6.29.2011

Top Sirloin Steak Salad


I actually did this meal for my family when they came to dinner one night. I did this awesome steak salad with three-cheese spinach ravioli with sundried tomatoes, walnuts and butter sauce {recipe for the ravioli will be in the next post}. I bought a loaf of french bread from the grocery store, and all of a sudden I had this amazing meal sitting on my table that impressed everyone! I even cooked half the steak medium-rare {which is the way it should be done}, and the other half well-done...just for my Mom! It was SO good! I am a big salad lover and love all kinds. I also love pasta and ravioli, however, I gotta have my meat somewhere in there! The vinaigrette is also homemade and I have included a recipe for that as well. Vinaigrettes are so easy to make at home! The rule of thumb for a basic vinaigrette is one part vinegar to three parts oil with salt and pepper to taste. That is the recipe for a basic vinaigrette but you can add whatever you want and experiment with different flavors to make your own different types of vinaigrettes. Remember that you want to a use a good vinegar such as a wine, rice or balsamic vinegar. Always taste as you season.  Some common ingredients found in a vinaigrette can include: lemon/lime juice, mustards, honey, paprika, orange juice, basil, jams, maple syrup, onion, shallots and more. The possibilities are endless really. I almost always use a white wine vinegar in my vinaigrette, however, I figured with the steak being the main attraction, I would try red wine instead. I was not disappointed.




Top Sirloin Steak Salad
Prep: 15 min. ~ Cook: 10 min. Total: 25 min. ~ Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:
For salad:
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 head of Romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 head of red-rimmed butter lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly into half rings oil
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 top sirloin steaks, grilled and cooled

For vinaigrette:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
4 Tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp. honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette. Refrigerate "til ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuces, spinach, onion, tomatoes and half of the cheese. Toss ingredients with enough of the vinaigrette to coat. Arrange on a serving platter.

Slice the steaks against the grain in thin slices. Arrange on top of the salad. Sprinkle remaining cheese and drizzle more vinaigrette over the entire salad and serve.


~xoxo~


4 comments:

  1. Wow that sirloin looks so good! What a wonderful presentation too!

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  3. I just ate lunch but you're making me soooo hungry! This all looks amazing!

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