Bruschetta-Topped Grilled Flank Steak

"Here is something a little different from the ordinary grilled steak. It's great to serve to summertime guests, or anytime you're in the mood for a tasty meal. It's delicious served hot or cold, so if you wanted to transport it for a potluck or party, pack the steak and topping separately, then put them together when you arrive."
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  • Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking.
  • In bowl, combine 1/4 cup pesto, 1/4 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper. Stir in next 5 ingredients; reserve.
  • Combine oregano with remaining pesto, salt and pepper. Rub over both sides of steaks. Grill, turning once, 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let stand 10 minute before slicing.
  • Transfer steak to serving platter. Top with half of tomato mixture. Serve with remaining tomato mixture.

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