It's the wonderful array of ingredients that make this barbecue roast beef salad so tasty and yet it's still a really healthy barbecue recipe.
In effect this recipe is a carpaccio, quickly seared on all sides over high heat and the centre still raw (and cold) in the middle.
Note:- A single solid hunk of beef is safe to eat provided the outside has been cooked because any nasties grow on the surface of the meat, they don't actually penetrate the flesh. Do not apply this rule to anything made from ground beef.
The best cut of beef to use is fillet for two reasons:-
Fillet is the muscle close to the spine of the cow / steer. It doesn't get much activity as the animal is grazing so it remains tender with little fat and connective tissue.
That said, it doesn't have the strongest flavour so a good dose of seasoning always helps.
Here's my pitch, my coals are not yet ready (too much smoke) but I'm ready to show the Italians how to do it!
Picture yourself in the Italian quarter or if possible right there in the heart of Tuscany. A town market full of sun dried produce, garlic and olive oil...my mouth is watering just writing about it!
Next best thing, get down the deli and make up this salad, you won't be disappointed. There's enough here for four good healthy barbecue roast beef salad platters.
Serves:- 8 people
Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Cooking Time:- 18 minutes
Total Time:- 28 minutes
Cut the salad to your fancy and build a good leaf & tomato base. Next mix up the ingredients for the balsamic vinaigrette in a jug.
If you've got a good thick steak you'll note that you've got six sides to sear. Make sure that your coals are good and hot and grill each side of the beef giving it about 3 minutes on each side.
Once the side has been cooked you can then season it with salt and black pepper. I always do this after the sear because adding salt prior to searing can toughen the meat slightly. Similarly scorched pepper tastes bitter.
When all the sides have been seared, allow the beef to cool for 30 minutes and then slice thinly. Layer a few slices over your salad base, season again and drizzle the vinaigrette over to leave a glossy sheen.
Imagination still in Tuscany? Better go for a glass of Chianti!