Steak Peppercorn Salad

I can’t get enough salad these days. I guess that’s what happens when produce is fresh and in season and down-right delicious. While some nights we enjoy a grilled Caesar salad, and other nights I just throw a bunch of veggies in a bowl with oil and vinegar, still other nights I like to serve salad as our entire meal.

Steak Peppercorn Salad

Having never used green peppercorns before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the dressing on this salad. It reminded me of a peppery creamy dressing you might have at a steak house. Since it’s so flavorful, a small amount goes a long way.

Steak Peppercorn Salad

We enjoyed this salad with steak on top, but it would be equally fulfilling with chicken or shrimp. Or even tofu, I’m sure. And as far as the mix-ins goes, use whatever is fresh in your region or whatever you have on hand. I can’t wait to make this again with the crunch from some red bell peppers.

Steak Peppercorn Salad

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Steak Peppercorn Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

2 8-ounce beef eye round steaks
4 tsp dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
8 ounces white mushrooms, halved or quartered
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt
2 to 3 tsp brined green peppercorns, drained, plus 1 tsp brine from the jar
2 large romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

Directions:

Rub the steaks all over with 1 teaspoon mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook until browned, 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Wipe out the skillet.

Heat 1 more tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until golden, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and continue to cook, stirring, until just soft, 3 more minutes.

Whisk the parmesan, Greek yogurt, 3 tablespoons water, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3 teaspoons mustard, the green peppercorns and brine, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms, lettuce, celery, tomatoes and croutons and toss.

Cut the steak into bite-size pieces; add to the bowl and toss. Divide among plates and top with more parmesan.

Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine

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11 Responses to “Indian Spiced Chickpeas with Spinach”

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    USA Kiwi (Kylee) — February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love a good indian spiced dish – this looks great, and would be perfect to eat at lunchtime!

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    Shannon — February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    this sounds great- so quick and full of flavor, perfect for weekday lunches! hope things are going well in cinci!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      Thanks – things are starting to get settled here. We are closing on a house in a few weeks, so we’ll be moving again soon. Hope all is going well for you back in Boston!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I hope you are finding Ohio welcoming…even though it’s cold! These chickpeas seem like the perfect dish to help you feel warm and cozy.

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      Thanks! We are finding Ohio welcoming. Everyone here is so nice (even if they can’t merge in to traffic to save their life…)

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Chick peas and spinach – always make for a delicious and hearty meal! Definitely a good choice.

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    gerry — February 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Is there a substitute for garam masala?

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Garam Masala has a unique flavor, but it is made from a combination of other spices so I’m sure you could find a substitute on the internet somewhere…

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    Julia — March 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

    This is the perfect go-to recipe for a busy lifestyle…healthful, tasty and so easy to throw together! I hope things settle down for you and your hubs and your place begins feeling more warm and cozy! Meanwhile, you have a delicious satisfying recipe to comfort you!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh yum, this looks so warming and delicious!

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