I realize that the idea of bbq beef on a green salad with fruit and a sweet dressing may sound a little odd, but it was refreshing--even Mr.W ate it with gusto (after a few tentative first nibbles).
I tossed together curly endive and baby spinach leaves along with a couple of sliced tomatoes and half a cubed cucumber and set that aside. Beef strips were quickly pan-fried and tossed with some All Purpose Sauce.
I have to take a moment to talk about this sauce. The lovely people at Country Bob's approached me and sent me two bottles to try, and it's delicious. I've been enjoying this tangy, spicy-sweet sauce on chicken, pork, beef and even shrimp. The product website has a number of yummy-looking recipe ideas (basically use it anywhere you would use ketchup), but I can't get past just drizzling it on whatever protein I'm enjoying. It's that good.
But I digress. Back to the salad.
As I said, I pan-fried the beef and then drizzled it with all-purpose sauce. You could use your favorite bbq sauce or desired seasoning on the beef--whatever your heart desires is fine. I let it cook in so that it was not overly wet, but a little sticky with the sauce. After it cooled a bit I sprinkled it over my salad, followed by a handful of fresh, sweet blackberries a friend gave me.
For the dressing. I wanted something sweet to balance the tanginess of the beef, so I mixed equal amounts of no sugar added seedless blackberry jelly, white balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and whisked it together with a wee bit of salt and pepper. Drizzled over the salad, it was a real treat for a hot, hot day.
There's just something about a salad with meat on it, don't you think?
Now for the giveaway. While I could easily gobble up all of this sauce by myself, I find that the best way to truly enjoy something is to share it. So I'm going to send one bottle of this same, very yummylicious Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce to a U.S.-based (apologies to my international friends!) commenter to this post who (a) says they want it, and (b) tells me why they want to try it. I will narrow down the most compelling comments and then randomly choose among them using the randomizer. The deadline to leave your comment is Friday, August 1, 2008.