I am on a mission to eat everything we have in our freezer and pantry before I buy any more food. It’s sort of how this salad came to be. I say sort of because I actually found this recipe in the latest issue of Fine Cooking, my favorite food magazine. I happened to have two beautiful organic filet mignons in the freezer as well. They were calling my name for a few days.
This salad was meant to be!
Do you ever feel like you buy food even when you have plenty of it at home? I think I do that more now since I started the blog. I made it my goal to use up as much of what I have in the fridge as possible. So far so good. I am, however noticing that the pantry is not emptying out as fast as I wanted, but the fridge is starting to look empty. Maybe if I get it to the point where it’s really empty I can use the opportunity to scrub it as well. Hmmm, not a bad idea. I wonder how that would work with Briana and Kurt when they try looking for snacks.
I must warn you, this is a total MAN salad. The kind of dish you’d see on a menu at a steak house. I’m not kidding, Kurt said it’s one of the best salad’s he’s ever had. We’re having a couple over for a dinner party soon and he asked that I make this for them as well. I think it was really his way of requesting the salad again.
It’s filling too and makes for a great lighter dinner option. It especially works great when served with a glass of chilled wine. Talking about an adult meal, huh?!
What’s your favorite recipe that uses a lot of pantry ingredients?
- 2 filet mignon steaks, you can also use rib eye or any other quality steak meat
- ¼ cup Wasabiyaki marinade (sold in the international isle of your supermarket)
- 2 cups mixed greens or more, depending on how much salad you want
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinaigrette dressing of your choice
- ½ pint cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 large white onion, sliced crosswise in ⅓ inch thick rounds
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
- canola oil
- Place steaks into a large ziplock bags, pour in the Wasabiyaki. Allow to marinade refrigerated for at least two hours. (You can do this step before leaving for work in the morning)
- Brush the onion with a little canola oil. Preheat a stove top grill pan and cook the onion about 3 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.
- Next grill the steaks about 5 minutes on each side, undisturbed. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. It's important to slice against the grain, the steak will be juicier and much more tender.
- Mix the salad greens and tomatoes with the dressing. Arrange on serving plates. Top with grilled onions, sliced steak pieces and blue cheese crumbles.