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The great news about this Bloody Mary Steak Salad—oh, and this one, too—is that it gets better with age: The steak gets its marinade after it's cooked, so as it sits, its soaks up more and more flavor.
Here, that marinade is by no means shy: horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, two kinds of vinegar, olive brine—it's starting to sound like a Bloody Mary, huh? But while your cocktail can't be dinner every night, this salad can be.
Make two batches of Bloody Mary Steak Salad over the weekend...
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak (or hanger steak)
- 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped briny green olives, plus 2 tablespoons olive brine, divided
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup celery half-moons, plus some leaves if you'd like
- 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup parsley leaves
...then put it to use for a week of meals. See how here:
Kale salad that means business: The sharpness of the steak marinade makes it the ideal dressing for kale. In the morning, mix kale pieces into a portion of the steak salad, making sure to coat the leaves with the marinade. By lunchtime, the kale will have tamed nicely into a salad.
Blue cheese potato chips: Remember this recipe? Follow along, but add the steak salad on top in addition to the blue cheese. It’s like potato chip nachos.
Slaw: As the salad softens over the week, you’ll welcome some crunch. Finely shred green cabbage and mix it with the steak salad, using the marinade as a dressing.
Watercress salad: This salad is full of peppery punch—and it welcomes more! So toss it with some watercress, taking inspiration from this recipe.
Steak and eggs: Warm the salad and add eggs, any style. Killer steak and eggs.
Steak sandwich: Crusty sourdough, a slather of blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and slices of steak retrieved from the salad.
Grain bowl: Chop up the steak a bit, warm it, and spoon it over your grain of choice.
Baked potato: Chop the steak salad into bite-size pieces. Bake up some potatoes and mash sour cream on the insides. Instead of bacon, nestle in the steak salad.
Tell us: How does steak save the day in your house?