Steak and Arugula Salad

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CHEF SHANNON NEWMAN

SYSCO CORPORATE

SERVES 1

 

INGREDIENTS:

CANDIED PECANS

1 large Wholesome Farms egg, separated

2 Tbsp. water

½ tsp. Sysco Imperial McCormick vanilla extract

1 cup Sysco Classic brown sugar

½ tsp. Sysco Imperial McCormick cinnamon

tsp. Sysco Imperial McCormick cayenne

½ tsp. Sysco Classic salt

1 lb. pecan halves

1 4-oz. Certified Angus Beef filet mignon of beef tenderloin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sysco Classic Grill and Griddle cooking spray

1 cup Imperial Fresh spring mix

1 cup Imperial Fresh arugula

¼ cup thinly sliced Imperial Fresh red onion, rinsed under warm water to remove acid

¼ cup dried cherries

¼ cup Sysco Imperial crumbled blue cheese

1 Casa Solana Imperial avocado, thinly sliced

2 oz. Sysco Imperial blackberry peppercorn vinaigrette

 

DIRECTIONS:

FOR THE CANDIED PECANS

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk the egg white with the water and vanilla extract until very frothy. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Add pecans to egg white mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour half the sugar mixture over the pecans and toss several times.

Then add the remaining sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated. Pour coated pecans over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread into an even layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.

FOR THE FILET

Season the meat on both sides with salt and pepper. Place on a charbroiler that has been sprayed with oil and grill until medium-rare and internal temperature reaches about 125 degrees. Remove from grill and let rest.

While the steak is resting, combine the spring mix, arugula, onion, cherries and blue cheese in a large bowl. Gently fold in the avocado as to not break the slices. Slice the steak into strips and arrange on top of the salad. Sprinkle with pecans, drizzle with blackberry peppercorn vinaigrette and serve.