FOOD – YOUR WEEKEND MEAL – Hibiscus Mojito with Flank Steak Salad


Make an Insanely Refreshing Hibiscus Mojito

The key is a hibiscus syrup, which sounds a little daunting but is as easy as boiling water. Were I in a cocktail bar, I’d make this syrup with real hibiscus flowers, but let’s simplify things a bit. The tea brand Tazo (available at pretty much any high-end grocery store) has a flavor called “Passion”—it’s got strong hibiscus flavors along with rose hip and orange peel. Make a super-strong cup of Passion, stir in sugar, and you’ve got a hibiscus syrup. It’s really that easy.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad



  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/2 cup coarse, dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 medium hearts of romaine, quartered lengthwise
  • A handful of red leaf lettuce
    1. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with 1 tablespoon of the lime juice. Stir in the molasses, honey, cracked peppercorns and cayenne.
In another small bowl, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice with the garlic, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
  1. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper and grill over high heat for 13 minutes, turning once. Brush the molasses mixture all over the steak and grill for 2 minutes longer for medium-rare meat. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand.
  2. In a small bowl, toss the bread crumbs with the Parmigiano and season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice the flank steak across the grain. Arrange the romaine and red leaf lettuce on a platter and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Scatter the bread crumbs over the salad, top with the steak and serve.

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