I always consider it a personal victory when I make a healthy meal that Marc really, truly enjoys. I don’t usually dare call a salad “dinner” but we have an abundance of greens and squash from our CSA so I dreamt up this salad and crossed my fingers. I also had bought a steak to try out a new dry rub recipe that our new neighbors had given us, so steak salads it was. You can understand now why when we were eating these salads for dinner the other night and Marc said “I could eat this salad every night” I did a mental victory dance. Salad for the win!
This grilled veggie and steak salad was a big hit between Marc and I. We both loved the rub on the steak, which is a combination of black pepper, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and coffee and while it sounds strange, somehow all of the spices work so well together. I was also a big fan of the grilled veggies on the salad as they add a ton of flavor and different textures. You could definitely use other veggies that you have on hand – zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, you name it.
Then there’s the blue cheese and chive dressing. It may take 2 more minutes to make this dressing than it would to pull out a bottle of blue cheese dressing from the refrigerator, but I promise it’s worth it. If you buy a good blue cheese, the flavor will really stand out and make a difference. And finally, the grilled croutons. They were charred and crispy on the outside, but still a little soft on the inside. I also loved the flavor that a little bit of garlic salt added to them. All together, the different components work together really well.
So as you may have noticed, this salad has a lot going on, and probably a few more steps than you’d typically take for a salad. Like I mentioned, you make your own dressing but really (truly!) this is a breeze as you just toss the ingredients in a food processor and pulse away. Then, you also have three different components on the grill: the veggies, the steak, and the croutons. You could certainly skip the step of grilling the croutons and buy pre-made or bake them instead, but we really loved the flavor from grilling them. Once the steak, veggies, and croutons are prepared, it’s just a matter of timing. Put the veggies on first as they’ll take a bit longer, around 20-25 minutes depending on what veggies you use. Then put the steaks on, and once those are done the veggies should be just about ready too. Lastly you’ll throw the croutons on the grill for a couple of minutes while the steak rests.
So yes, a number of steps, but I didn’t find it too overwhelming, especially with a cute sous chef to help out and a gorgeous summer evening to enjoy on the patio.