Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing



2 lbs boneless beef flat iron grilling steak

1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped, rinsed, drained in a salad spinner

1 cucumber, organic, sliced in 1/2 inch chunks

1 cup tomatoes, grape

1 pack bacon, cooked according to package directions

1/2 red onion, sliced into 1/2 inch rings

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons creole seasonings

2 teaspoons garlic and herb old bay seasonings

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

For the Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon Creole seasonings

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice

dash of hot sauce

For the Garlic Herb Croutons:

1 loaf of french bread, preferably day old

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon creole seasonings

1 teaspoon of garlic and herb old bay seasonings

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon black pepper



Mix steak seasonings together and set aside.

Rinse steak and pat dry with paper napkin. Place into a bowl.

Coat the steaks with olive oil and the spice blend, rub in well. Top with red wine vinegar and lemon juice.

Cover the bowl with saran wrap and place steak into the refrigerator to marinate 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator, bringĀ  to room temperature while you prepare the bacon.

Fry the bacon according to package directions, remove bacon, place onto a paper napkin, reserve the bacon grease.

Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to bacon grease over medium heat.

Add steaks and cook 6-8 minutes per side, basting with pan greases as steak cooks.

Remove from the pan and allow the steaks to rest about 10 minutes before thinly slicing.

Assemble the salad and top with the dressing prior to serving.

To Prepare Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing:

Mix all of the ingredients together, place in an airtight container, refrigerate until cold.

To Prepare the Croutons:

Dice bread into 2 inch chunks, place on a cookie sheet.

Coat with olive oil and spices, mix well.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. Until golden brown. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

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