Steakhouse Salad with Greek Yogurt Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Hey all! It has been a while since I popped in here with a new recipe!  Life update = third year of medical school has been crazy busy (hence why I went MIA for many months), I’m officially going into OBGYN (hooray!), and the dogs, Dan, and I have been doing well!   I’ve got roughly a year left of school, but exams end this summer!

So, in the spirit of spring, I’ve got an easy salad that packs a huge flavor punch!  It reminds me of those *awesome* wedge salads you get at steakhouses, but with a healthy twist – greek yogurt buttermilk ranch dressing! The first time I tried this, I accidentally used vanilla greek yogurt…uhhhh the WORST accident I have ever made!  Hopefully you have better luck! SO, without further ado…


Steakhouse Salad with Greek Yogurt Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
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Serves: 4 salads
 
A healthy twist on a steakhouse classic!
Ingredients
For the steak:
  • 1 skirt steak, about 1 pound
  • Salt and pepper to season
For the salad:
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
For the dressing:
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup buttermik
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
For the steak:
  1. Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a saute pan, and sear on each side (only about 3-4 minutes per side...it cooks quickly because it is so thin!). Let rest and cut in strips against the grain.
For the dressing:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. You'll have extra, so save for the week!
For the salad:
  1. Dress the lettuce with the greek yogurt dressing.
  2. Top with tomatoes, blue cheese, and steak strips.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Ancho Chipotle Pepper Cream and Bacon Crumbles

THIS.  This bowl of SOUP.  Is amazing.

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Update on the life:

  • Sorry for no TGIF post this week.  We’re picking up our new puppy, GINO!, tonight.  He’s an 8 week old golden retriever, weighing a hefty 13 pounds, and I’m busy puppy-proofing the apartment today.  Stay tuned for Gino Pupdates!
  • I was under the weather yesterday and my local Urgent Care patched me right up.  I had matzo ball soup from the delicatessen for lunch (yum) and LUCKILY had this butternut squash soup in my pantry that I was going to try and be inventive with for dinner.
  • While I made this gourmet squash soup, Dan preferred Taco Bell.  Full disclosure – I had him get me a deluxe soft taco.
  • Do yourself a favority favor and make this IMMEDIATELY.
  • Side note – anything I add ancho chili peppers to is immediately better.  It’s got a spicy punch behind it, so go lightly if you’re scardy of the spice!
  • If I was overzealous, I would have made some cornbread croutons to put on top of this for a little more crunch!  If you’ve got spare cornbread laying around (Who has spare cornbread laying around…?), then go for it!

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Enjoying tzatziki at an outdoor picnic with my nanny family and 3-week-old manicure.

Taco Tuesday has been officially renamed.  To Tzatziki Tuesday.  I think the “T” in tzatziki might be silent.  We’re just going to go with it.  Because these chicken gyro (“yeer-ohs” according to this handy food pronunciation guide ) are BOMB DIGGITY.  And easy.  They’re the perfect I’m-doing-laundry-for-seven-hours-on-Sunday-so-I-should-just-marinate-something dish.  Okay, I really watched Scandal for 7 hours, but let’s pretend I was productive.

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