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Steak Salad with Grilled Red Onions

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 128

This meaty main-course salad has loads of full flavor thanks to a glaze on the steak, a mustardy vinaigrette, and a generous sprinkling of blue cheese.

  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. skirt steak, trimmed and cut in half
  • 4 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 6 oz. baby greens (6 packed cups)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)

Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare a medium-high (400°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

In a baking dish just large enough to hold the steak, combine the Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp. olive oil. Add the steak and turn to coat both sides.

Combine the vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, and several grinds of black pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the 1/4 cup olive oil.

Brush the onion slices with the remaining 2 tsp. olive oil, and grill until tender, about 4 minutes per side. Season the steak with salt and pepper and grill alongside the onion, flipping once, 3 to 5 minutes total for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes.

Toss the greens and tomatoes with just enough of the vinaigrette to coat lightly and divide among serving plates. Slice the steak across the grain, separate the onion into rings, and arrange both over the greens. Sprinkle the blue cheese over the salad, drizzle with additional dressing, if you like, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 450; Fat (g): fat g 32; Fat Calories (kcal): 290; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 10; Protein (g): protein g 30; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 19; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 9; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 590; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 90; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Loved all of the flavor combinations. Made it for two and had about 1/2 # of skirt steak. Would have more next time. Husband complained about salad for dinner; a bit more meat would have helped! Made whole dressing recipe and had only a little left over. Also added on the edges, composed salad style, avocado slices and sliced cremmini mushrooms. Slight drizzle of dressing over all after composition. Such a versitle recipe! The basic is so good, but possibilities abound.

Did not know about "skirt steak" and assumed it was not a terrific steak. But this was easy and unexpectedly flavorful ! I will do it again.

Easy, quick, and delicious. Loved the grilled red onions. I did double the dressing though ... I like my salad a little on the wet side. The combinations of flavors were well thought out. I'll be making this again!

Easy to make. Awesome flavor. Perfect summer meal.

Delicious and easy.

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