Big Steak Salad

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

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
Even my pickiest eaters in my family loved this. I have used the salad dressing for other salads. Definitely a keeper. Thank you Ree. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a piece of leftover steak and remembered seeing the episode where she made this dish. I agree with many of the other posters - the dressing is one of the best I've had, and the onion straws were fantastic! I actually used the recipe from her website that called for candied pecans. That's where I ran into my only trouble - I think I put a little too much syrup on them, so it turned into more of a brittle than candied nuts...so use sparingly if you add the pecans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad is outstanding. It is worthy of serving to guests. Beautiful presentation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best vinegar-based dressing I've ever made! I usually change recipes to adapt to my personal taste, but I made this one as-is including the lime juice. It was outstanding! I keep a knob of peeled ginger in my freezer, so I didn't omit a thing. I also used it as my steak marinade: delicious without overpowering the meat. The Pioneer Woman is now among my top three recipe sources including Ina Garten and Melissa D'Arabian. item not reviewed by moderator and published
...WOW!!! This salad was great!!! My 4 year old Grandson loved the onion rings...and the dressing/marnate I'm gonna try on my fajitas. The family loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for husband's golf group and wives. It was perfect after a boat ride with hors d'ouvres, something heavier would have been too much. The dressing was delicious, the onion frills were easy, and the flavor combinations were just great. People who thought they couldn't eat a thing, cleaned their plates. I can't wait to make it again. All the guests requested the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad is the BOMB! I made it just like you said and it was delicious. The marinade was perfect. I will be using this as a definite go to from now on. I almost didn't make the onion rings, I'm so glad I did. Thank you for a tasty meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In a word....YUM! The onion strings turned our perfect. The marinade made the steak so tender and juicy and it also made the perfect dressing for the salad. When I try new recipes, I always let the family decide if I should make it again. This was a definite yes, even for my picky little one! I read one review that said this is now their favorite dressing and I totally agree. I also couldn't find the chili oil so I made my own by heating a few tablespoons of canola oil and adding a tsp of hot red pepper flakes. I let it sit for a few hours and than added a dash of sesame oil It came out nice and spicy and tasted just like real chili oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dressing/marinade is incredible and everything went so well together. I made this for a family get together and it was a huge hit!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! Made this for dinner tonight. What a hit! I halved the recipe as it was just my husband, daughter, and I. I did not have a lime - didn't even miss it. I didn't have chili oil either, substituted sriracha sauce. Will definitely be a 'make again' item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so disappointed in the dressing. It seems like, so far, I am the only one. I followed the recipe to a tee. It just had a very strange flavor that I did not care for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The onion rings are to die for! This is the best salad I have ever had! Thank you Pioneer Woman! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Three words to describe this salad, BEST.SALAD.EVER. When I saw this on her tv show a few days ago I knew I wanted to make this. My husband loves steak but I wanted to try something outside of the normal "steak and potato" type of meal. I must admit I was a little hesitant to make this because of the ingredients in the marinade, but words cannot describe how delicious it was! The steak was super tender, and the onion strings on top were such a nice addition to this salad! I let my steaks marinate for about 3 hours. I'll definitely be making this over and over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing! My husband and I both loved this salad - the dressing/marinade is fantastic. I switched out the sugar for a little bit of honey. Next time, I'll also do a better job of mincing the ginger. It was good restaurant quality - maybe better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never made a Pioneer Woman recipe before, but I saw this on TV and kept craving it. I made it for dinner for my husband and me, and it was AMAZING. We both thought it was the best salad we'd ever had (of course, it helps that it has delicious meat and friend onions on it... We also thought the dressing was so good that I will probably start using that recipe whenever I want to marinate meat or make a fresh salad dressing. I marinated the meat for about an hour, and that was plenty of time for it to take on the flavor of the marinade. item not reviewed by moderator and published
BEST. SALAD. EVER. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great marinade/salad dressing. I already had some left over try-tip, so I only made the dressing and the salad. It made for a quick and great tasting dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Made this for dinner, perfect quick meal for a busy day. I did not add hot chili oil, marinated the steak for four hours prior to grilling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing. The marinade/dressing is so delicious! This is a can't miss recipe that is already in by personal file. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the hot chili oil so I had to make the dressing/marinade without it but it was still sooo good! And I love how you can use the same ingredients for both the marinade and dressing. I was short on time so I have to confess that instead of making onion rings I sprinkled store bought French Fried Onions on top of the salad and it was really good! This recipe is definitely a keeper!! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes! The Pioneer Woman, Ina and the 'rod stewart' hair chef....(LOL!!!) are the best! Also LoVE Bobby Flay. item not reviewed by moderator and published
recipe she made it so simple and easy.... I Love the way she demonstrate everything I have been following her lately... can any of you answer which girl pan you guys recommend I am looking to buy one and just want make I get the correct one... thanks look forward to hear back suggestion... item not reviewed by moderator and published

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