Be the Hero of Your Own Steakhouse Chopped Salad With This Colorful Recipe
Recipe & photos by Launie Kettler
When it comes to salads, we like ‘em big, bold, and abundant enough for two. We also want our salads to jump off the plate with colors, textures, and the perfect yin/yang of sweet and salty.
In this case, we paired wonderfully sweet summer tomatoes with salty bacon and gorgonzola. Then we drizzle it with a tarragon vinaigrette that’s utterly delectable. The anise flavor of the tarragon pairs stunningly well with crisp white wine vinegar, and is rounded out with olive oil and dried herbs.
We like to serve this salad on a big platter, but feel free to throw it into a big ‘ole bowl and take it on the road with you. Think of the looks on your friend’s faces when they’re throwing some steaks on the grill and you show up with this side-dish deliciousness.
Will they be momentarily speechless?
Will their face slowly unfurl into a massive grin?
Will there be singing and dancing with a large salad spoon and fork?
We can’t guarantee any of that.
But, the one thing that we can guarantee is that this salad is going to be in your weeknight rotation for a big bit of steakhouse elegance that uplifts any Wednesday night.
The steakhouse salad is made to paired with our Perfectly Crusted Petite Sirloin Steak with Compound Herb Butter, or our Basil & Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breasts, a scrumptious Blackened Pork Tenderloin with Savory Blueberry Sauce, or whatever main course dish your taste buds fancy!
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About the Author
Launie Kettler is a food writer and photographer who cooks big food in a small kitchen in northern Vermont. Her husband and cats are tolerant of the fact that she plays the same Wilco and Son Volt albums over and over while pontificating about the beauty of cumin.
Launie is also the co-author of The Everything Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook and her recipes have been featured in Where Women Cook, Fresh Magazine, and on Salon.