Grilled Steak Salad

Grilled Steak Salad
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Grilled Steak Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl stir together first 10 ingredients. Sprinkle steaks generously on both sides with spice rub, pressing gently to slightly adhere. Drizzle with oil and rub paste evenly over steak. Cover and set aside at room temperature while grill preheats.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high.
  3. Clean and dry mixed greens ( I like to use a salad spinner). Clean and slice vegetables, subbing in others as you like.
  4. Grill steak to desired doneness. 4-5 minutes per side for a medium 1" steak. It will depend on thickness of steak. Remove steak and cover with foil and allow to rest at least 5 minutes.
  5. While steak rests, arrange mixed greens on plate and top with sliced vegetables and crumbled goat cheese.
  6. Slice steak across the grain and arrange on salad. Drizzle with Catalina dressing and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I recommend using homemade dressing, you just can't beat it.  Here's a link to my Catalina Dressing.

Catalina Dressing

 

Grilled Tomatillo Avocado Dip


Grilled Tomatillo Avocado Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Grilled Tomatillo Avocado Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium. Peel onion and cut into 1" thick slices. Cut lime in half. In a large bowl combine, tomatillos, jalapeños, lime halves and onion slices. Drizzle with oil to coat lightly.
  2. Grill vegetables until starting to char and blister, turning occasionally to slightly char evenly, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor add grilled tomatillos, onion, avocado, cilantro and garlic. Cut stem from jalapeños and cut in half, scoop out seeds and add flesh to processor. Juice grilled lime and add to processor. Pulse until combined but still a little chunky. Season with salt and garnish with additional cilantro and chopped red onion. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or chill until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

The purpose of grilling is to impart a slightly smoky charred flavour.  You only need to char the vegetables a little here to get the flavour.  Too much char will lead to bitterness.

Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp


Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Spicy Grilled Vodka Shrimp
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium high. In a medium bowl combine, oil, garlic, lime juice, chili flakes, salt and cumin. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and toss with oil mixture. Thread shrimp alternating with jalapeño slices onto skewers being sure to skewer through head and tail of shrimp thereby making the shrimp lay flat.
  2. Place a cast iron platter or grill plate onto grill and allow to heat for at least 10 minutes. Grill shrimp for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until slightly charred, turning once or twice to get good char coverage.
  3. At the grill remove shrimp and jalapeño slices from skewers onto cast iron plate. Remove from grill, turn off grill and close lid. While everything is hot, pour vodka over shrimp and ignite using a BBQ lighter. Flames will shoot 2-3 feet high and quickly dissipate. Serve immediately garnished with chopped cilantro, red onion and lime wedges.
Recipe Notes

-If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak accordingly. You should be able to fit 4 shrimp onto each skewer, divided by jalapeño slices.

-It's important to use cast iron for this.  Using ceramic, metal or anything with a coating is likely to crack and chip after pouring liquid on its hot surface.

-DO NOT DO THIS INDOORS!

Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad


Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Crutons
Salad
Servings: people
Instructions
Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large bowl toss together bread cubes, dill, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and toss until evenly coated. Spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, turning once. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to use.
Salad
  1. Place spinach in a large bowl. Whisk together mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium size skillet fry bacon until starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Scoop out bacon with a slotted spatula to a paper towel lined plate, leaving approximately 3 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. In same pan over medium heat sauté garlic in bacon fat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add red onion and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook, tossing often for 1 minute. Pour in dressing and add bacon, stir to combine Pour over spinach while hot and toss to coat the spinach. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Garnish with shaved cheese, croutons and fresh dill. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a complete meal.  Makes 6-8 side servings or 4 main course servings.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
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A bright and zesty pasta salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
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A bright and zesty pasta salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, approximately 10 minutes until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until pasta is cool. Set aside.
  2. In a small skillet over medium high heat saute pancetta until rendered and crispy 5-7 minutes. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic, and mustard until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Combine pasta, spinach, tomatoes, olives, red onion, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, herbs and pancetta. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Add cracked pepper and salt to taste. Makes about 5 cups and is best the day it is made.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source:  Compelled to Cook