Outback Steakhouse Chopped Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

2014-05-29

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  • Yield : 1 Lg. Bowl
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 45m

Restaurant recipes are very popular at pot lucks and this one won’t disappoint your friends and family.  It’s an amazing mix of the sweet candied pecans and the smooth creamy taste of the blue cheese.  I’ve modified this from some other recipes you’ll find online to make the dressing a bit sweeter than others.  This is as close as you’ll get to the real recipe from Outback Steakhouse.

If you’re bringing this to a potluck, make sure you chill the salad bowl before adding the salad and toss everything just before you leave.

It may be easier to just buy some ready-made candied pecans instead of making them from scratch.  If you want to duplicate the Outback salad recipe, you’ll need to put in the extra effort.

The blue cheese is very important because it’s such a strong part of the flavor.  If you skimp on this, you’ll be detracting from the entire salad.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pecans sliced-lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 3 cups chopped butter or bibb lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped red leaf lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fried noodle pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2

Slice each pecan half into at least three lengthwise pieces.

Step 3

Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar.

Step 4

Toss the pecans with the melted butter, then with the cinnamon/sugar mixture, making sure to coat them all evenly.

Step 5

Put the nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until sugar is caramelized.

Step 6

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and slide the pecans off of the parchment to cool.

Step 7

Chop all of the lettuce and cabbage into small bite-sized pieces; and rinse them with cool water.

Step 8

Slice the green onion and shred the carrots if you didn't purchase them already shredded.

Step 9

In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, sour cream, honey and chopped basil. Whisk vigorously until very well blended.

Step 10

Place the chopped lettuce, cabbage and shredded carrots into a serving bowl large enough to allow you to toss the salad.

Step 11

Add the vinaigrette and toss thoroughly.

Step 12

Sprinkle with the chopped onion, fried noodles and crumbled blue cheese and then top with the caramelized pecans.

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