My girls helped me in the kitchen last night before they went out trick or treating for Halloween. This was a quick meal to put together and it was delicious. The spice rub was perfect on the steak. If you're a fan of blue cheese, you will love the combination of the cheese with the beef. If your kids don't like Blue Cheese (like mine), just don't include it on their plate. The salad dressing uses a few ingredients and it was light and refreshing. This was a very good salad entree meal that my family will make again. For other family meal tips, check out The Kids Cook Monday website.
Barbecue Sirloin and Blue Cheese Salad
Recipe by Cooking Light
Yield: 4 servings
(serving size: about 1 1/2 cups salad, 3 ounces steak, and 2 tablespoons cheese)
2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 pound lean sirloin steak, trimmed
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups torn Bibb lettuce ( I used 1 bag of pre-packaged Sweet Butter lettuce mix)
3/4 cup thinly sliced peeled cucumber
1 cup red bell pepper strips ( I used a green bell pepper - that's what I had in my fridge)
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1. Combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; rub evenly over both sides of steak.
2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 5 minutes. Turn steak over; cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across grain into thin slices.
3. Combine vinegar, mustard, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk. Combine lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, and shallots in a large bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad; toss gently to coat. Top salad with steak and cheese.
Note: I did add a little more oil to my salad dressing based on my taste. Adjust how much oil you use based on how you like the taste of your salad dressing.
Marissa read the recipe on her own and mixed up the steak spice rub......
.......and rubbed the spice mixture on both sides of the sirloin. Marissa also mixed up the salad dressing and Mariah helped me cut the vegetables for the salad.
My husband, Mike, grilled the steak and cut it in thin slices. The rub on the steak was delicious and it's one I will use again.
Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: All-in-one meals like this are a great way to get your lean protein and vegetables all in one plate. You can take your favorite grilled beef, chicken or shrimp and add it to a salad with your favorite vegetables. Try a light and flavorful vinaigrette like this one to complete the taste.
Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!