Blackened Steak Salad

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One of the most-requested items on the lunch menu at the Chicago Chop House.

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Ingredients

  • For spice mixture:
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • For salad:
  • 1/4 C. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 6 C. (packed) mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C. thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 (5 to 6 oz.) beef tenderloin steaks, each about 1/2 inch thick
  • 3 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 6 Tbs. crumbled blue cheese (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 tomato, quartered

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Directions

For spice mixture: Mix all ingredients in small bowl. This can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature. For salad: Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard in large bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens, bell pepper and onion and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 plates. Spread spice mixture on plate. Coat both sides of steaks with spice mixture. Dip both sides of steaks into melted butter. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add steaks and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board; let stand 2 minutes. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. Arrange slices atop salads. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with tomato and serve.

Servings: 2

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