Steakhouse Salad

My husband can grill the heck out of a steak, lemme just tell ya.

During our brief encounter with warm weather last weekend (oh, glorious) Rob took it upon himself to clean up and prep the grill which has been calling his name ever since it was covered and retired for the season.

He brought home some beautiful steaks on our warm day and grilled them…in the dark.  Because it’s not light very late at this time of year.  But he prevailed with the help of a flashlight (he’s like a Boy Scout or something) and worked it out in a major way.  Those steaks were amazing – cooked to a perfect medium –  and only made me crave springtime that much more.

They were also huge, so half of mine went in to the fridge after dinner.  Immediately my mind wandered to all of the wonderful things a person can do with half a beautifully grilled New York strip steak.

I knew that this steak just had to be part of a lunchtime salad.  A salad featuring crisp romaine, balsamic caramelized onions and Gorgonzola.

A little bit ‘o brilliant on a salad plate.  If only all salads were this delicious…

Balsamic caramelized onions

1 medium yellow onion

2 tbs unsalted butter

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste

Over medium heat, melt butter.  When foam subsides, add onions and cook until they begin to brown.  Add wine and cook until liquid evaporates.  Add vinegar, salt and pepper and cook down until liquid mostly evaporates.  Remove onions from pan.

Remove pan from heat and very quickly add steak slices to pan – toss them around just to take the chill off, but be careful not to cook any further.  You want that all that yummy flavor and tenderness to stay right where it is.

Layer salad greens, onions and steak slices on plate any which way you choose.  Sprinkle Gorgonzola on top and add a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar.

Of course you can add anything you like to this.  Me, I’m a simple girl.  Although I must admit my first thought was “Wouldn’t crumbled bacon add that extra special something to this salad?”.  Then I slapped myself around a little bit.

Next time, bacon.  Next time.

What’s your favorite salad? Do you or your spouse thrill at the thought of grilling as much as my husband does? Do you know of a good 12 Step group for him?

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I’m not gonna lie, I was a little worried when I saw how much was spent on them – way too much for it to be overcooked, in my opinion – but it was worth the price because they came out beautifully. Plus, grilling = I’m not the one doing the cooking. Score! 😉


I love fruit salads. I have to wait until Spring when fruit’s on sale. I like strawberries, blueberries, oranges, spinach, and walnuts. I’m not big on meat in salads but I’d eat it on the side.

I saw your post about reader questions. I’m looking forward to it. I need all the help I can get.

Mrs. Jen B

I really love fruit in salad – a bed of lettuce or spinach, then apples, pears, dried cherries and cranberries, bleu cheese and walnuts and maybe grilled chicken. Heaven, right there.


Hubby would be in heaven! He loves grilled anything. Great way to use up that NY strip. Of course I do the grilling. Red (my son) bought me the BBQ Bible! for Christmas, a hint for his dad to buy me new grill. Yippee it worked. Practicing tp perfect Kansas city ribs, what fun!


I don’t even like steak, but your pictures make it look good! I don’t know what it is about men and grilling. My father has a little collection of grills. There is his charcoal grill. Then this electric smoker which you can convert to an electric grill. Then he bought himself a gas grill for Christmas.

If you find that 12 step program, let me know about it!

Mrs. Jen B

Aw, thanks! 🙂 Yes. Bacon. I’m kinda disappointed in myself that I didn’t go through with it, had it in the fridge and everything.


Drooling over that steak! I can’t wait for the snow to disappear so we can pull out the grill again! I can close my eyes and almost see the green grass and smell that meat cooking! 🙂


Oh yum! This looks fabulous! We don’t ever retire the grill around here. I’m a mean slave driver and make hubby grill in the dead of winter.. Just kidding 🙂 But he does grill in winter. It is always great to have someone else do the cooking!


This looks fantastic, Jen.

My mouth is watering and your photos (jealous) are getting better and better. Fantastic!


Well that sure looks delicious. And the more onions the better!
Thanks for visiting today. The mozzarella is easy and fun. No great money savings, but fun to do – kinda like a science experiment, but always a success! 🙂


Girl, you are gifted with the camera.

Pdub is all stomping jealous of your skillZ.

This is absolutely mouth watering, and pile on the onions. Just hand me my Prilosec first.


This salad looks delicious! I think my husband would absolutely FLIP over IT! Thanks for sharing (and, yes, bacon is always a yummy plus!)


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