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Beefy Steak Salad with Grilled Italian Cheese Croutons

Beefy Steak Salad with Grilled Italian Cheese CroutonsMarinating the steak in your favorite ready-made Italian dressing adds moisture and flavor with very little effort on your part in creating a tasty entrée salad. The grilled Italian bread, filled with mozzarella cheese makes the perfect "cheesy crunch" accompaniment.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup Italian dressing
1 pound boneless sirloin steak
1 large sweet onion, thickly sliced (4 slices)
1 loaf Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
6 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves
2 large tomatoes, sliced

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large, shallow non-aluminum baking dish or plastic bag, pour 1/2 cup Italian dressing over steak; turn to coat. Cover, or close bag, and marinate in refrigerator 3 to 24 hours.
  2. Remove steak from marinade, discarding marinade.
  3. Grill, broil or pan-grill steak and onion, brushing frequently with 1/4 cup dressing, until steak is desired doneness and onion is tender.
  4. Brush cut side of bread with remaining 1/4 cup dressing and grill or broil until golden. Immediately arrange cheese on bottom half of bread, then top with remaining bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and let stand until cheese is melted.
  5. To serve, thinly slice steak. Arrange lettuce on serving platter, then top with steak, tomatoes and onion. Slice bread and arrange on salad.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided by Unilever Foods courtesy of The Association For Dressings and Sauces.