07/18/2012 12:19 EDT | Updated 09/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Summertime perfection is grilled steak topped with chimichurri sauce

Excellent cuts of barbecued beef suit Canadians’ summer living lifestyle to a T — simple, great-tasting food grilled to perfection. In this rendition, chimichurri sauce is used. It is also delicious with grilled chicken, pork or fish.

Grilled Steak

4 beef tenderloin grilling steaks (each 180 g/6 oz) or your favourite cut of grilling beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 pkg (200 g) on-the-vine cherry tomatoes or 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) cherry tomatoes

Chimichurri Sauce

250 ml (1 cup) chopped fresh parsley

125 ml (1/2 cup) each chopped fresh coriander and mint

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cumin

1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt

Generous pinch cayenne pepper

45 ml (3 tbsp) red wine vinegar

150 ml (2/3 cup) olive oil

In a food processor, combine parsley, coriander, mint, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne; pulse until garlic is minced. Add vinegar and mix. Gradually add oil, mixing until thoroughly combined. (Chimichurri can be made up to 1 day in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Generously season beef with salt and pepper. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close cover and grill for 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Meanwhile, if not using vine tomatoes, thread cherry tomatoes on small skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak for about 20 minutes first). Place tomatoes on grill and cook for last few minutes of grilling, just until warmed through. Serve with steak.

Drizzle each steak with 30 ml (2 tbsp) chimichurri. Serve remaining chimichurri sauce on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 425 calories; 36 g protein; 29 g fat; 3 g carbohydrate; 1 g fibre.

Source: Foodland Ontario.