Big Steak Salad

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the Dressing/Marinade

3/4 cups groundnut oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot chilli oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced or chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
2 whole 1-inch rib eye steaks, extra fat trimmed

For the Onion Strings

2 whole onions
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups canola oil

For the Salad

Lettuce mix: romaine, arugula, watercress, radicchio, etc.
3/4 cups crumbled blue cheese
4 roma tomatoes, sliced

1. For the dressing/marinade, combine the oil, both vinegars, lime juice, soy, Worcestershire, chili oil, sugar, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a mason jar with the lid. Shake vigorously to combine; taste and adjust seasonings to taste.

2. Place the steak in a plastic zipper bag. Pour in half the dressing/marinade and seal. Marinade for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. For the onion strings: Slice the onions very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with the buttermilk and soak. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne and black pepper and set aside.

4. Heat the oil to 190 degrees in a large pot. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess and plunge into the hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove to a paper-towel-lined plate as soon as they are golden brown. Repeat until onions are gone.

5. Grill the steak over medium-high heat until medium-rare, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and allow to rest. Slice the steak against the grain in thin slices.

6. For the salad, in a large bowl, add the lettuce mix, blue cheese and tomatoes. Add a little of the remaining dressing/marinade and toss to combine. Add more if needed.

7. Heap the salad on a plate, making sure to get plenty of blue cheese and tomatoes on each plate. Add half a steak to the top of each plate, then top the steak with onion strings.

8. Serve immediately.

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