Sirloin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

I get scorned a lot for not having salad recipes.  Honestly it is because I rarely ever eat them.  That used to be the case until I decided to get a little adventurous and started throwing all of my favorite foods in a bowl with spinach.  That pretty much means I can make anything a salad.  Hence why there is steak, bacon, goat cheese and lots of other goodies in this one. I am thinking about putting a note on all my recipes that states if you want to make a salad, just serve this over greens.  Then I can say I have 289 salad recipes including brownie salads, cookie salads, cake salads. Okay that sounds gross, back to this delicious salad that you can modify anyway you like and put together in five minutes, especially if you have delicious leftovers relaxing in the fridge.

 

Steak Salad

I chose to use an amazing grass-fed sirloin I picked up from Tx Bar Organics and paired it with bacon I made myself.  That is a winning combination in any book.  There is so much winning I am actually going to go make this recipe again when I finish typing this post.  Oh wait I forgot something, I know a few people are going to ask me how I make my own bacon.  I use the recipe from Beyond Bacon that Stacy & Matt wrote for everyone or I buy my bacon from Pete’s Paleo.

Steak Salad

I know you are going to be shocked, but I am actually having trouble finding words to fill up this post.  I don’t want to blame all the bacon I ate for putting me in a food coma, but it might actually be true.  I will keep this a short read for you, I just have a question.  What is your favorite homemade salad, dressing or combination of the two?  Leave me a comment and let me know so I can step up my salad game.

Steak Salad

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Sirloin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Instructions
Salad
  1. Place all of your spinach in the bottom of a large salad bowl
  2. Place your bacon in 1/6th of the bowl, then your goat cheese in 1/6th, then your almonds, cranberries, tomatoes and red onion
  3. Add your grass-fed sirloin or any meat of your choice to the middle of your salad
  4. Enjoy with the dressing of your choice or the one below
Dressing
  1. Combine your balsamic vinegar, garlic, and salt and pepper in a food processor and continually run until everything is well combined
  2. Turn your processor on and let it run and slowly drizzle in your olive oil as your dressing emulsifies
  3. Once combined, serve on the side or your salad or drizzle your salad and toss
  4. Enjoy

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39 Comments

  1. as usual, i come late to the party.

    mmmm, salads! My 11 year old carnivore LOVES salad greens. She thinks she’s being ‘bad’ by sneaking romaine leaves….

    Anyhow, for a super quick dressing, when you are grilling that steak, grill half a lemon or lime, or orange or grapefruit, and then let cool a little. squeeze a little on the greens, sploosh some of your fave oil on top, and there you have it.

    another great and easy one? balsamic reduction drizzled on top – fast and easy and you can spritz with some of your fave oil again.

  2. I came up this this idea of making a salad out of anything in the fridge that I actually eat a month a so ago. Since I am the only one who is gluten free in the house, I hate to cook just for myself. This salad looks good!

  3. I love beef on salad greens of any sort. They are actually a classic combination. Also, I discovered Paleo Power Lunch by Stormy Sweitzer about a year ago, and she has wonderful combinations in her ebook. I highly recommend it! I love several different dressings. I love using orange juice and lemon juice in my dressings. And now I make paleo mayo every week since I discovered the stick-blender foolproof method. It totally works every time and it is wonderfully delicious. My personal formula is 2 T fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp dry mustard, salt, a sprinkle of cayenne, a whole egg, and about 2/3 cup “light” olive oil. Put the stick blender down in the bottom and voila, in less than a minute (literally) you have mayonnaise to use in everything–including one of my favorites, lettuce and tomato and avocado with mayo and a bit of lemon juice. Thanks for this post!

  4. I’ve been using the basil vinaigrette recipe from Against All Grain’s cookbook a lot lately. It is even better the next day and still tastes good when you omit the honey.

    We’ve been on a salmon nicoise salad kick lately. I like roasting the green beans and the red potatoes instead of steaming them. After seeing this recipe, I think a shrimp cobb salad might be what’s for dinner tonight!!

    Thanks George.

  5. I have to say I’m a sucker for a good salad. Growing up, my mom made the best caesar salad, which I realize doesn’t sound all that amazing, but it really is. It’s basically your typical immulsion (eggs, dijon, capers, anchovies, olive oil, salt, pepper…you know the drill). I love to add bacon, parmesan cheese (yeah ok, not so paleo), and steak (two sources of protein always get me excited). It’s just such a comforting meal!

    I’m also a sucker for a good tradional spinach salad with egg, onion, bacon, mushrooms. (Yum) I recently discovered a summer salad from Chuck Hughes and subbed the canola oil in the dressing for light olive oil. http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chuck-hughes/peach-and-blue-cheese-salad.html

    That one has blue cheese also. Obviously, I eat a little more on the PB side of things. Sometimes I just can’t resist a delcious cheese! Happy salading!

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