inch thick steaks if you like them medium-rare.

3. Remove to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, butter both sides of bread, using 4 slices for open-face sandwiches or 8 if you want top slices. Place bread on grill. 4. Barbecue until lightly toasted and grill marks form, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

5. Cut avocado in half and remove pit. Peel avocado or scoop pulp from skin. Cut in large dice. 6. Place on tomatoes, then drizzle with lime juice. Stir gently to mix. Taste and add more salt or lime juice, if you like.

7. Slice steaks crosswise in the thickness you like for a sandwich. Divide equally among 4 slices of bread. Spoon salsa on top (and top each with another slice of bread, if desired).

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Steak Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Steak Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.