Grilled Steak Salad with Walnut Dressing

Add a side of fresh blueberries, strawberries, or mango.

Grilled Steak Salad with Walnut Dressing
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
4 servings


  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

  • 2 pounds flat-iron, hanger, or tri-tip steak

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Chicago steak seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 2 large red onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, torn

  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese


  1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Sauté 1 thinly sliced small onion in 1/2 cup hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and tender. Add walnuts and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until walnuts just begin to turn golden brown. Remove from heat, and cool 5 minutes.

  2. Rub steak with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, steak seasoning, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Toss 1/2-inch onion slices with remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil.

  3. Grill steak, covered with grill lid, 5 to 7 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. At the same time, grill thick onion slices, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove steak and onions from grill, and let stand 5 minutes. Thinly slice steak. Reserve half of steak and onions for Steak Wraps.

  4. Whisk together vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in walnut mixture. Add 1/4 tsp. pepper and remaining 1/2 tsp.salt. Reserve 1/2 cup vinaigrette for Steak Wraps.

  5. Toss lettuce and grilled onions with 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a large bowl; arrange on a serving platter. Top with grilled steak. Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup vinaigrette.

  6. LEFTOVER DINNER Steak Wraps: Coarsely chop reserved onions from Grilled Steak Salad with Walnut Dressing. Stir together 4 oz. softened cream cheese and reserved 1/2 cup vinaigrette until smooth. Spread on 1 side of 4 (9-inch) plain wraps. Top each with 10 baby spinach leaves. Divide reserved steak and onions among wraps; sprinkle with 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese. Roll up. Makes 4 wraps.

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