Monday, July 30, 2007

Leftover Steak Salad Recipe with Spinach, Radishes, and Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

Leftover Steak Salad(Thanks to all my faithful readers who haven't abandoned me, despite the fact I've been neglecting the blog a bit while I was off attending the Blogher Conference in Chicago. I'd planned to keep up better than I did, but I ended up with what I hope was just a stomach thing in Chicago and was kind of functioning on half power for a few days. However, despite the stomach-ache-from-you-know-where, Blogher 07 was just so much fun! I'll be writing a long post with photos tomorrow to share some of what happened. And yes, for those who were there while I was feeling so crummy, I am going to the doctor!)

This is a recipe I made last weekend before I went to Blogher. Steak is such a quick, easy thing to cook well, especially if you're lucky enough to have a barbecue grill or a pan like my beloved cast iron grill pan that I wrote about recently. You can tell by the recipe archives page for Beef, Pork, and Lamb that I'm not a huge beef eater, but hey, who doesn't like a nice juicy steak? And whenever I'm heating up the grill to cook steak, I'll probably make extra so I can make a salad like this.

The idea for combining steak, radishes, and blue cheese in a salad came from a recipe I saw in the very latest South Beach Diet cookbook, The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook. I added that book to my new page of cookbooks I'm using, because I can tell I'm going to love the book, although this is one of the first things I've cooked from it. If anyone else has the book and has made something from it, let us know in the comments how you liked it.

Leftover Steak Salad with Spinach, Radishes, and Gorgonzola Vinaigrette

(Makes 2 servings, recipe adapted from The South Beach Diet Taste of Summer Cookbook.)

1 large head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
2 large handfuls baby spinach, chopped
10 radishes, quartered lengthwise
1/2 lb. leftover steak, cut into thin strips
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T olive oil
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T crumbled Gorgonzola (or feta could be substituted)

Wash and dry romaine and spinach, coarsely chop and put in large bowl. Wash radishes, cut off stem and root end, and cut lengthwise into fourths.

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and crumbled Gorgonzola. Toss lettuce and spinach with dressing.

Cut steak into strips, put on plate, cover with paper towel and microwave about 20-30 seconds.

Arrange dressed lettuce and spinach on two serving plates. Top with steak strips, and scatter radish pieces over salad. Grind black pepper over and serve immediately.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Salads that use leftover meat like this are a perfect lunch or light dinner option for all phases of the South Beach Diet. Be sure to choose lean cuts of meat and trim most of the fat to avoid saturated fats if you're following South Beach.

More Salads with Steak:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Leftover Steak Salad with Feta Vinaigrette and Kalamata Olives
Steak Salad from Simply Recipes
Sirloin Steak Salad from Christine Cooks
Steak with Arugula from Avenue Foodcounter customizable free hit
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  1. I am quite excited to read your post about Blogher. Mmmm.. gorgonzola!

  2. Welcome home Kalyn! I love to use leftover steak this way, even if it is once in a blue moon. Thanks so much for the link.
    I do hope you're feeling better by now. Please keep us posted.

  3. Can anyone else make leftovers look so good! Oh and gorgonzola, I will be trying that vinaigrette!
    I knew you'd enjoy Blogher, sorry about the belly ache-get that one over quick. Look forward to your run down of the Chicago events!

  4. I love steak salad! We usually grill just for that.
    Bummer about not feeling good at the conference, get better!

  5. Steak salad is a favorite at our house -- especially a version that's Thai inspired. Hope you are feeling better and that your stomach bug didn't keep you from enjoying BlogHer.

  6. That gorgonzola vinaigrette sounds delicious, Kalyn!

  7. what a great photos for those meals - looks very yummy!!!

  8. I can't wait to hear about your fun filled trip to Chicago! But first get some rest and see the Doc! I hope you feel better soon!

  9. It was great meeting you Kalyn! Thank you for all that you did in putting the dinner together and your moderating the food blogging panel. I hope you feel better soon!

  10. Great use of leftover steak and blue cheese is a good fit too!

    Now I'm trying to appreciate radishes...a work in progress.

  11. Kalyn,
    Just wanted to tell you how MUCH I enjoyed your panel on The Art of Foodblogging. It turned out to be my favorite, and you did a masterful job moderating the group. Everyone had something helpful and original to bring to the table and I walked away feeling "full". It was great meeting you.

  12. No one could abandon you! :) I love steak salad, not a big beef eater either--but this is a favorite thing for me. The picture is beautiful.

  13. Oh it's horrible to be sick during the summer, espcially on vacation! I hope you got to do something marginally fun in the Windy City.

  14. Thanks everyone for the nice words. I've been working on my Blogher stuff all day. Finally got the post about the conference up. I'm planning on editing it for days to add new things I find about the conference.

    For those who are worried, I'm going to the doctor tomorrow.

    Lisa and Ree, great meeting both of you too!!

  15. Welcome back! This is a great way to use up leftover steak. I hope you feel better soon!

  16. I usually make Beef Stroganoff with leftover steak but this sounds like a much healthier option. yum. Thanks.


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