Grilled Peppercorn Steak and Caramelized Pecan Salad with Cabernet-Cherry Vinaigrette

Grilled Peppercorn Steak and Caramelized Pecan Salad with Cabernet-Cherry Vinaigrette

Chef Karen Calabro 13

"This is a summer favorite that I served in many restaurants, inspired by my 'oops, the Cabernet wine has turned again in the heat,' moments. This is usually the meal, but it may also be an appetizer salad as well. I offered it as both in my restaurants. The dressing and pecans keep for a few weeks unrefrigerated, and I often make these in bulk in advance for several meals. A simple dish, easily made by any level cook, it is a stylish, beautiful, and delectable entree salad fit for company."

Ingredients 2 h 10 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 800 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 800 kcal
  • 40%
  • Fat:
  • 56.1 g
  • 86%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.4g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 24.3 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 996 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Whisk together 1 tablespoon olive oil, brown mustard, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, cracked pepper, and port wine in a bowl; pour marinade into a resealable plastic bag. Add the beef, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (up to 5 days if necessary).
  2. Bring Cabernet wine and dried cherries to a boil in a saucepan, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wine has reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume, about 20 minutes. Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt into the wine mixture and pour in extra-virgin olive oil. Remove from heat and let dressing cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a sheet pan.
  4. Toss pecan pieces in a bowl with water, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl until thoroughly coated. Spread coated pecans into the prepared sheet pan.
  5. Bake pecans in the preheated oven until the coating adheres to the nuts and pecans are fragrant and brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from pan and immediately transfer to a large heatproof plate to finish cooling. Be careful, candied pecans are extremely hot. Set pecans aside to cool.
  6. Preheat an outdoor grill for very high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  7. Remove steak pieces from marinade, shake off excess marinade, and grill until steaks are seared and done to your desired degree of rareness, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a steak should read 145 degrees F (65 degrees C) for medium-well. Discard used marinade. Let steaks stand for 5 minutes after grilling before cutting into thin slices.
  8. To serve, mix baby greens with shaved carrot and radishes in a salad bowl and divide onto 4 large serving plates. Lay slices of beef in a spoke pattern on top of greens and sprinkle each salad generously with candied pecans. Whisk dressing and drizzle over salads, distributing a few cherries onto each salad.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Pecans and dressing can be made ahead of time. Store pecans in an airtight container to prevent them from getting stale.
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Outstanding recipe, worthy of any Five Star restaurant! The cabernet-cherry vinaigrette is absolutely delicious. This really is NOT a complicated recipe. It looks like there are a lot of steps, but you can be doing more than one step at the same time. I was a little concerned about the marinade ingredients not being enough to marinade 4 steaks, so I added an extra tablespoon of EVOO & porto, which was a good call. I also didn't have any radishes on hand, so I used 3 green onions instead. Other than those changes, I followed the recipe to a "T". Just an awesome salad, and one that I won't forget!


Absolutely amazing.