Warm roast beef salad with griddled spring onions

Enjoy tender steak infused with garlic, served on a bed of little gem lettuce with griddled spring onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with warm ciabatta bread and a home-made mustard aioli for that extra bite.

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For the roast beef salad

  • 450 g piece hanger or onglet steak
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 small spring onions, trimmed
  • 4 little gem lettuces, trimmed and cut in half lengthways
  • 100 g semi sun-dried cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar

For the aioli

  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml sunflower oil
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground white pepper

To serve

  • Ciabatta bread

For the roast beef salad

  • 450 g piece hanger or onglet steak
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 small spring onions, trimmed
  • 4 little gem lettuces, trimmed and cut in half lengthways
  • 100 g semi sun-dried cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar

For the aioli

  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml sunflower oil
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground white pepper

To serve

  • Ciabatta bread

Step 1

To make the aioli, break the egg into the food processor and add the garlic, half a teaspoon of salt and the vinegar, sugar, mustard and half of the olive oil. Secure the lid and whizz for 10 seconds.

Step 2

Leave to stand for a couple of seconds, then turn on again and pour the remaining olive oil and sunflower oil through the feeder tube in a thin steady stream. This should take 25-30 seconds.

Step 3

Switch off the machine, take off the lid, scrape down the sides, and whizz again for 2-3 seconds, then season to taste. Transfer to a bowl, then cover and chill until needed.

Step 4

Heat a cast iron griddle pan until searing hot and lightly smoking. Rub the sirloin steak all over with the cut garlic clove and then rub in a tablespoon of the olive oil. Add to the griddle pan and cook for about 8 minutes on each side until nicely marked but still rare on the inside. Season with salt, then loosely cover with tin foil and set aside in a warm place.

Step 5

Wipe the griddle pan clean. Place the rest of the olive oil with some seasoning in a shallow dish and add the spring onions, tossing to coat. Place on the griddle pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until nicely marked, turning regularly. Meanwhile, smear the cut little gem lettuces in the rest of the olive oil and add to the griddle pan. Cook for 2 minutes on each side until well marked but still holding their shape.

Step 6

Arrange the little gem lettuce halves on a platter and add the spring onions and semi-sun dried cherry tomatoes. Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar. Cut the steak into 1 cm slices and arrange on top. Whisk any juices from the sirloin into the aioli and drizzle a little on top of the salad. Serve with the ciabatta bread.

Step 1

To make the aioli, break the egg into the food processor and add the garlic, half a teaspoon of salt and the vinegar, sugar, mustard and half of the olive oil. Secure the lid and whizz for 10 seconds.

Step 2

Leave to stand for a couple of seconds, then turn on again and pour the remaining olive oil and sunflower oil through the feeder tube in a thin steady stream. This should take 25-30 seconds.

Step 3

Switch off the machine, take off the lid, scrape down the sides, and whizz again for 2-3 seconds, then season to taste. Transfer to a bowl, then cover and chill until needed.

Step 4

Heat a cast iron griddle pan until searing hot and lightly smoking. Rub the sirloin steak all over with the cut garlic clove and then rub in a tablespoon of the olive oil. Add to the griddle pan and cook for about 8 minutes on each side until nicely marked but still rare on the inside. Season with salt, then loosely cover with tin foil and set aside in a warm place.

Step 5

Wipe the griddle pan clean. Place the rest of the olive oil with some seasoning in a shallow dish and add the spring onions, tossing to coat. Place on the griddle pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until nicely marked, turning regularly. Meanwhile, smear the cut little gem lettuces in the rest of the olive oil and add to the griddle pan. Cook for 2 minutes on each side until well marked but still holding their shape.

Step 6

Arrange the little gem lettuce halves on a platter and add the spring onions and semi-sun dried cherry tomatoes. Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar. Cut the steak into 1 cm slices and arrange on top. Whisk any juices from the sirloin into the aioli and drizzle a little on top of the salad. Serve with the ciabatta bread.