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Sam the Cooking Guy, Steak Salad Recipe, & San Diego Restaurant Week

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Sam the Cooking Guy + Fresh Express

Sam Zien – known to most as “Sam the Cooking Guy” – and his super-fun cooking classes are a local favorites here in San Diego, but you can also get a taste of him on his Discovery Health show (nationally), his own show (certain markets), and in his first cookbook – Just a Bunch of Recipes.

He also recently hooked up with Fresh Express to help promote their new line of Seasonal Salads, and hosted a little get-together at his house last week to give a personal demo of what you can do with these salads… delivered in his signature funny, laid-back style of course!

Sam the Cooking Guy + Fresh Express{photos courtesy of Shawna Parks}

Sam whipped up 3 different types of salads, which we happily taste-tested: steak & goat cheese, spicy grilled shrimp, and a Mediterranean spinach salad with roasted tomatoes (plus a fabulous Pesto Pizza appetizer!). All of the recipes were quick & easy, featured minimal dressing – and, most importantly – tasted super DELICIOUS!

Here’s the full recipe for the Steak Salad (pictured above).


Steak Salad with Goat Cheese & Crispy Tortillas
(Serves 2)

4 oz Fresh Express® French Blossom Trio Salad
8 oz steak, cooked and sliced thin
4 oz goat cheese
2 fajita-sized tortillas
2 Tbsp olive oil
Juice from 1/2 a lime (about 1 Tbsp)
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1-2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped fine
Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

• Combine oil, lime juice, vinegar, cilantro and salt & pepper. Mix well.
• Slice tortillas into matchsticks and cook in a dry, medium hot, non-stick pan until crispy, then remove from the heat and set aside.
• Put salad in a bowl and add just enough dressing to lightly coat
• Plate greens and top with steak, goat cheese, and tortillas.


San Diego Restaurant Week

Sam and Fresh Express are also helping to promote Restaurant Week here in San Diego – when more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants offer a fixed price, 3-course meal for $20, $30, or $40. This is a great excuse to get out and try some restaurants you’ve never been to before…at a discounted price!

And due to it’s popularity, Restaurant Week has recently been extended for another week… through Sept 25th! Click here for full details.

Speaking of restaurants, learn to “Dine Like a Pro” with these tips from Sam…one of his 3 video clips is pictured below. Check all 3 videos out here.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

4 responses to “Sam the Cooking Guy, Steak Salad Recipe, & San Diego Restaurant Week”

  1. cheap fiancee says:

    I am a huge fan of Sam the Cooking guy. Used to watch his show all the on local programming when I lived in San Diego. Its hilarious how accident prone he is. Love the dog cameos too.

  2. LInda says:

    My husband has recently decided his favorite black and bleu salad is the steak salad served at a local restaurant. This steak salad recipe will give me a reason to stay home instead of spending extra money. The fried tortilla sticks should be the perfect topper. Thank you

  3. Down Pillow says:

    Both recipes sound yummy – thanks for sharing :)

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