Big Steak Salad

Total Time:
50 min
35 min
15 min

4 servings

  • Dressing/Marinade:
  • 3/4 cups canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 whole 1-inch rib eye steaks, extra fat trimmed
  • Onion Strings:
  • 2 whole onions
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups canola oil
  • Salad:
  • Lettuce mix: romaine, arugula, watercress, radicchio, etc.
  • 3/4 cups crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 roma tomatoes, sliced

For the dressing/marinade: Combine the oil, both vinegars, lime juice, soy, Worcestershire, chili oil, sugar, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a mason jar with the lid. Shake vigorously to combine; taste and adjust seasonings to taste.

Place the steak in a plastic zipper bag. Pour in half the dressing/marinade and seal. Marinade for 5 to 10 minutes.

For the onion strings: Slice the onions very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with the buttermilk and soak. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne and black pepper and set aside.

Heat the oil to 375 degrees in a large pot. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess and plunge into the hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove to a paper-towel-lined plate as soon as they are golden brown. Repeat until onions are gone.

Grill (or saute) the steak over medium-high heat until medium-rare, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and allow to rest. Slice the steak against the grain in thin slices.

For the salad: In a large bowl, add the lettuce mix, blue cheese and tomatoes. Add a little of the remaining dressing/marinade and toss to combine. Add more if needed.

Heap the salad on a plate, making sure to get plenty of blue cheese and tomatoes on each plate. Add half a steak to the top of each plate, then top the steak with onion strings.

Serve immediately. Yum!

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The steak salad and dressing come together vey quickly and were delicious. I didn't do the onions, but they would be tasty, tho not very healthy . . . Didn't have the chili oil on hand, but dressing was still great. I would season the steak next time with some "compatible" steak seasoning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooo delicious. I added red bell pepper instead of tomatoes and skipped the blue cheese and it was so good. Husband said it was very impressive! The dressing is so tasty too. Will definitely be in rotation!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this salad for my husband and I and he said" I should take a picture before we ate" . We really enjoyed a perfect dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to make, yet packed full of flavor. I've made this multiple times and will keep doing so. I have never added the onions, but that's just a matter of personal preference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing and delicious!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The salad dressing is wonderful - will make it again. I enjoy this program - wonderful show and family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! The onion strings were perfect. Great presentation, great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow what a great idea!!! We changed it uo a bit and used Tri Tip steaks. It was out of this world!!!! Thank you Ree item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't make the salad - but needed an onion ring recipe, and this one turned out GREAT! My family LOVED the onion strings and the recipe was so easy! Thanks, Ree! This recipe for onion strings is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband, boys & I loved it!! We're a salad, meat & potatoes family & this was such a yummy recipe. Love, love, love the ginger in the dressing. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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