Steak Salad with Blue Cheese and Shallots

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It’s the middle of September, and I’m craving things like squash, sweaters and changing leaves. Unfortunately for me, it’s still unbearably hot out — way too hot for a hot meal. Salads are one of our go-to meals during the summer, and luckily for us, last week’s Greenling box was stocked with veggies perfect for salad.

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Loaded with veggies, a light vinaigrette and a hearty blue cheese rounds out a perfect steak salad.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients:
For the steak:

  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • Few grinds of pepper

Lettuce and other salad veggies (we got some beautiful green bell peppers and radishes in our box, along with a big head of Bibb lettuce). Thinly sliced shallots are great with the steak, as are blue cheese crumbles.

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard (I like the whole-grain mustard)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Few grinds of pepper

Directions:

  • Whisk together the soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger and pepper in a bowl. Add the flank steak, trimmed of excess fat, and marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  • While the steak is marinating, prepare the salad.
  • Whisk the ingredients for the vinaigrette together and set aside.
  • Grill the steak over high heat for ~4 minutes per side (for medium-rare steak), then let rest for 3 minutes.
  • Toss the salad in the vinaigrette, then slice the steak against the grain and serve.

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I made the first cut, then realized that I was cutting it the wrong way (with the grain). Oh well. I’m a do-do.

Verdict:
Nice, light meal for the dog days of summer. Flank steak is perfect for salads because you don’t need to gnaw at it to chew it, even when it’s rare like mine is (okay, mine is really rare. Don’t hate.). This marinade has strong flavors that stand up well to the other strong flavors in the salad, like the radishes, shallots, dijon, and blue cheese.

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