Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

?Sabana? Chimichurri Salad

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 24 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 14 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Chimichurri Dressing:

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

3 ounces red wine vinegar

8 ounces olive oil


Sabana Salad:

1/2 pound white mushrooms, cleaned and quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 bunches watercress, washed and stems trimmed

1 carrot, julienned

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 small jicama, peeled and julienned

2 (8-ounce) beef tenderloin fillets

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, red chili flakes, parsley, red wine vinegar, salt and olive oil. In a small hot skillet, saute the mushrooms in olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and deglaze the pan with red wine vinegar. Remove from heat and cool. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the washed watercress, carrots, red bell peppers, jicama and the cooled mushrooms.
  2. To flatten the steaks, coat 4 (15 by 12-inch) sheets of plastic or parchment paper with 1/2 teaspoon each of the oil. Sandwich each tenderloin, with the grain running vertically, between 2 sheets (with the oiled side facing the meat). Flatten each piece with the flat side of a heavy cleaver or mallet, using steady, even sweeping strokes from the center out as you would roll pie dough, until the steak is a thin oval of about 14 by 10 inches. It should be thin like a blanket, hence the name sabana. (It takes about 5 minutes per steak.)
  3. Preheat a lightly oiled very large nonstick skillet or cast iron pan. Peel the paper off the steaks and brush both sides with Chimichurri Dressing. Sear, 1 at a time, in the hot pan, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. Melt butter in a small hot skillet. Crack the eggs in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook eggs sunny side up.
  5. To serve, put a steak on a large serving plate. Toss salad to coat with the remaining Chimichurri dressing and place over the steak. Slide a fried egg on top of each and serve.

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