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Steakhouse Salad with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Corn & Blue Cheese

A Fresh, Hearty Salad with Steakhouse Appeal
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Steakhouse salad recipe | Waiting on Martha
Steakhouse salad recipe on Waiting on Martha

I’ve admitted here before that I’m not a huge salad eater.  Salads can feel a bit plain, boring, and they can leave me having major menu regret when I’m not ordering the burger and fries instead.  BUT give me a salad like today’s Steakhouse Salad that’s just as hearty as a full entree, with plenty of fresh and vibrant toppings, and I’ve got the best of both worlds. 

The trick to a great entree salad like this one is in the variety of fresh flavors and textures; the toppings need to really carry the dish.  Nobody, including me, enjoys a plain bed of greens with a few measly toppings!  So whenever I think up a nice marriage of toppings for my salad, I like to consider ones that don’t need much dressing; ones that can stand alone for simpler, healthier bites that celebrate the season’s best flavors. 

That, of course, rings true for cherry tomatoes and fresh corn this time of year.  I just love the way they both taste after they’ve blistered and charred when grilled or roasted.  I usually roast my tomatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil in my toaster oven.  So easy.

The sliced flank steak is also another topping that doesn’t need much to taste divine.  As your protein, steak alway brings a certain rich quality to a salad, which I always prefer over chicken. And of course, it offers plenty of protein to sustain you.  The secret to great strips of flank steak is in the cutting; cut with the grain so that you don’t disrupt the flavor.

To top it all off, I like to add crumbles of blue cheese.  The punchy, tangy taste of blue cheese rounds out the flavors of the entire salad.  And somehow it satisfies my salt craving, even if there are shoestring fries at the table, too!  Tell me, does this Steakhouse Salad look like a winner in your house?!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Looking for more creative salad options?  Check them out in our Recipe Index here

P.S.S. Or are you looking for another drool-worthy steak recipe? This skillet seared ribeye with caramelized onions is one to write home about.  SO good. xo

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Steakhouse Salad
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For the steak
  1. 1 lb. flank steak
  2. salt, pepper and olive oil
For the salad
  1. Roasted tomatoes (cherry tomatoes, left whole, with salt, pepper and olive oil)
  2. Grilled corn (charred in the sautee pan or over the grill)
  3. arugula
  4. blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the steak to preferred doneness; be sure to let it rest 2-5 minutes after cooking. It continues to cook after taken off the heat.
  2. After cooling, slice the steak with the grain. Set aside.
  3. Roast tomatoes whole in toaster oven with salt, pepper and olive oil for a few minutes until they start to blister.
  4. Grill corn for a few minutes until desired level of charred.
  5. Compile salad over a bed of arugula; steak, tomatoes, corn and blue cheese.
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Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Coleslaw & Pineapple Salsa

A Vibrant, Fresh Entree to be enjoyed al fresco
Filed Under > 30 Minute Meals

Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Coleslaw and Pineapple Salsa recipe on Waiting on MarthaBlackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Coleslaw and Pineapple Salsa #recipe on Waiting on Martha 

I love fish tacos.  Whenever I’m at a restaurant I typically beeline for any type of fresh, spicy, blackened fish tacos.   But fish tacos was one of those recipes I hadn’t tried at home.  So recently when I was whipping up Mexican night I decided to give them a go, and I’m so glad I did.

The creamy coleslaw balances and cools off the warm Mahi Mahi and spicy jalapeños.  And the fresh pineapple adds a fruity tang to the blackened seasoning, peppers and salsa.  I mean I’m drooling just thinking about it as I type this!   And they’re on the healthier side which is always a plus.  

In all of my favorite recipes, I always seem to find a marriage of cool to hot, crunchy to creamy, spicy to sweet.  And my blackened fish tacos with Mahi Mahi hit a home run on all of the above.  

When you’re making this at home, keep in mind that you can use any light or white fish.  I always approach cooking seafood by picking out what is wild caught, sustainable and in-stock at Whole Foods or my local grocery store.  With this recipe, I could have done grouper, halibut, etc.  And especially when you’re blackening and seasoning fish, you can use any type of white fish.  You just don’t want to use a fishy-fish like salmon. 

This recipe seems like something spotted on a restaurant patio, but I assure you it’s so easy.  Don’t be overwhelmed!  This vibrant, fresh and summery mixture of flavors is just the thing to cool you down after a long day in the sun.  I mean they just taste like summer!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Let’s talk about tortillas really quickly; I always warm them on the stovetop, turning on the flame to crisp them up. But I’m careful to watch them as they can burn if they catch fire…ha!  I flip them once or twice and get a nice warmed, slightly crispy tortilla.  Cold tortillas just make sad tacos in my opinion. xo 

Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Coleslaw and Pineapple Salsa
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Mahi Mahi or white fish, fresh, wild caught filets
  2. 2 cups coleslaw
  3. 1 Jalepeno thinly sliced
  4. pineapple salsa (I buy mine from wholefoods. If they don't have it simply chop up pineapple, add a few squeezes of lime & a bit of chopped cilantro
  5. cilantro for garnish
  6. flour or corn tortillas
  7. limes for garnish
  8. additional salsa for garnish
  9. blackening seasoning
Instructions
  1. sprinkle both sides of the fish with with blackening seasoning, go ahead an be liberal with the seasoning.
  2. In a lightly oiled/greased sauté pan cook the fish until cooked through. 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish, and build your tacos!
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Sheet Pan Shrimp with Caramelized Citrus & Vegetables

A Vibrant 30-Minute Meal to Impress
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Sheet pan shrimp recipe with caramelized citrus, carrots, onions and broccolini recipe on Waiting on Martha
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Today’s sheet pan shrimp recipe is light, vibrant, fresh, and most importantly easy!  It’s what I like to consider as the perfect meal for summer entertaining because it really is beyond simple to make, and absolutely stunning when served. 

Thanks to the insane popularity of our sheet pan salmon recipe, I was inspired to take another swing at the simple one-sheet-pan method.  This time with my favorite seafood shrimp, glazed in a citrus teriyaki with sweet and tender carrots, red onions and broccolini all atop a bed of vibrant citrus.  

For this sheet pan shrimp recipe the citrus is really the secret to this dish’s success.  It caramelizes beautifully in the oven, giving everything on the sheet pan a wonderful flavor and layer of natural sugar crystallization. Here I used blood oranges, oranges, limes, and grapefruit.  But the beauty of citrus fruits is that they all work together so well, so feel free to use whatever your heart desires on your sheet pan!

And another plus with using citrus: it allows easier cleanup because it prevents sticking.  You’ll still want to spray the pan, even if it’s a nonstick version, but you won’t need parchment paper.  

When trying this sheet pan shrimp recipe at home, remember that shrimp cook fast.  I actually roasted my carrots and onions first over the citrus for about 10-15 minutes on the sheet pan before adding the shrimp and broccolini.  Keep this in mind if you also prefer your carrots and onions to be tender and caramelized, though you can also cook the entire sheet pan with everything at the same time if preferred on the crunchy side. 

All in all, this dish can easily be made in under 30 minutes if you don’t personally deveining the shrimp. That step does take some time; I believe in doing it yourself because it’ll be done more thoroughly, but you can absolutely get them deveined at the seafood counter at the store too.  At least the lovelies at Whole Foods always devein when asked.

So voila, friends!  This sheet pan shrimp recipe is super simple, super impressive and absolutely delectable for a night entertaining al fresco.  Enjoy!  Truly, MKR 

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Sheet Pan Shrimp with Caramelized Citrus, Carrots, Onions, & Broccolini
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound fresh, wild shrimp peeled and deveined
  2. 2 red onions, cut into quarters
  3. Broccolini
  4. Carrots
  5. Mixed Citrus thickly sliced, enough to cover the pan (oranges, blood oranges, limes, grapefruit, or blood oranges)
  6. Citrus Teriyaki Sauce
  7. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover a sprayed sheet pan with citrus and place the onions and carrots on top, spaced out. Brush with Teriyaki Sauce and add a bit of salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and add the shrimp and broccolini, brush with Teriuaki Sauce and a bit of salt and pepper. Place back in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked through.
  4. Remove from the oven and enjoy.
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