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Steak Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show [1]. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices meaty smoked bacon
  • 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds flat iron or flank steaks, halve lengthwise and across into 4 portions
  • 1 teaspoon each kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 scallions
  • 2 ribs celery , from heart with leafy tops
  • ⅓ seedless cucumber, 2 Persian cucumbers
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes
  • About 6 cups chopped romaine or gem Romaine
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs (store-bought in pouch), sliced
  • Smoked sweet paprika
For the dressing:
  • About ⅓ to ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ( EVOO [2])
  • About 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup parsley tops, a handful
  • About 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 6 ounces smoked blue or blue cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Arrange bacon on a wire rack-lined baking sheet [3] or slotted pan [4] and bake to very crisp, 17 to 18 minutes. Chop into 1-inch pieces.

Bring meat to room temperature and pat dry. Cut into 4 portions and preheat cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine rub of salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and red pepper, then season meat on both sides, drizzle with oil and cook 7 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove to rest.

Fill a medium bowl [5] with ice and cold water. Use a vegetable peeler to curl shaved carrot and add to water to tighten curls. Cut scallions lengthwise, then into 1 inch pieces and soak.

Very thinly slice celery on a bias. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and slice in same shape or in same manner.

Halve cherry tomatoes.

In a large bowl [5], combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and celery. Drain carrots and scallions and add to salad.

Place dressing ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to get it going, then process until smooth.

Thinly slice steak against the grain.

Toss salad with dressing. Arrange on platter or plates [6] and top with steak, sliced hard-boiled eggs dressed with smoked paprika, and bacon.