Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

by Krista on March 10, 2014 · 41 comments

Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette {Salad Recipes}

A savory Ribeye Steak Salad recipe served with loads of fresh vegetables, walnuts, and goat then served with a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette. This salad will rival any Steakhouse Salad.

When I moved down to Texas seven years ago, one of the first places my friends had to take me to was Saltgrass Steakhouse. Its like the right of passage. You can’t really say that you are a Texan unless you have been to Saltgrass. It is basically the best Steakhouse down here!

After looking at their amazing menu for quite a while, I finally decided on their Steak Salad and Loaded Creamy Potato Soup.

I know, I know! “Your at a Steak House! Why didn’t you order a big juicy Steak?”

Well, technically, I did order Steak. {thats me sticking my tongue out to you} I just ordered it on top of a hearty salad that was filled with all kinds of veggies, nuts, and gorgonzola cheese. But the kicker and my FAVORITE part to this salad was not the steak itself, but the balsamic vinaigrette they served with it.

I almost always ask for my dressing on the side. I find that I use way less and I don’t end up with a salad that is drowning in dressing because the server/cook doesn’t know how to portion control. But with this dressing, I seriously eat the whole thing and then some. It compliments every part of the salad perfectly.

That Saltgrass Steak Salad is what I tried to create for you today. With a few personal tweaks here and there of course. The balsamic vinaigrette in my opinion is just as good as the stuff at the restaurant, and maybe a little better because its not as sweet. Plus, I amped up this salad with an awesome Ribeye Steak! So its friendly to the men who want a big hunk of meat and the ladies who like to have their dainty salads. I mean its really a win win!

To get started, heat grill to medium high heat. Season 1 large ribeye with salt and pepper on both sides. Place ribeye on grill and cook each side for 5-6 minutes. Remove from grill and let sit, do not cut until you are ready to assemble salad.

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Next, make the balsamic vinaigrette, add 2 tablespoons of gluten free dijon mustard, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of dry basil, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, salt, and pepper to a bowl and whisk until combined. {sometimes I just put everything in a mason jar and shake} Set aside.

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Next, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of fresh green beans cut into 1″ pieces. Cook for 2-3  minutes and immediately throw in an ice bath to shock them and stop the cooking process. {this is called “blanching”}

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To assemble salad, pull out 4 large dishes and evenly distribute 1 head of chopped romaine lettuce, 4 hardboiled eggs, 1 pint of cherry tomatoes {halved}, 1 cup of blanched fresh green beans, 1/2 cup of raw walnuts or pecans, 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese, and chopped ribeye.

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Serve with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

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Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Beef, Salad, Condiments & Dressing, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ribeye steak
  • salt & pepper to season steak
  • 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • 4 eggs, hardboiled
  • 1 cup of fresh green beans, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup of raw walnuts or pecans
  • 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard {gluten-free}
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Season ribeye with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Place ribeye on grill and cook each side for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove from grill and let sit, do not cut until you are ready to assemble salad.
  5. Make the balsamic vinaigrette, add dijon mustard, garlic clove, dry basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a bowl and whisk until combined. {sometimes I just put everything in a mason jar and shake} Set aside.
  6. Next, bring a small pot of water to a boil.
  7. Add fresh green beans cut to pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes and immediately throw in an ice bath to shock them and stop the cooking process. {this is called "blanching"}
  8. To assemble salad, pull out 4 large dishes and evenly distribute chopped romaine romaine, hardboiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, fresh green beans, walnuts or pecans, crumbled goat cheese, and chopped ribeye.
  9. Serve with homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments March 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

All I can say is wow!
Just talking to my hubby yesterday about how I’m getting in a rut. Not wanting to eat as many salads because I’m tired of the salads I’m making.
Now, I know how to switch things up! As soon as the screen loaded I was hungry. Pinning! :)
Have a great week Krista!

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Krista March 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Awesome! So glad you can add this to your salad arsenal. You and the hubby will love it, it is definitely a tasty way to change things up! Thanks for the pin friend!

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Trish - Mom On Timeout March 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I don’t think even my husband would complain about salad for dinner if it looked like this! That vinaigrette sounds amazing! Pinned!

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Krista March 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

haha.. I know right! All I had to tell my husband was “we are having ribeye tonight” and he was game. :) Thanks for the pin sweet lady! Have a great rest of your monday!

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Cindy Eikenberg March 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Krista, this looks amazing! I know I can get my hubby to eat a salad if there’s steak involved. The presentation is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you’re having a good Monday!

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Krista March 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Aww.. thanks so much Cindy! Thanks for the pin sweet friend, hope you have a great monday too!

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker March 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Serious drooling here at midnight Krista!! That steak is juicy and makes me want to eat salad all year long!! Oh I also always ask for my dressing on the side, I cannot stand the drenching.

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Krista March 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Totally agree on the drenching thing, I would much rather enjoy the crunch of the salad instead of a wet soggy mess. That steak was seriously awesome, totally making this one again soon. :)

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Kelly March 11, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Oh my goodness, now this is one amazing looking salad Krista! I love the sound of that balsamic vinegar and you sure know how to make steak look oh so good and juicy! I don’t usually eat red meat that much anymore but would totally want to polish off that entire plate :) Pinning!

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Krista March 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I don’t really either, but with all the veggies, goat cheese, pecans, and then that dressing it is seriously amazing. Thanks so much for the pin sweet friend. :)

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Mike@TheIronYou March 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I’m quite picky when it comes to steaks, but that is one legit rib-eye steak Krista. And with all that salad goodness…yum!!!!

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Krista March 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

haha.. I am too Mike. Ribeye is one of my husbands favorite cuts, its a little to “fatty” for me but thats what you have a knife for right? Then mixed in with all the salad its just awesome. :)

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Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven March 11, 2014 at 8:51 AM

This is definitely my kind of salad—I’m just in love with all the different colors and flavors going on! (not to mention that amazing-looking balsamic vinaigrette!) Totally making this. :) pinned!

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Krista March 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Thanks Sarah! This is one salad I love to heap up on my salad because it is just so tasty. Thanks for the pin my dear, have a great rest of the week!

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Lisa@ Cooking with Curls March 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM

That’s it, I need to move to Texas!! Holy WOW Krista, that salad looks amazing!. :) Ribeye is my favorite, and you just made it healthy…right? ;)

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Krista March 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

haha.. yes you do! They actually have a saying here that says “I wasn’t raised here, but got here as soon as I could. :)

Absolutely just made ribeye healthy :)

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Danelle March 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

This is definitely a salad my husband and I could agree on! :)

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Krista March 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Yeah! :) Love those kind of meals…. when everyone is happy and satisfied. :)

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Chris @ Shared Appetite March 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

There are few things in this life more amazing than a good ribeye steak… this one looks great, and was cooked beautifully! And since it’s a salad I can totally have dessert too, right?!? :)

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Krista March 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Agreed, ribeye always has some amazing marbling in it which is why it is sooooo good! If you have this then yes you can totally have dessert. :) How about those avocado brownies? Guilt free!

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Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled March 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Krista, this salad looks absolutely delicious! I love all the veggies and the ribeye steak just makes this salad one of the best salads ever! I can’t wait to make it, pinned :)

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Krista March 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Thanks so much Jenn, glad you liked it, can’t wait to hear whatcha think. :)

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Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) March 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM

This looks so yummy!! I would love for you to come link it up at Lovely Ladies Linky! We would love to see what other deliciousness you have to share :)

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Krista March 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Thanks so much for the invite Parrish, I’ll stop by if I have a chance. :)

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks March 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

YUM! This salad looks delish, Krista! Pinned!

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Krista March 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Thanks so much Julie!

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Andi @ The Weary Chef March 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Holy moly, Krista. You outdid yourself with this one! The photos are amazing and making me so hungry for steak! What an awesome salad, my friend!

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Krista March 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Thanks so much Andi, that means alot coming from you girl! :)

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Samantha @ Five Heart Home March 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

This is one of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen, Krista! I shared it on FB this past week and everyone was drooling over it. I’m going to have to make it for my hubby, the ultimate steak lover. And again, your photos just keep on getting better and better. ;) Hope you have a great weekend!

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Krista March 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Oh… thanks for sharing it Samantha, you are too sweet! Glad it was a hit too. :)

Thanks on the photos props, means alot coming from you! :) Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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Cindy Eikenberg March 16, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Krista, this salad is just beautiful!! I could actually get my meat loving hubby to salad if I put THIS in front of him! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned and will be sharing this week. Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

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Krista March 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

haha.. you definitely could. :) Thanks for the pin Cindy. Have a great week my friend!

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Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron March 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I’ve been seeing this salad everywhere! It looks absolutely gorgeous and I love your photos! You are so talented! Thanks for linking up to SNF :)

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Krista March 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

haha.. watch out its taking over the world {evil laugh}… no not really. But so appreciate your sweet comments. Thanks Chelsea!

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Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner March 18, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Great looking salad Krista! Thanks for sharing at MM this week – pinned and sharing!

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Krista March 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Thanks so much Deb! :)

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Des @ Life's Ambrosia March 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Oh man. I am currently pregnant and have to forgo med-rare steak but am drooling over this right now. In fact I’m seriously considering it as my first post baby meal. That steak looks absolutely perfect. :)

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Krista March 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Oh.. I feel for ya girl. That was one of the harder things to “omit” while pregnant. This would totally be a great celebratory meal post baby! :) When are you due?

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