Steak Salad Recipe and Easy Meal

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Steak Salad Recipe

Steak Salad Recipe and Easy Meal


  • If you have leftover chili or leftover beans from a bean dish, use them to replace the hamburger for nachos the next day.
  • Applesauce can be a life saver for a quick and easy side dish. You can jazz it up by adding red cinnamon candies, or a touch of vanilla or apple pie spice in place of the usual cinnamon.
  • Keep packages of French onion dip in your pantry. For a great flavor enhancement, add a tablespoon to homemade macaroni and cheese, sprinkle on cooked veggies, mix into meatloaf or hamburger patties or just sprinkle on different meats. Be daring and try some sprinkled on homemade (or canned) dinner rolls or in your favorite potato recipe.
  • When making boxed macaroni and cheese, add 2 slices of American cheese to enhance the flavor.
  • To save yourself from having to peel so many mashed potatoes for a lot of people or if you are short of regular potatoes, peel 2-3 regular potatoes. Cook and mash them as usual and then add them to a prepared batch of instant potatoes. Your friends and family won’t be able to tell they are instant because the real potatoes give them the real potato texture, lumps and all.

In this menu, I have included a quick and easy dessert that I dedicate to my daughter, who loves anything Pina Colada flavored.



Steak Salad*
Southwestern Spuds*
Pina Colada Dessert*

This steak salad recipe is a great way to use leftover grilled steak or leftover roast and helps to stretch your meat. If you are in a hurry, you don’t have to make the dressing from scratch. Just use you favorite bottled dressing, especially one that will enhance the blue cheese flavor.

Steak Salad Recipe

6 cups salad greens
1 tomato, cubed
1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thin sliced
1/4 cup stuffed olives, sliced
1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked steak or roast, thin sliced or cubed


1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Shake together dressing ingredients, stirring in blue cheese last. Cover and chill until ready to use. On a large platter, layer salad ingredients in order.

*If you are pressed for time, you can use bottled dressing. Just take the 1/2 cup blue cheese and sprinkle on top of the salad. Then pour on the bottled dressing.


Southwestern Spuds

3 potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup (4 oz.) each cheddar cheese and pepper Jack, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained
Sour cream and salsa, optional

Peel and slice potatoes into 1/8 inch slices. Microwave in a greased 9-inch pan for 3 – 4 minutes on high, until almost tender. Sprinkle with cheeses, onion and olives. Cook in microwave some more until cheese is melted and potatoes are tender. Serve with sour cream and salsa.


Pina Colada Dessert

1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits
1 package (3.4 oz.) instant coconut cream or vanilla pudding
1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping
4 Tbsp. flaked coconut, toasted, divided
Maraschino cherries, optional

Drain pineapple, set juice aside. Beat juice and pudding for 2 minutes until thick. Fold in whipped topping, pineapple and 3 Tbsp. coconut and pour into serving dishes. Garnish with remaining coconut and a cherry and/or piece of pineapple.


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  1. Robert Kmilek says

    Happy Birthday to you !!
    Happy Birthday to you !!
    Happy Birthday Tawra !!
    Happy Birthday to you !!

  2. Alicia Webster says

    Happy Birthday, Tawra !!! I am so glad that you were born 22 years ago (wink wink) because you are an inspiration to us all.

    Enjoy your day !!

    P.S. We, also, are suffering in this heat, so you’re not alone !

  3. Patt Butti says

    Tawra, loved the book – thanks for all the great hints.
    On the Pina Colada pudding – do you add the milk to make instant pudding or do you only use the juice instead of the milk . I would think it would curdle together…..Just wondering – it sounded really good. I’m sure I can’t resist.

  4. Laura Holden says

    Another way to use leftover chili is to wrap it in tortillas with some cheese and place in a casserole dish. Top with a mix of enchilada sauce and cream of something soup. Sprinkle MORE cheese on top and bake for half an hour @ 350 degrees. Use salsa and sour cream topping if you like.

  5. Darlene says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY I hope you have a wonderful pain free day. Try not to get too worn out. :-)

  6. Darlene says

    I really love your newsletter and all the good tips and information. My husband and I rarely eat out, which I believe is one of the reasons we are practically debt free, however, my husband loves the Potato Ole’s at Taco Johns. Have you ever run across a recipe for them?

  7. says

    Happy Birthday, Tawra!

    Good luck on selling your house. Have you planted “Saint Joseph” out front?
    He’s been known to be a big help in selling houses.

    When will we get to see an updated picture of that cute little Jack!

    Thanks to you and your Mom (and Mike) for this site!

  8. cindy goodson says

    Today was also my sons b-day,Happy Birthday to you both.I love the pina colada dessert recipe.I’m making some tomorrow.Here is a nice cool drink that our family loves,fill your blender 1/2 full of ice,add about 2 or 3 cups of sunny-D juice,then add about the same or a little more pina colada mix(any brand),to your own taste.Then blend until very smooth,you might have to add more ice if you like it thick.Grab a spoon or a big straw(me),and enjoy.Don’t drink it too fast,you could get a “brain freeze”.It’s a great way to cool your body temp down in this heat,and the juice is good for you.Have a great “cool” week everyone !! :)

  9. Sheri says

    Happy Birthday!

    The Pina Colada pudding dessert sounds like something fun to try!

    A money saving tip: instead of the French Onion soup mix, I have something like Mrs. Dash that I buy at Costco. It’s an Organic No-Salt Seasoning. It’s a blend of 21 spices and ingredients. I shake some into almost every savory thing I cook. I use it in my spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, white sauce, cheese sauce, Italian dressing, veggie dip, bleu cheese dressing, you get the idea. It’s a bulk seasoning that is very versatile. I didn’t pay much for it and saves me lots of time cutting onions and garlic.

    I hope you make it to Colorado soon!

  10. Bea says

    I made the steak salad last night. It was wonderful. I just love the combination of blue cheese and steak. Thanks.

  11. Betty Harrison says

    The Pina Colada Dessert sounds wonderful. I will be using it next Sunday for my family when we all get together.

    • says

      I don’t. We have so many people now that have —free this or that diet it would be hard to cater to each one.Instead of looking for specific gluten free menus you might learn to adapt the recipes you see or have. For example this menu is almost totally gluten free. If you are worried about the pudding in the dessert then just use the pineapple, coconut and maybe add oranges for a nice fruit dessert to replace it.
      Another example is when we have a menu for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli and fruit salad. This is can be totally gluten free if you just leave out the crackers or bread crumbs in the meat loaf recipe. I personally am not on a gluten free diet but leave the bread crumbs out because I just don’t like the taste of them in meatloaf. Another thing you could do is change the recipe from meatloaf to fried hamburger patties and use the rest of the menu.
      If you have a lunch menu that says ham sandwiches in my mind it is no biggy. I would take my ham, roll it around a dill pickle and voila that replaces my sandwich.
      I try help people understand that for the amount of time they spend trying to look on the internet or through cookbooks for gluten free menus, not to mention the money they spend, They could very easily take their regular menus or regular menus they see and adapt them.

  12. cheryl says

    Can you please tell me how to make whipped topping or a substitute for it? I have never seen a product called this.

    • says

      Sure can Cheryl. First here is a picture of what whipped topping looks like.

      Now if you can find it to buy it all it is is pre made whipped cream usually called Cool Whip. To make that you buy heavy cream (sometimes it says whipping cream on the carton). Beat it with a mixer until it makes peaks. You can add a little sugar to taste when it starts to get the peaks.
      2 tips: Don’t over beat it. Once it gets good peaks stop beating because it will turn into butter if you keep beating.
      It sometimes helps to use a cold bowl and beaters but you don’t have to.
      Years ago we had to always make our own whipped cream from liquid cream. Then the came out with Cool Whip or as they call it now to include all brands – frozen whipped topping. No mixing needed just use.

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