For me this Blackened Steak Salad is the perfect way to eat steak. I get to enjoy a big salad and the juicy slices of meat make it feel like a special treat. Of course it’s just a salad so you can adjust the amounts of every ingredient to your liking but some combinations are worth repeating. For me this is one of them.
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American journalist and food advocate Michael Pollan, published a collection of 64 food rules in his book, Food Rules. He has promoted them for many years and rule #1 is Eat Food. The Food Rules are to increase awareness of the food we eat, specifically what is real food and what are food-like substances. I like the idea, I read labels and I try to avoid foods with long ingredient lists made in factories. I’ll be working on this one forever.
When I decided to post this recipe my husband wanted to cook the best steak, a rib eye. I immediately thought of food rule #44 – Pay More, Eat Less. Many people believe that in Alberta we have some of the best beef in the world and we think that too. For this salad we cooked a two-inch thick rib eye steak and it was worth every penny but cooking a perfect steak is a skill to be mastered. You need to take the time, pay attention to the details and probably use a thermometer. To eat less simply slice up the meat, people always eat a smaller portion when it’s served like that. Plus, you can cook a single steak and serve several people.
Much has been written about the safety of spices on a gluten free diet and in your kitchen you must decide what is best for you. I think these are two important points to consider:
Kitchen Tip – Keep extra spice bottles in your kitchen to store any spice combinations you make. Be sure to label them in the moment.
The correct tools make cooking more enjoyable and over time you can’t help but collect them. These are the tools you could use to make this Blackened Steak Salad:
Now get out there and grill up a gorgeous steak, with this blackening spice mix or your own favourite spice combination. Let me know in the comments below how your salad turned out.
Check out my BLOG post that is a Round Up of Summer Salads.
|BLACKENED SPICE MIX|
|3 Tbsp smoked paprika (or substitute regular paprika)|
|2 tsp onion powder|
|1½ tsp salt|
|1 tsp garlic powder|
|1 tsp black pepper|
|1 tsp dried thyme|
|1 tsp dried oregano|
|½ tsp cayenne|
|4 oz Gorgonzola cheese|
|6 Tbsp olive oil|
|2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar|
|1 Tbsp coarse-grained mustard or Dijon|
|2 large garlic cloves, chopped|
|2 tsp dried basil|
|8 cups mixed lettuce|
|½ cup basil leaves|
|1 red pepper, roasted and sliced|
|¼ small white onion, sliced thin|
|1 cup cherry tomatoes|
|12 garlic cloves, roasted|
|16 oz rib eye steak, 1½-2 inches thick|
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