Steak Salad Recipe with Vidalia Onion Dressing
I am not a huge salad person, but this recipe has made me change my mind.
I love this Steak Salad Recipe! Full of Protein and amazing goodness!
I use to like salads as a meal just fine until one day my good friend, whose name is also Nicole, gave me a shocking revelation that would change the way I see eating salad as a meal forever. First let me say, my friend Nicole is the cheapest person that you will ever met. I guarantee it. This woman deconstructs the value of the cost of every thing she purchases and reduces the value of the object down to nothing. Do you know what I mean? Let me give you an example, Nicole will take the cost of a $30 dollar steak from a steakhouse and say that is too expensive when she can go to Golden Corral three times and pay $10 and eat all the steak she wants WITH all the sides she wants. It makes sense right? However, most of us know that a $30 steak from a steakhouse is way better than the steaks a chain buffet restaurant. But do you get Nicole’s logic? Just a little? Let me tell you how Nicole completely stole my joy of ordering salads.
When Nicole and I first met, we went out to eat for lunch at Max and Erma’s ( I think). She was looking at the Black Bean Burger and I was looking at some sort of salad ( I can’t remember what kind). All I remember was being super excited about that salad and in one brilliant yet horrible sentence, my friend Nicole took away any chance of me ordering a restaurant salad forever when she said, “Why would you order a $13 salad when you can buy a bag of salad mix for $2?” Isn’t that horrible?! I know that the rest of the ingredients will add up but that simple logic killed it for me. Well if my Steak Salad could be sold, it would change Nicole’s philosophy on buying salad because it is amazing!
I can’t stand tangy dressings. I am not a fan of Balsamic Vinaigrette’s, Italian Dressing, or anything else…tangy. It’s not that they aren’t good, it’s just something with my taste-buds that just don’t agree with them anymore. I prefer sweeter dressings. I figured out how to make Homemade Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette and it is amazing. It’s sweet and has that caramelized onion taste with a slight tang. It’s perfect for this Steak Salad Recipe. Also, this was the easiest dressing I ever made. I am so impressed with myself, I think I am going to do the M.C. Hammer dance. Try this awesome Steak Salad Recipe with Vidalia Onion Dressing today!
UH-OH UH-OH UH-OH
HERE COMES NICOLA!!!!
AND I’M OUT! [Drop the spatula]
- 1 medium Vidalia Sweet Onion, diced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ c. Olive Oil
- 6 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1½ tsp. dry mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- ½ tsp. celery seed
- 1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 2 oz. Spring Salad Mix
- 2 eggs, boiled and sliced
- 5-6 Cucumber slices
- 2 tbsp. toasted pecans & cranberries
- 2 tbsp. Smoked Gouda cheese
- 2 oz. Steak Sirloin
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Using a medium saute pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and allow the onions to caramelize until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Once the onions have caramelized, set aside and allow to cool.
- Using a food processor, add the onions, vinegar, honey, dry mustard, grated garlic cloves, celery seed, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Pulse the ingredients and slowly pour in the olive oil. If the dressing is too think for your liking, continue to pour little amounts of oil to thin the dressing.
- Pour dressing in a an air tight container until ready to serve.
- Sprinkle the 2 ounce steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Using another medium saute pan and place on medium to high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sear the steak for 3-5 minutes on both sides. Allow the steak to rest before slicing.
- Place the greens on a plate, slice the hard boiled eggs and place on greens, add the sliced steak, cucumbers, Gouda cheese, and sprinkle with pecans. Finally, pour the Vidalia Onion Dressing on top and enjoy!