Warm Asparagus, Gorgonzola & Steak Salad

I spent much of my afternoon visiting coupon blogs.  They have pretty graphics and lots of enthusiastic promises: Start saving now! Feed Your Family of Six on $3 a month! Eat Tuna Fish Five Days a Week!

I spend much of the afternoon trying to insist myself into wanting to be a couponer.  Being frugal sounds like a lovely thing.  Really, it does.

Stuggle, struggle.  I sat on the computer chair, forcing a smile on my face, telling that empty pit inside my stomach that it was all going to be okay, I could definitely become content being the sort of person that holds up the grocery line, leaves the store with eighteen packets of fruit snacks and instant pudding.  This could be the new me.  Endless amounts of cash left at the end of the month.  Food storage full of months of purchased stock.  Hours spent daily on the computer printing and filing coupons into little plastic envelopes. I wanted it, I told myself.  Wanted to be the sort of legendary couponer that inspires stories throughout the generations.

In the end, I decided I couldn’t do it.  It simply wasn’t me.  Because me just wanted a bunch of fresh asparagus, for which there was no coupon.  And a little mound of steak that would please the hubby.  There wasn’t a coupon for that, either.  And yellow tomatoes were ridiculously expensive, but wouldn’t they round out the color of this meal I began imagining? And then. Oh, gorgonzola cheese.  Why don’t they print daily coupons for gorgonzola cheese?

Well, they don’t.  And that was when I decided to accept my fate at a budget-pinched foodie that feeds my family pretty stuff.  Welcome to my world.  It’s crazy up in here. 

(But gosh, it’s good.)

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Warm Asparagus, Gorgonzola & Steak Salad

This recipe is so absurdly simple to make. Everything just gets tossed onto a baking sheet and broiled until the steak is perfectly seared. A sprinkling of walnuts and gorgonzola later and you've got a healthy meal that is full of gorgeous, natural flavors. If you'd like to make this recipe serve a big group, feel free to toss it over pasta. It makes it's own sauce and is totally incredible.

Ingredients:

1 pound top sirloin steak, cut about 1 inch thick
12-15 cherry tomatoes
12-15 sweet yellow tomatoes
1 bunch asparagus, cut in half
1 shallot, finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
3 ounces gorgonzola cheese
1/3 cup walnuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven to broil. Transfer a top rack of your oven to the uppermost spot in the oven. Place the steak on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Scatter the tomatoes, asparagus, and chopped shallot across the baking sheet. Drizzle everything with olive oil, sprinkle with an ample amount of fresh-ground pepper and salt the pop the baking sheet onto that top shelf of your preheated oven.

Broil the steak on one side for 5-8 minutes, you'll know it's ready to flip when the edges of the steak begin to brown slightly. Flip the steak over and return the baking sheet to broil until the steak is cooked to your favorite doneness (for us, that usually an additional 4-6 minutes until it's cooked perfectly medium). Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes on your stovetop.

Slice the steak into long, thin strips. Toss with the asparagus and tomatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with gorgonzola crumbles, walnuts, and an extra helping of ground pepper. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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29 Responses to “Warm Asparagus, Gorgonzola & Steak Salad”

  1. 1

    Carrie from Springs Bargains on March 3, 2011 at 9:57 am Reply

    Ah, but if you spend a bit of time using coupons on things you have to have, like, uh, toilet paper and toothpaste, it might mean more to spend on Gorgonzola! ;)

    Beautiful photos, and I love the simplicity of the preparation!

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    Kelli @ Joseph's Grainery on March 3, 2011 at 10:08 am Reply

    You’re absolutely right…I try to coupon, but for fresh produce you just can’t find the amazing deals. Your salad looks absolutely devine!

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    Ruseell on March 3, 2011 at 11:44 am Reply

    This looks delicious, so simple too. The juices of the meat being soaked up by the veggies. Now I just need to find someone who would enjoy those veggies ;)

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    Amanda K on March 3, 2011 at 11:50 am Reply

    That salad looks divine. As soon as asparagus is in season here (which should be soon, thank goodness), I’m going to make it. I love your take on couponing by the way and I share a similar view. Sure, its great to get $64 worth of Lucky Charms and Golden Grahams for $2.53… but what are you going to eat?! Being someone who enjoys meals made of whole foods full of real nutrition, rather than fake processed foods full of “fortified” nutrition – I’ll gladly accept the higher grocery bill each month. We are what we eat after all. I will concede that its worth glancing through the Sunday flyers to grab coupons for toiletries and necessities – dairy foods have coupons occasionally, and I’ve even found deals on frozen organic veggies. Not my favorite, but living in Michigan doesn’t mesh with a local, in season, year round style of eating.

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    Jessica on March 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Totally agree on couponing…I would love to save the kind of money some moms do, but then I’d probably be left with a lot of food that we really don’t eat! Wish there was a customized couponing program of some sort..anyways, your dish looks delish. I’ll have to try it out!

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    Katrina on March 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm Reply

    This salad looks so amazing. I love when salads can turn into main meals. Sooo good!

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    Tiffany Rosenberger on March 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

    That is a salad I can get behind. It looks amazing.

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    Amy on March 4, 2011 at 8:15 am Reply

    There are a lot of great moms out there who DO NOT coupon. Hmmm. Hmmm. Many of them. Lots of happy bellies in your home, though.

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    Annie on March 4, 2011 at 10:22 am Reply

    I must be honest. I really don’t like the new design of your blog. It is much more difficult to read and seems so impersonal.

    • Brooke replied: — March 4th, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Annie. I’m totally digging the new design, plus the kids love seeing their own pics up top there. So….it’s a keeper nonetheless. Hugs!

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    Charlotte on March 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I would consider myself a “couponer”. I think it is fun to walk out of the store on a little high from all of the wonderful things I got for my family or to share with others. Just on Tuesday I got a wonderful package of those very little yellow tomatoes in this beautiful dish for 50 cents at Safeway. They were on sale and there were manufacturers coupons available in-store. As a Springs Bargains reader I will echo Carrie…everyone needs toilet paper etc. and if you save money in some areas it leaves room for buying things that rarely go on sale.

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    Charlotte on March 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm Reply

    ….in fact, I am going to a women’s group (read RS) activity next week and we are making birthday party kits for a local food bank…perfect time for those free cake mixes/frosting tubs to come out and shine!

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    Liz on March 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm Reply

    This dish looks fab! I agree coupon on the things you use every day. You can easily get toothpaste, floss, vitamins for FREE! And there ARE coupons for produce. Not as often as cereal but nevertheless, coupons for lettuce, berries, potatoes….YUM!

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    Lisa on March 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I am SO like that! I want to be couponer, but I love cooking too much to do it…it seems so limiting! Glad I not the only one!

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    SeattleDee on March 9, 2011 at 10:47 am Reply

    I’ll forget about the coupon controversy, but OH, MY I’m all over the asparagus gorgonzola steak salad. Just saying its name brings on a swoon – well not yet, that will come after dinner tonight.

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    Andee on March 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm Reply

    I made this tonight and it was great. I’ve never cooked steak before but you gave me the confidence to try it. My husband is on the Paleo diet and he loved it!

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    Stephanie on April 15, 2011 at 8:30 am Reply

    I’m thinking about making for dinner this weekend. I have a really old oven that has the broiler in the bottom drawer and I’m terrified of it so I’ve never used it. Would it work to grill the steak and bake the veggies at a high temp in the oven?

    • Brooke replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

      Absolutely!

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    Sandy on June 26, 2011 at 1:21 am Reply

    I made this tonight with a couple tweaks. I couldn’t help but drizzle some balsamic vinegar over top of everything before popping it into the broiler and served the dish with quinoa. It was so quick, easy, and delicious! Thank you :o)

    • Brooke replied: — June 26th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

      LOVE the balsamic vinegar! LOVE! LOVE!

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    Melissa Tellep on July 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Just made this tonight! It was so simple and so good! I will be doubling this recipe for sure the next time I make it, which will be soon!

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    The most common type of asparagus is green, but you might see two others in supermarkets and restaurants: white, which is more delicate and difficult to harvest, and purple, which is smaller and fruitier in flavor. No matter the type you choose, asparagus is a tasty, versatile vegetable that can be cooked in myriad ways or enjoyed raw in salads. ‘,–

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