Rare Beef Salad With Tarragon Aioli and Balsamic Dressing

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READY IN: 11hrs 15mins
Recipe by Daydream

This magnificent rare beef salad is perfect for summer entertaining. Adapted from a recipe by Kate Lamont.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C).
  2. While the oven is heating, bring the beef to room temperature, and make the balsamic dressing: Place the balsamic vinegar, port and brown sugar in a medium-sized sized saucepan, and stir. Bring to the boil, then immediately reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to less than 1 cup of syrup. Cool.
  3. Rub the beef with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Tie it with kitchen string so that it retains its shape.
  4. Heat a heavy, preferably non-stick skillet, and seal the meat on all sides.
  5. Place seared beef on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, or longer to your preference. Allow it to rest, in a warm place, for 30 minutes.
  6. While the oven is still on and the meat is resting, place the bread on a baking tray, drizzle or brush with olive oil, and bake until golden. Cool.
  7. Meanwhile prepare the salad: Blanch the beans in boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes, until barely cooked. They should remain crisp. Refresh in hot water immediately, then drain. Peel and slice the roasted red bell peppers into bite-sized pieces. Skin, seed and dice the tomatoes.
  8. Slice beef and transfer it to a suitable-sized serving bowl, along with the juices.
  9. Add the salad ingredients - beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, parsley, salad greens, and bread - and mix together gently.
  10. Fold through the tarragon aioli.
  11. Serve drizzled with reduced balsamic.

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