Beef Tagliata (Italian Steak) Recipe

Beef tagliata, a classic dish hailing from Italy, is a beautifully simple yet flavorful recipe traditionally prepared with seared and sliced steak. The word "tagliata" in Italian literally translates to "sliced" or "cut," a perfect descriptor of the dish's main feature. Typically, a high-quality cut of beef, such as a sirloin or a rib-eye, is seared or grilled to the desired level of doneness, then sliced into thin strips. The sliced steak is laid on a bed of fresh arugula and adorned with shavings of Parmesan cheese, creating a wonderful contrast of flavors and textures. The dish relies heavily on the quality of the ingredients, pairing peppery arugula with umami-rich Parmesan.

While the core elements of beef, arugula, and Parmesan remain consistent, some versions may include a drizzle of balsamic reduction or the addition of cherry tomatoes. Recipe developer Taylor Murray guides us through her interpretation of this classic dish, which includes ripe cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar to make the perfect summer meal.

Gather the beef tagliata ingredients

First, choose your steak. While this recipe can technically be made with many different cuts suitable for the grill, Murray likes flank steak because it's easy to cook and affordable. The beef will be seasoned with olive oil and a sprig of rosemary. 

The salad is comprised of arugula, fresh cherry tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese, which will be topped off with balsamic vinegar and half of a fresh lemon. As with most Italian recipes, you'll notice a big difference if you go for high-quality versions of each of these items.

Cook the beef

Heat the grill to medium heat. Brush the steak all over with the olive oil using a sprig of rosemary as the brush. The rosemary acts as a cheap brush that also imparts subtle flavor. If you don't have rosemary or you don't want to use it, a regular pastry brush will work just fine.

Season with salt and pepper. Place the beef on the grill and cook to your desired doneness. The timing may vary from grill to grill (and depending on whether you're using charcoal or gas), but it should cook to close to 8 minutes per side. Remove the beef from the grill and let it rest before slicing to allow the juices to be fully absorbed.

Make the salad

Place a few strips of sliced beef on each plate. Then, divide the arugula, tomatoes, and Parmesan evenly between each. In a recipe for beef tagliata, these ingredients work together because each adds a different layer of flavor and texture. The result is a finely balanced dish where each ingredient complements and enhances the others, making for a truly satisfying experience. 

Arugula, also known as rocket, adds a distinctive peppery flavor that provides a fresh and slightly bitter counterpoint to the rich beef. It not only cuts through the fattiness of the steak but also introduces a contrasting crunchy texture. Tomatoes bring their bright, acidic notes that act as another balancing element against the richness of the beef and cheese. Finally, Parmesan cheese tops off the dish with its complex, savory, umami flavor. It's characterized by a sweet, salty, and nutty taste along with its creamy and slightly crumbly texture.

Dress the salad

Dress the salad with the remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Finish the dish with a quick squeeze of fresh lemon. This dish will keep (with the salad undressed) for up to four days in the refrigerator. If you like, you can serve the beef hot or cold.

This dish, like many Italian classics, can be paired with both red and white wine. For red, a Chianti Classico from Tuscany, the same region where beef tagliata originated, would be an excellent choice. This red wine is known for its robust, full-bodied profile, with enough structure and acidity to cut through the richness of the beef and complement the sharpness of the Parmesan and the peppery arugula. For those who prefer white wine, a full-bodied, oak-aged Italian Chardonnay could be an interesting choice, offering a balance of fruit, acidity, and a hint of creaminess to complement the dish.

Beef Tagliata (Italian Steak) Recipe
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This interpretation of a classic beef tagliata includes arugula, ripe cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar to make the perfect summer meal.
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Beef tagliata on plate
Total time: 25 minutes
  • 1 ½ pounds flank steak
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 4 ½ cups arugula
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ lemon
  1. Heat your grill to medium heat.
  2. Place the steak on a sheet tray and brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil using the rosemary as a brush. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the steak to your desired doneness, about 8 minutes per side for medium. Remove the steak from the grill and let it rest before slicing.
  4. Divide the steak between four plates.
  5. Add arugula, cherry tomatoes, and cheese to the plate.
  6. Drizzle the greens with the remaining olive oil and vinegar. Season with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Calories per Serving 476
Total Fat 29.3 g
Saturated Fat 10.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 128.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 4.2 g
Sodium 324.2 mg
Protein 44.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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