Where did summer go? I traveled to Denver and Las Vegas and a few weekend trips here and there–and I woke up this morning and suddenly it’s two weeks until Labor Day.
I swear the trees know something we don’t know (or aren’t willing to admit), that summer is pretty much over. I have trees in my neighborhood (and yard) that are already starting to turn colors. I walked my dog this morning and there are even leaves on the sidewalks in some places.
Part of me is sad but most of me is so excited about fall. Fall is my favorite season. At the beginning of summer, I like to think that summer is a close second but it just isn’t. Fall is a fresh start. I tend to get more organized, more settled, and more involved. Fall features festivals, orchards, school, more programming, and all the organizations that I am involved with pick back up.
The food gets better too. I’m so excited for apple season that just kicked off. I’ll try not to go too apple crazy here but there are some great recipes coming. Today I’m sharing a salad that features apples but not in a traditional way.
The Gorgonzola Apple Steak Salad is one of the best salads that I’ve made in some time. First of all there’s steak so that’s almost good enough. But, the apples, gorgonzola cheese and dried cranberries mix together for this sweet and savory salad. They complement each other so you don’t get too much sweetness from the fruit or bite from the cheese. This flank steak is juicy and tender after using a mixture of spices and the balsamic vinaigrette ties it all together for a fresh, filling salad that will curb any cravings you might be having.
Tomorrow’s DIY project on the blog will bring you back to summer and the 90 degree weather we are having across the country. Until then, make this salad for dinner and make enough to take to lunch. You’ll actually want to eat your salad at lunch.
Gorgonzola Apple Steak Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
1 flank steak
5 cups of salad mix (I used spring greens and spinach)
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
2 small apples
1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup of gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp McCormick Grillmates Brown Sugar Bourbon Seasoning
1 tsp Greek Seasoning
Pre-heat a grill pan on medium heat while seasoning the beef. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic salt, grillmates seasoning, and greek seasoning. Using half of the mixture on each side of the steak, rub the mixture into both sides. Place the steak in the hot pan, cooking 5-10 minutes each side depending on your preference (mine was 8 each side because I like mine medium-well with an emphasis on well). While the steak is cooking, gather your ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic and the olive oil for the salad dressing.
Once the steak is done, place it on a plate and let it sit for about 10 minutes so that when it is cut open, the juices won’t run out leaving the steak dry. Slice the steak against the grain and add to the salad. Enjoy!