Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.


Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad – steaks that have a hot sear and finished in the oven paired with a warm salad bed of farro that has been simmered in beef broth, and tossed with spinach, and pan roasted grape tomatoes. A quick, easy and nutritious weeknight meal for your table!

Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

While you see your fair share of indulgent dishes here on my blog, you also see just as many healthier for you recipes. Eating healthier in our home is always my goal to achieve so when I can make a recipe that is not only delicious, but is quick and easy to put on my dinner table, then I’m a real happy camper!

Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

So, when invited by the  Beef Checkoff to build a healthy plate with beef I was up for the challenge. I like to rotate meals during the week to include different proteins and change my table up and lean beef is one of our favorite proteins to choose from. The nutrition provided by the beef is just another reason to make it part of our weekly meal plan!

Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

I recently accepted a new job that takes me home a little later in the evenings now and this makes it even more important to me to have recipes I can go to as quick, easy, and nutritious. There is nothing more comforting than knowing when I get home, in less than 30 minutes I can have dinner on the table and have minimal clean up after!

Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

One of my favorite new whole grains I have found that helps make quick weeknight meals a goal I can achieve is 10-minute farro. I love the slightly chewy grain with its nutty flavor and creating a warm salad with it to pair with the steak was going to be a match made in heaven! Simmering the farro in beef broth with some Italian seasoning while the steaks and tomatoes are roasting in the oven makes it so easy and I even had time to do some clean up in the kitchen while dinner was cooking!

Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad

The beef I chose for this recipe is a sirloin strip steak that was cut about 1 inch thick and was the perfect choice for tenderness and flavor! The entire meal itself adds up to only 370 calories which makes it not only a perfect dinner, but a great lunch too should you have leftovers!


Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Warm Farro Spinach Salad
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 4 servings
The cooking time for steak is for medium rare. Please adjust cook time accordingly to meet your own preference.
  • 2- 8 ounce sirloin steaks, 1 inch thick, patted dry
  • Salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coarsely ground black peppercorns
  • t tablespoon Olive oil for the pan
  • 1 cup 10-minute farro
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  1. Heat the oven to 500°F. Sprinkle the steaks with salt on both sides, and then press the ground peppercorns into the steaks on both sides. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and add just enough olive oil to make a light film. When the oil is very hot, add the steaks, cooking until nicely browned on one side for about 3 minutes. Flip the meat over and put the skillet in the oven. Roast for 5 minutes. Transfer the steaks to a warm plate and tent with foil and let set for 10 minutes prior to slicing.
  2. To make the farro salad:
  3. While steaks are roasting, add sliced grape tomatoes to a small baking pan coated with cooking spray and roast tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to add to salad prior to serving.
  4. Bring beef broth and farro to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add spinach and cover dish for 5 minutes to let spinach wilt into farro. Remove lid and toss tomatoes into spinach farro mixture. Place salad on serving platter and top with thinly sliced steak strips.
Calories: 370 Fat: 11 Carbohydrates: 36 Sugar: 2 Fiber: 5 Protein: 31 Cholesterol: 70

Need some other quick, easy, and nutritious meal ideals for your busy weekday nights? Be sure to check out other recipes being posted this week for great ideas!

Tuesday: A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Grilled Teriyaki Steak and Noodle Salad
Wednesday: Meal Planning Magic – Bistro Style Steak and Onion Sandwich
Thursday: Magnolia Days – Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice
Friday: Curious Cuisiniere – Skillet Swiss Steak

You can also get great ideas from previous beef posts on the SundaySupper Movement website!



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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Renee October 19, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    10 minute farro? I must find it. I absolutely love farro and steak with it too. Great recipe!

  2. Cynthia @ Whole Food | Real Families October 19, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Why have I not tried farro?? I have wanted to try it for ages and I love the idea of it with beef!

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  4. Christie October 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I haven’t seen 10 minute farro. I’ll have to look for it. I love that you paired it with a sirloin.

  5. Rachael October 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    So do you love the new job? I too love anything that can be under 30 minutes. And minimal clean up is huge! Looks great

    • Shelby October 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      I do love the new job! It is far more interesting (Matrimonial Law) and never boring. lol 🙂

  6. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl October 20, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I could eat steak all day every day, it’s definitely my protein of choice. Haha! That warm farro salad sounds amazing! I’d love to try that.

  7. Sandra - The Foodie Affair October 20, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    This is a great looking cut of beef! Pairs perfectly with the Farro Spinach Salad!

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  9. Christie October 21, 2015 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Your steak looks fabulous!! I love a quick steak recipe on busy weeknights.

  10. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) October 21, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Yum! Lovely presentation, and I do love me a sirloin steak. I have not tried farro yet, I need to add that to my to-do list. Love this Shelby!

  11. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads October 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Pretty sure I’d absolutely love this steak! Such an awesome spinach salad too 🙂

  12. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama October 22, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious! And I love the addition of farro! 🙂

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  15. Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere October 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful weeknight meal! I am always looking for new ways to use farro!

  16. Maris (In Good Taste) October 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I would love to have this for dinner tonight!

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