Suggestions for skirt steak salad?
- szmeterling Mar 3, 2009 05:33 AM
Next week, I am going to make a skirt steak salad for a pot luck meal. I would like to use romaine, lightly sauteed shitaake mushrooms, and red onion. Perhaps some fennel.
I am looking for any suggestions on other ingredients and/or dressing flavours. This is to be kosher, so NO cheese or other dairy.
Make a Thai peanut dressing -- easy and delicious with steak/salad. Include fresh mung bean sprouts, shredded carrot (not from a bag). It's a great taste combo.
We always serve our skirt steak with a Chimichurri dressing, there are some delicious recipes for it on line and it goes perfectly with skirt steak! I might even consider using a mix of arugula and spinach instead of romaine but that is just a suggestion (and actually might make it a little soggy) but I am sure any mix of greens will be great. Maybe some large homemade toasted crusty garlic croutons served right on top or on the side. Or thinly sliced roasted red potato rounds, a little crispy around the edges, soft in the center. Just ideas off the top of my head…
A great salad that we have at a restaurant is with mesclun mix (but you can use romaine if you like), sauteed peppers, onions and mushrooms, and goat cheese. The steak is served on top and then everything is dressed with a balsamic vinagrette. But care11's suggestion of a chimichurri dressing sounds amazing. I can't wait to try that personally.
For steak salad, I like make it a little heartier by tossing potatoes with olive oil and salt and then grilling them on a grill pan or on the grill...sort of a steak and potatoes theme. You could also roast them if you don't have a grill pan. They are best at room temp, and taste really yummy when they soak up the dressing. They would pair well with the mushrooms and onions and a few tomatoes. Since you can't use cheese, some toasted walnuts or pine nuts might add another dimension.
We like a balsamic dressing with a touch of garlic, mustard and thyme, but chimichurri sounds great too.
I like the sound of that chimichurri dressing, too. I'd add some toasted pine nuts and some dried tart cherries (chopped) or cranberries. Since it's a pot luck, I would serve any croutons on the side so they don't get a chance to get soggy before everyone serves up.