Friday Faves and Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Stone Fruit

by heidi on August 17, 2012

Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Nectarines Recipe from FoodieCrush

I just stepped out of the orchard. No, I mean literally, I just stepped out of the orchard.

Today I stepped out of a van, into a picturesque Oregon orchard, to photograph, gawk and fondle some of the world’s most coveted pears and peaches grown and harvested by gifting company Harry & David. But more of that to come in a future post…

Ironically I had planned on posting this recipe before I actually visited the orchards, but I’m realizing the visit must have been on my mind when I started craving this salad since the nectarines have been ripening on my kitchen counter for the past week.

Some things happen for a reason. Right?

But first let’s talk about some of my Friday Favorites, stuff I’ve been crushing on this week via the www…

Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Nectarines Recipe from FoodieCrush

1. If I could, I would. Have a print version of FoodieCrush  that is. But since I don’t, these two independent pubs are at the top of my printed food magazine want list: First, the foodie love child  brought to us by Stephanie and Anita lovingly crafted with stunning photography and thoughtful prose.

2. Second is this purdy new food pub with a Kinfolk flair that’s sure to inspire the languid lifestyle so many of us romanticize about.

3.Sunday is National Potato Day. I’m thinking some of these should be on your menu.

4. Food bloggers know food, but they also like fashion. My man is proud to sport one of Stephanie’s t’s  on stage (he prefers his in purple)…

5. While Kelsey keeps the jams spinning as she keeps on cooking in a sky blue variety

6. And for all of you Instagram obsessors, think about turning your pics into wearable art. Who’s going to get creative with food photos?

7. One of everyone’s favorite food photographers will soon be teaching you how to be just like him. Or at least try to. Pre-order Matt’s new book, absorb the wisdom of this picture taking prodigy and practice, practice, practice. You might just become the best looking book on the block. If you missed it, check out my interview with Matt in my blogger spotlight.

8. Seems like everyone’s taking the last two weeks of August to head out of town, including me. This super cool app takes a favorite camera phone photo and creates an instant postcard that’s mailed to loved ones back home.

9. And once I do get home from my trip, I’m going to be all over Erin’s thoroughly comprehensive canning guide. Bread and butter pickles are calling my name.

10. Are you signed up for my newsletter? I’ll be creating special content and contests delivered once a month that you’ll only find there, so please sign up to not miss out.

I don’t want you to miss out on this salad, so back to our regularly scheduled feasting program…

Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Nectarines Recipe from FoodieCrush

I’m not a huge steak eater, but when I do I want it to be juicy and succulent. I want it to entice me with it’s wafting aroma coming off a charcoal grill. I want it to possess the perfect medium rare char.

Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Nectarines Recipe from FoodieCrush

I’ve been obsessing about skirt steak ever since I saw it on the menu of a chi-chi (prn. shee-shee) L.A. restaurant. But do you think I could find that cut in my part of the woods? No, not for the past 3 years.

So when I came upon both skirt steak and hanger steak cuts at one of my little hole in the wall grocers I snapped it up for the perfect recipe that’s been stuck in my summer lovin’ head.

Balsamic Skirt Steak Salad with Nectarines Recipe from FoodieCrush

With summer’s harvest coming to bear in the form of low hanging fruit sweetened to the perfect juice factor, fields flush with nectarines, cherries, and peaches are perfect accents to this easy-to-pull-together salad that’s both sweet, tart, and yes, juicy and hits all the right notes with sweetly marinaded steak.

It’s my idea of a perfect summer dinner.

Balsamic Skirt Steak with Nectarines, Cherries & Gorgonzola Cheese

Serving Size: serves 4

Balsamic Skirt Steak with Nectarines, Cherries & Gorgonzola Cheese

A light honey dressing complements this savory steak marinade with juicy stone fruit topped with piquant gorgonzola cheese.

Ingredients

1 to 1 ½ pound skirt steak or other thin steak such as Hanger steak or flank steak
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 pinch chili flakes
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon honey
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 nectarine, pit removed and sliced
6-8 cups baby salad greens
20-25 cherries, pitted
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup gorgonzola or cambazola cheese
dressing
½ cup fruity olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons honey
pinch kosher salt
1 tablespoon or more of fresh tarragon sprigs

Instructions

  1. Mix olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, chili flakes, garlic, rosemary and honey in a bowl and pour into a large Ziploc freezer bag. Add skirt steak to bag, wrap tightly or lay bag flat so marinade covers steak and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Meanwhile make dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Prepare charcoal grill and bring temperature to medium high. Remove steak from bag and discard marinade. Cook steak for 3-5 minutes each side depending on your preference of doneness. Rest steak for 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Assemble salad greens on plates with nectarines, cherries, cucumbers, red onion and cheese and top with sliced steak and top with dressing.
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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

balsamic and cherries can do no wrong!

love that light blue tshirt and that your hubs is in band – how fun!

and loving that Matt has a new book coming out and that you’re going on a H & D trip? Some girls have all the luck!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

Heidi! You are killing me over here! It’s my last day of a juice cleanse and all I want to do is bite into that beautiful balsamic steak! Ugh, torture! I can’t wait to make this. I just added skirt steak to my grocery list!

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carrian August 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

I loooove balsamic steak. It’s so delicious. In fact, one of our favorites!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

Can’t wait til I have a house..and a grill..so I can make this!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I think as a reaction to years of horrible Colorado tomatoes (even in season the grocery has hothouse tomatoes!) I’ve seen a huge shift in my main course salads to using more fruits. It was easy with chicken but it took me a bit to think beef steak (and I LOVE flank steak) would work. But it does and you have also shown how gorgeous it can be. Also using my new favorite, cambozola cheese? This is absolutely perfect.

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Marian (Sweetopia) August 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Heidi, this post is packed with amazing info. ~ from recipe to tees to apps I need to check out. Thanks for all this valuable info., and have fun at Harry & David’s event! Pics on instagram look great… oh and your husband rockin’ out ~ makes me smile ~ love it!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I love skirt steak salads, this looks fantastic with the balsamic and stone fruit!

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Nikki @Pennies on a Platter August 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I am already trying to plan the first postcard I want to send with the Postagram app! Thanks for sharing that!! :)

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Martyna @ Wholesome Cook August 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

That salad looks so tasty and summery Heidi. As our days are starting to warm up, nearing spring, I am trying to incorporate more fruit into our meals. While peaches are not yet in season, we have some cherries and good pears around that would probably work…

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Delishhh August 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

Just gorgeous. I am eager to hear about your trip to Oregon. I love balsamic marinades skirt and hanger steak, i just made a very similar recipe. Chat soon!

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patti August 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

This is truly mouth-watering.

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Becky August 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This looks delicious Heidi! Love love me some stone fruit. We’re entering my very favorite food season.

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bridget {bake at 350} August 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I’m loving that picture of your hubby!!!

It was beyond a pleasure meeting you! I was a little nervous to meet THE foodie crush. ;) I hope we have more time to hang out again soon….loved getting to know you!!!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This looks delicious!! I just read about that trip to Harry & David’s via Jessica’s blog–it sounded like an incredible time :) Love your site.

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Jessie August 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

mmm… gorgeous! love the photos. Want to dig right in!!!

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