Thursday, September 24, 2009

Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad



Salads are definitely one of my favorite everyday meals. But if I'm going to have a salad, especially for dinner, it has to be something that's going to sustain me, keep me full and have lots of flavor. And here it is.

This salad is so rich and meaty that even my husband was able to eat it without complaining that all he's eaten is "rabbit food." The smoky steak, and crumbled pungent Gorgonzola are rounded off perfectly with a slightly sweet Dijon vinaigrette. It's very rich, but not overwhelming, a perfect dinner.

Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad
Cooking Light September 2009

Ingredients

2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 pound lean sirloin steak, trimmed
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar (i used a flavored rice vinegar, i liked the sweetness)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon EVOO
6 cups torn Bibb lettuce (I used romaine)
3/4 cup thinly sliced, peeled cucumber
1 cup thinly sliced red pepper strips (i did tomato instead)
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (I used Gorgonzola)

Directions

1. Combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; rub evenly over both sides of steak.

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add stead to pan; cook 5 minutes. Turn steak over; cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across grain into thin slices.

3. Combine vinegar, mustard, remaining salt and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk. Combine lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, and shallots in a large bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad; toss gently to coat. Top salad with steak and cheese.

Serves 4: 1 1/2 cups salad, 3 oz steak and 2 TB cheese

Per Serving: 269cal, 12.4g fat, 9.4g carb, 2.6g fiber, 57mg chol

Points per Serving: 6

27 comments:

Palidor said...

If I eat salad, I want it to be substantial too. Sirloin and cheese is the perfect way to make it a meal!

Chow and Chatter said...

what a great salad and the yummy liked it as well lol

Melody said...

Yum. My husband would love that too!

jscardon said...

Wow!! This is going on the menu TODAY. Nothing is better than beef and blue cheese!

Erica said...

Nice work! I had to play with salad combos forever to find one my husband really liked! I do a shrimp salad for him that he goes nuts over. Next week I do plan to do a spinach salad with steak that I think he will like ;)

girlichef said...

Ah bleu cheese & beef...delicious combo :D

♥peachkins♥ said...

Rabbit Food..lol! i love this salad..

Lara said...

I love a good hearty salad for dinner and it is so hard to find a good one. This looks like something I could convince my whole family to try!

Debbie said...

I am always in the mood for a good salad....the steak looks terrific!

Barbara Bakes said...

The salad looks delicious and I liked it even more when I saw it was a Cooking Light recipe!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

This looks excellent!! I hardly ever think to pair up steak with salad. Genius.

Kim said...

Oh no, not another hubby who calls salad "rabbit food"?? My hubby calls it the same thing and he just plain won't eat it. It's too bad for him, because this looks delicious. I love the sound of the dijon dressing.

Judy said...

This sounds delicious, Teresa, and very filling and satisfying too.

Katy ~ said...

Oh boy, oh boy. Restaurant quality served at home. This one is a winner!

the ungourmet said...

Beef and blue cheese are two of my husband's favorite things on earth!

Very nice!

HoneyB said...

Looks GREAT!

Cathy said...

This is one of my favorite salads. Its substantial and yet I feel I'm still eating healthy. Looks delish.

Elizabeth said...

Salad's with beef are an awesome contrast - this one looks really interesting!

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds like he perfect summer meal. Gorgonzola is a favorite of mine.

burpandslurp said...

You picked the PERFECT cheese to go with that sirloin! I wouldn't have picked any other! Yum!

Pam said...

Low points for a delicious and healthy salad - perfect.

Kathy said...

Yummm! Gorgeous photos! I should not be craving steak this early in the morning!!!

Ingrid said...

I love salad as a meal. As a matter of fact more times than not I order a salad whenever I go out to eat.
~ingrid

figtree said...

This sounds like the perfect salad..I love blue cheese, when I was little I thought it tasted like crayons..how far Ive come! I will be making this salad.Figtreeapps

Katherine Aucoin said...

This is definitely a salad that would sustain me!

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