Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tomato and Grilled Onion Salad with Steak Sauce Dressing

One restaurant where I want to eat before I die is Peter Luger Steak House.

The place is a legend. They dry age Prime beef in their own aging facilities and serve a renowned steak. But I'm not planning on going to Luger's or dying this week, so in the mean time I thought I would try one of their appetizers to go with some ribeyes.

And this one was perfect because all of our tomatoes (except the purple Cherokee) have started yielding some nice fruit and I needed to use some up. We have beefsteak, cluster, and even a few small roma tomatoes.

Tomato and Grilled Onion Salad with Steak Sauce Dressing
Source: Adapted from Rachel Ray's Tomato & Vidalia Salad with Steak Sauce Dressing

Ingredients
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 ea beefsteak tomato, sliced 1/2" thick
2 ea vidalia onion, sliced 1/2" thick
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Instructions
Mix together the vinegar, sugar, worchestershire sauce, and black pepper in a saute pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to simmer.

Whisk in the tomato sauce. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking like you would into a vinaigrette. Set aside to cool.

The original recipe called for raw onions but I had steaks grilling on the Egg and a hot cast iron grate....

I couldn't resist grilling them instead. Plate them and top with some of the steak sauce dressing.

Yeah, this is supposed to be an appetizer but it makes an ideal summer side dish for grilled steak. It's just right as an alternative to the standard baked potato.

22 comments:

  1. This is exactly the sort of thing I like to do with my tomatoes - when I'm over-blessed especially. Perfect beside a steak - look at the pretty colors! Nice dish - nice photos!

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  2. well done! Omg, I can never do something like this. I think i need the iron grill. really do. This looks too perfect. I think you should open your own restaurant :) hehe. love the presentation of it!!

    jen

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  3. Sounds fantastic. I agree "appetizer" didn't immediately stand out in my mind (maybe because of the grilled aspect) but it souns like a wonderful side item.

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  4. If I was a steak- I would sing 'rub it in, rub it in' :)

    Love me some grilled onions and 'maters! Especially the beefsteakers!

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  5. Nice! I like them grilled too - perfect choice!

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  6. Delicious looking meal Chris and the salad sounds interesting. Fine looking batch of maters as well - hard to beat those that come fresh from the garden completely ripened on the vine.

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  7. Just the name "steak sauce dressing" sounds like angels made it.

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  8. WOW! It all looks delicious! Nothing beats a beefsteak tomato! Just wish I had a garden full of them again, too much shade now though for a garden. This is a perfect side dish for summer and I will be trying it! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. This is my kind of thing - if only we had home-grown tomatoes! My tomato plants are about 10 inches high...just like they were when I stuck them in the ground TWO months ago!! The dressing already has me salivating...I love steak sauce and would like my own bottle with a straw but as a kid I was told that was rude. xo, Nan

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  10. Now that is my kind of meal!!!

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  11. Good use of tomatoes! And that dressing sounds like a great start to a BBQ sauce.

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  12. A vegetable with steak sauce, that is so you.
    ofcourse I mean that in a very good way. GREG

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  13. I've been to Luger's. And yeah. You need to go. You would probably die of happiness though. So beware.

    WHEN you come to NY I plan on accompanying you there. Just so you know.

    This appetizer/side looks really good. I love steak sauce and could put it on everything!

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  14. Nice grill marks! Rib-eye is my favorite steak...

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  15. Where is my fork?! I don't know if it is an appetizer but this grilled steak looks glorious!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  16. I love this! I am currently obsessed with tomatoes...

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  17. Great looking salad and steak! Grilled onions have great flavor and would be perfect with your home grown tomatoes.Great idea!

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  18. I've been hooked on grilled onions for a while now- especially the sweet Vidalias. I've done tomatoes on the grill too, putting them cut side down until slightly charred but not collapsed. They become smoky, so sweet. The other day I grilled everything for Guacamole, including the avocado and lime. Incredible. No matter when I visit your blog I leave hungry!

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  19. Another beautiful dish!!!Love the sauce.Great pictures!

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  20. Love the salad recipe. You can have expensive dry-aged beef steaks at home, we've been doing it since last year and the flavor is phenomenal. It's so easy it's ridiculous. Check it out: http://judyskitchen.blogspot.com/search/label/MEATS:%20%20Beef%20--%20Aging

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  21. What a colorful and gorgeous dish! Looks delicious.

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  22. Steak Sauce Dressing! Why have I never thought of that. Gonna try that this week. Thanks for the idea Chris.

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