Three events led to me this salad: A photo of a grill, herbs, and the hated weekly newspaper. All seemingly unrelated, but they came together in the perfect food storm.
I saw a grill in Bon Appetit magazine – it was the Kudu grill and I had to have it. After a tad bit of research, and a quite bit of begging to management because I had just bought a grill that same week, I ordered it. Big disappointment when I was put on a waiting list. Ok, whatever, I can wait.
Meantime, my life goes on, oatmeal, daily salads and everything. But now, I’m loving fresh herbs in my salad more. So I rabbit on. Seemingly unrelated, these two things.
Ugh. The paper.
But in walks the hated weekly newspaper. For 18 years I lived in a commercial district. I never got a weekly paper. You know the one, with the ads for the grocery stores and such. But now that I live with real people and real neighbors, I get this paper. I hate it. I’m not gonna lie, when I see the thing sitting on my grass, (I still haven’t figured out why they can’t get it on the cement), I want to hurt someone. On a really crappy, rainy day I want to hurt myself, just scoop my eyes out so I don’t have to see the paper again. I just hate. that. stupid. newspaper. But my wife likes to do the lookysee with that paper, so … yeah.
Then this beautiful day came, quite by surprise. My Kudu grill showed up at my door!! That same day the stupid weekly paper ad thingie came. And my wife found a spicy herb steak salad recipe in it.
She knew I was weak at that moment because I was looking to throw something on that grill. “You know that paper that comes every week? I found a recipe in there. It’s a steak herb salad thing. You’re gonna love it. Let’s try it with the new grill!”
My gut reaction was to hate the recipe just because she found it in that stupid paper. But y’all, I couldn’t. Fresh chopped basil, cilantro, green grapes, arugula, jalapeños! And of course, my dry aged ribeye – on my new grill. Happy days!
I still hate that paper. But before I snatch that badger up behind my wife’s back and bitch the whole way to the recycle bin, I’ll see if there’s a recipe in there that catches my eye. ; )
Grilled Steak with Spicy Herb Salad
Bright herbs, the slight tang of rice wine vinegar, and meaty, marinated steak come together to make the perfect salad.
- 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup green grapes, halved
- 1-2 small jalapeños, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 1 big zip-top bag or container to marinate in
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce, I like La Choy
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 pound steak
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 4 cups spring mix salad
- 1/4 cup sliced watermelon radish, sliced or another vegetable
- 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
In the ziplock bag or whatever container you’re going to marinate in, add shallots, brown sugar, soy sauce, oil, and pepper. Shake or whisk to combine and add the steak. Shake to coat. If you’re using a container you may want to flip the steak every now and then. Marinate for 1 hour to overnight.
When ready to cook the steak, get your grill preheated. Remove the steaks from the marinade, but don’t get rid of the marinade. Save it! Grill on each side to your preferred doneness. 125° for medium rare, 130° for medium, or up to 170° for well done. Place the marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil then simmer for at least 10 minutes to reduce by half. Set aside.
When the steaks are done, remove to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
While your steak is resting, throw the salad greens, herbs, green onions, grapes, jalapeños, radish (or other veg) and carrots in a large bowl. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper in the bowl along with the 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar. Gently toss to coat.
Slice the steak and serve over the salad greens. Drizzle the reduced marinade over the steak.
If you’re doubtful 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar is enough for this salad, don’t be. There is so much flavor in the herbs and spring mix, steak and sauce reduction that it’ll be enough. However, if you feel you need some ranch or blue cheese, or whatever, go for it, but please give it a try as is first. The flavors are so freakin’ bright!
If you don’t like spring mix, you can use just plain old lettuce. Love tomatoes? Add ’em! Don’t feel you can do without cucumbers? Add them too! Afraid of a little heat? Remove the seeds and membrane from the pepper or use a milder one. Can’t find watermelon radish? Just substitute another veg you like.
The best way to determine doneness of a piece of meat is a thermometer. I love my Thermopro. You’ll get exactly the temperature of meat that you like if you use a thermometer – just takes the guess work out of it.