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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

After all the heavy foods over the holidays, it was nice to sit down to a salad the other day. I added some steak for the carnivores in my family, but this could just as easily be eaten with chicken or with no meat at all. The dressing was really good. It turned out to be not too thick which was fine by me because that way it oozed down into all the nooks and crannies of the salad. And the croutons!! Oh my...they were so very good. I love homemade croutons and have been making them for years. They were just right....a little crunchy on the outside and a little soft on the inside so you could actually spear them with a fork. Unlike the store bought kind that are tasty but a little difficult to pick up. Overall..this meal was a 10 for me!

Flank Steak Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Flank Steak Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
and Homemade Croutons

1 1-pound piece of flank steak
Lawry's Seasoning Salt

Heat your grill or a grill pan until hot. Sprinkle both sides of meat with Lawry's salt and grill about 5 minutes on each side for medium rare. Seven minutes per side for medium. Allow meat to sit about 10 minutes before slicing.

Slice meat across the grain into thin strips and place on top of the salad.

Season your flank steak on both sides then grill it. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Salad fixin's of your choice such as:

Romain lettuce
red bell pepper
Red onion

Honey Mustard Dressing:

1 c. mayonnaise
6 tsp. sweet honey mustard
4 tsp. honey
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp. dill weed
2 tbsp. milk

Mix all together. Serve with flank steak salad.

Here's what you need for the dressing.

Combine it all in a small bowl and stir well.

Let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours.

Homemade Croutons

¼ loaf of French bread
½ stick butter – melted
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cut French bread into 1 inch cubes.

In a medium sized bowl, melt butter. Add seasonings and stir.

Add cubed French bread and toss to coat.

Spread bread onto cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Makes about 3 cups of croutons.

Next..the croutons.

Combine the melted butter and the seasonings. Stir it up!

Slice your bread....

..then cube it up!

Toss with the seasoned melted butter 
until all the bread cubes are coated.

Then bake them for about 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.

Throw your salad fixin's together.

Top with the dressing....

..then the croutons!

Then eat! This will rock your world.