It’s officially too hot in Austin to cook so big, veggie-filled salads it is! BMW and I are big fans of wholesome, hearty salads for dinner during weeknights. They are easy enough to throw together, have a lot of nutrition and feel like you’re eating a good meal. We occasionally will add a glass of wine or some chocolate afterwards to round the meal out. This steakhouse salad with blue cheese dressing is just what we needed this week!
BMW and I are both fans of date night in meals. I am always searching for recipes to make that feel a little indulgent but aren’t too calorie heavy (this salad is meant to be eaten as a meal!) and of course are easy enough to throw together after work! That’s where this blue cheese dressing came in. I was craving a steakhouse salad but didn’t really want the whole steakhouse experience, so I whisked this up and voila– date night!
I was even able to use some tomatoes from our garden!
Steakhouse Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Makes two servings
1 single serving head of romaine lettuce; about 3 cups chopped
1 cup of baby spinach, chopped
2 strips of bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup diced yellow tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly diced cucumbers
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1lb flat iron grass-fed beef
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Make the dressing first. Begin by whisking together blue cheese, cream, vinegar, garlic and onion powder. Let sit covered in the fridge until a few minutes before serving so flavors can meld. Can be made 1-2 days in advance.
- Pat each side of the steak with salt and pepper. Sear on high heat in a cast iron pan for 2 minutes per side. This is will make a rare steak, add an additional minute per side for a medium temperature. Use a thermometer to get it exactly where you want it!
- Chop lettuce and spinach and toss together. Cut cup onion, cucumber and tomatoes and add to lettuces.
- Plate the lettuce and vegetables. Top with dressing and crumbled bacon. Black pepper and salt to taste. Enjoy immediately!
What are your favorite salads?