Beef Salad with Cucumber-Jalapeno Ranch

We have a lot of guests over.  So I appreciate a nice salad once they are gone.  These nice salads are great light meals, or wonderful company lunches.

I’m not generally one to buy ‘canned’ stuff, I tend to make most everything from scratch.  But admittedly, sometimes it’s just nice to press the EASY button.  My neighbor, Pat, turned me on to this packaged marinaded meat at Costco.  It’s Bill Bailey’s Carne Asada.  It’s pre-marinaded tri-tip steak that is thin sliced and ready to go.  All you have to do is throw it on the grill and cook to your desired doneness.  (Alternatively you could use steak, pound down to 1/4″ thick, marinade in a mixture of salt, lemon, lime, garlic, and a tablespoon of oil.)

So we made up a truly amazing dressing to go with it and some cucumber pickle and had a really great salad. We cut a romaine lettuce in half, leaving the core intact, drizzled with olive oil and salt and grilled the romaine along side the marinaded beef.  Grilled lettuce?!  YES!  It gives a great char and smokiness to the salad.

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Cucumber – Jalapeno Ranch dressing

  • 1 T. dijon mustard
  • 2T olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 heaping T mayonaise
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Ranch dressing powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in food processor with 1/4 peeled, chopped cucumber + 1 – 2 jalapeno’s (remove stem and seeds) + small bunch of fresh cilantro.  Pulse until completely liouidous.  Adjust to your taste.

Cucumber pickle

  • Slice half a peeled cucumber very thin.
  • Toss with
    • 1 T. sugar
    •  1 T. salt
    • a pinch of red pepper flake
    • a splash of wine wine or rice vinegar
    • 1 T. olive oil
  • Allow to sit room temperature for 10 -20 mintues.
  • Strain with slotted spoon and serve over salad

Assemble grilled lettuce, grilled meat, cucumber pickle, and sliced tomatoes on plate.

Drizzle with cucumber-jalapeno ranch dressing.

We’ll be making this again!  Excellent salad.

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