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Outback Steakhouse Chopped Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

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.

Outback Steakhouse Chopped Blue Cheese Salad Recipe
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Ingredients
  • INGREDIENTS
  • CANDIED CINNAMON PECANS
  • ⅓ cup pecans sliced-lengthwise
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons butter, melted
  • SALAD
  • 3 cups chopped butter or bibb lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped red leaf lettuce
  • 3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • BLUE CHEESE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. DIRECTIONS
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Slice each pecan half into at least three lengthwise pieces.
  4. Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar.
  5. Toss the pecans with the melted butter, then with the cinnamon/sugar mixture, making sure to coat them all evenly.
  6. Put the nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until sugar is caramelized.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and slide the pecans off of the parchment to cool.
  8. Chop all of the lettuce into small bite-sized pieces; and rinse them with cool water.
  9. Slice the green onion.
  10. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.
  11. Place the chopped lettuce into a serving bowl large enough to allow you to toss the salad.
  12. Add the vinaigrette and toss thoroughly.
  13. Sprinkle with the chopped onion.
  14. Break the cooled pecan slices apart and sprinkle them over the salad.
  15. Enjoy!

14 comments
julieanne0709
julieanne0709

My husband loves this outback salad. I made the dressing and he was in heaven. Thank you for your time perfecting the recipe.

Izyb
Izyb

Wow, this recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you. I was out of sour cream so I used fat free fage Greek yogurt and surprisingly it was delicious. I was always nervous to use yogurt as I didn't think it would taste good but boy am I glad I tried. Yum

Xavier
Xavier

Get rid of the white vinegar, dijon mustard, and sour cream and add brown sugar. While not sure of the amounts for the ingrediants in the recipe (I used to work for OS and added everything to taste), brown sugar, I know for a fact, is in the BCV. Keep it simple: Olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Basil, Brown Sugar, Blue Cheese, and salt/pepper is all you should need, trust me. This should help it taste more like the original.

Nadia
Nadia

I just made this. It serves maybe 4 ppl so I made doubles it's quite delicious also do yourself a favor and just buy candied pecans 5 star recipe tho'

Alyssa
Alyssa

Loved this and have gotten a request for the recipe from everyone who I've served it to. I usually add more of the candied nuts since they are so scrumptious. Thanks Chef Pablo!!

Jodi
Jodi

Yummy. Super fast and easy, even if you make your own pecans. I served it as a main course with grilled chicken breast.

rainbowcreek
rainbowcreek

LOL about the vinegar comment. As with any recipe, take another 30 seconds to taste and adjust to your preference. This looks perfect, will have to try it this weekend. Now I'm off to find the coconut shrimp and sauce recipe to go with it.

Geri
Geri

Outback's chopped blue cheese salad has fried angel hair pasta...this recipe does not.

Rich
Rich

I was wondering if you know approximately how many people this will feed as a side dish? Thanks much

SMW
SMW

This is one of my favorite salads. I was just wondering about how much does this recipe serve? I live with 11 college students (most are hungry guy students).

Leroy Jenkins
Leroy Jenkins

This had waaaay too much vinegar. Why post this if it doesn't taste at all like Outback dressing? I want a refund and five minutes of my life back.

harold gosling
harold gosling

It was the perfect salad to have before my prime rib dinner with delious garden vegetables and a wonderful sweet potato. We have never not had a perfect meal at the outback.

Izyb
Izyb

I also added an avocado and a chopped apple and some craisins. So good

Chef Pablo
Chef Pablo

Gladly willing to refund those 5 minutes.

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