Black and Blue Salad
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Serves: 4
Crisp romaine lettuce tossed in homemade Caesar dressing topped with blackened pan-seared flank steak, crumbly blue cheese, bacon, croutons, and tomatoes. Tons of flavor in a super simple meal.
  • For the Steak:
  • 12 - 16 ounces flank steak
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ** you can also use store-bought blackened seasoning in place of all these herbs and spices **
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon, juiced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Salad:
  • 2 Romaine hearts, chopped into bite size pieces and thoroughly washed
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
  • 1-2 ounces crumbles blue cheese
  • 1 cup croutons
  1. Take the flank steak from the fridge and let it rest, covered, at room temperature while you mix up the spices. If you need to cook the egg for the dressing put that on the stove now (see note).
  2. Mix the paprika, black pepper, kosher salt, oregano, onion powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and then rub all over both sides of the steak. Heat the oil in a large skillet. You want the skillet HOT.
  3. Add the steak to the hot skillet and sear for 1 to 1½ minutes on each side. Flip it back to the first side, reduce the heat a little (to about medium/medium high) and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side (this will give you medium rare, DEPENDING on the thickness of your steak. If you want to test the doneness of your steak without a thermometer check THIS ARTICLE by Elise at Simply Recipes.
  4. While the steak cooks, make your dressing. Smash just the yolk of the hard boiled egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt. Stir well. Vigorously whisk in the olive oil.
  5. Toss the dressing with the lettuce.
  6. Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. Top the dressed lettuce with the tomatoes, bacon crumbles, croutons, and sliced steak.
I always get my hard boiled eggs to turn out by placing an egg in a small saucepan and covering it with cool water. Bring it to a boil. Let it boil for 9 minutes. Take the pan from the stove, place it in the sink (still in the boiling water) and turn on the faucet, running cold water into the pan for about a minute. Peel the egg under the running water.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at