Nectarine Steak Salad

Serves 4. Prep time: 20 minutes.

12 ounces ribeye steak
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
4 cups mixed greens
2 medium nectarines, pitted and sliced
2 large scallions, slivered
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled


Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

Coat the steak with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill or hot pan and don't move it for at least 2 minutes. Grill steak 3 minutes total on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat; let stand 8 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

While steak rests, combine lemon juice, honey, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mixed greens and toss to coat. Add nectarines and scallions. Arrange the sliced steak on top of the dressed greens and sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Tips: This is a great dish to make with a leftover grilled steak; just take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while you prepare the salad. Slice the meat just before serving. Pair with a light red wine like a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais for a festive late-summer supper.

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