Sonoma Ranch Steak Salad

Sonoma Ranch Steak Salad

Sonoma Ranch Steak Salad

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff

Total Recipe Time:  30 to 35 minutes
Chilling Time:  30 minutes

3 beef shoulder center (ranch) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)
3 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
1-3/4 cups frozen butter beans, thawed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pint red and yellow cherry, grape or teardrop tomatoes, cut in half or quartered, if large
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, cut in half
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Fresh basil (optional)

1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine Rub ingredients; press evenly onto beef steaks. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place spinach, beans, lemon juice, garlic and pepper in food processor container. With motor running, slowly add 2 tablespoons oil through opening in cover, processing until combined. Season with salt, as desired. Set aside. Combine tomatoes, cheese, olives and basil in medium bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and vinegar; toss well. Season to taste with pepper; set aside. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 12 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove; let stand 5 minutes. Carve steaks into slices; season with salt, as desired. Evenly divide spinach mixture among 6 individual plates. Top with beef slices; spoon tomato salad over beef. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Makes 6 servings

Serve with:
Kunde Family Estate Merlot