Pizza Salad

This hearty meal substitutes ribeye with beef heart for a protein punch.

Pizza Salad
 Brian Klutch

Beef heart can pump your body full of protein (there’s 20g in a 4-oz serving), vitamin B12, iron, and the super-charged antioxidant selenium.

Try it with this pizza-inspired salad, which combines beef heart with mozzarella, pesto, and more.

Nutrition info per serving

Calories: 514
Protein: 32g
Carbs: 35g
Fat: 28g

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 1 lb beef heart
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 sandwich thins
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 4 oz chopped fresh mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Slice excess fat or tissue from heart. Season with salt and pepper; slice into 1" strips. Heat canola oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add heart and cook until still slightly pink inside, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat; set aside. Heat tomatoes in skillet until softened.

Toast sandwich thins, then break into chunks.

Divide spinach, heart, tomatoes, bread, cheese, and olives among serving plates. Whisk together pesto, olive oil, vinegar, and 1 Tbsp water. Drizzle dressing over salads.