Salad for dinner usually sounds like a shortcut. Not so fast. Toss together this satisfying, surprisingly hearty mix of sweet and savory ingredients, and serve with a loaf of focaccia on the side. Plan to use the bread to make some steak sandwiches with leftovers tomorrow.

Southern Living


Credit: Greg DuPree

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40 mins
50 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 5 oz. steak, about 2 cups salad)


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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place sweet potato slices on an aluminum foil-lined large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper; toss to coat. Spread potatoes in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, brush steak with 1 tablespoon of the oil, and rub with 1 teaspoon of the salt and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper; let stand 10 minutes. Heat a grill pan over medium-high; brush with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Cook steak 6 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices, reserving steak for sandwiches the following day, if desired.

  • Divide baby greens, arugula, red onion, blue cheese, potatoes, and sliced steak among 4 serving plates. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and remaining 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; drizzle over salads.


Cut foccacia bread in half horizontally; slather cut sides with mayonnaise. Layer reserved steak with arugula, blue cheese, and sliced red onion on bottom half, and cover with top of bread.