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Bachelor Salad

(recipe, Andrew Swallow)


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Introduction

You got it, here's what every guy wants to eat all the time: meat and potatoes. I designed this salad at Mixt Greens to win over men and get them to start eating salad. Putting these ingredients together almost forces them to try it — it's one of the bestsellers at the restaurants and has been for more than three years.

Ingredients

    Potatoes
    1. 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
    2. 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    3. 2 sprigs rosemary
    4. 4 sprigs thyme
    5. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Dressing
    1. ½ cup balsamic vinegar
    2. 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    3. 1 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
    4. 1 tsp. sliced shallot
    5. 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
    6. 1 tsp. sugar
    7. 1 cup canola oil
    8. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Salad
    1. 1 Tbsp. canola oil
    2. 2 large yellow onions, chopped
    3. 4 (6 ounces each) prime filets mignon
    4. 2 heads red-leaf lettuce, leaves separated
    5. 2 large Early Girl tomatoes, quartered and sliced
    6. ½ lb. Roquefort blue cheese

    Steps

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Preheat the grill to high.
    2. Roast the potatoes: In a bowl, toss the potatoes with the extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
    3. Make the dressing: Combine the vinegar, mustard, garlic, shallot, thyme, and sugar in a blender. Slowly add the canola oil in a stream and blend to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
    4. Caramelize the onions: Heat the 1 tablespoon canola oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté the onions for 10 to 12 minutes, until the natural sugars caramelize.
    5. Make the steaks: Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Turn the grill to medium-high. Grill the steaks for about 7 minutes per side, until medium-rare. Remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for about 3 minutes before slicing into 1-inch cubes.
    6. Plate each serving: Toss 3 ounces red-leaf lettuce, slices from half a tomato, 2 tablespoons blue cheese, ½ cup potatoes, and 3 tablespoons onions with 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and top with the cubes of steak.