Unless you don’t eat meat, I’m not sure I know anyone that doesn’t like a really good steak sandwich. I took all the greatest elements out of the sandwich and added them to a salad. While salads are usually pretty simple to make, this one is busy – a lot of elements, but trust me, it’s totally worth it. For extra flavor, I marinated the steak in a black pepper sauce, but it isn’t necessary. Salt and pepper would be just fine. The crispy onions strings and homemade balsamic vinaigrette are an added bonus! I don’t like to overload my salads with meat, so one 8 oz steak is plenty for Nate and me for dinner. Of course you could add croutons and/or a good cheese if you feel it’s necessary.
Steak Sandwich Salad
1 8 oz steak (marinated if desired)
1 large onion, sliced thin
1/2 green pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
4 cups salad lettuce
1/2 tomato, diced
1. In a small pan, heat olive oil over low heat. Add 1/2 of the sliced onions and cook over low heat to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add green peppers for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
2. Meanwhile, cook steak over medium heat (or grill) to desired doneness. About 5 minutes on each side for medium. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
3. In another pan, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium high heat.
4. In a small bowl, add remaining sliced onions and buttermilk. Toss to coat. In a shallow dish, combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Dredge onions in flour to coat. Repeat dipping onions in buttermilk and then flour so they are double coated. Add coated onions to hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Construct salad by adding lettuce and topping with chopped tomatoes, camelized onions and peppers, sliced steak, and crispy onion strings. Finish with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Of course you could add your favorite cheese if you like, possibly a swiss or provolone.