Rare beef & anchovy salad with rocket & Caesar dressing

Rare beef & anchovy salad with rocket & Caesar dressing

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus resting

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Serves 6
A full-flavoured, tender piece of beef with a creamy dressing, salty anchovies and crisp, peppery rocket

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per servings

  • kcal477
  • fat39g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.44g
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  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg sirloin roasting joint
  • 200ml Caesar salad dressing (see recipe, below)
  • 200g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 140g beansprouts


    been sp-rowts

    The two most common beansprouts are the green-capped mung bean

  • 10 anchovies, rinsed and torn



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • parmesan shavings, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the barbecue or griddle pan to medium-high and oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Oil the beef, season generously, then griddle or barbecue, fat-side down, for 5 mins until well crusted and dark. Turn the meat and sear on all other sides, turning it every 2 mins or so until charred all over. If you’re using a griddle, spoon out any excess fat if you need to. Transfer the pan to the oven or move the beef to a cooler part of the barbecue, then cook for 25 mins. Rest for 30 mins. In the meantime, make the dressing (see recipe below), then set it aside in the fridge.

  2. Thinly slice the beef and lay the slices over a large platter. Mix together the rocket, beansprouts and torn anchovies, mix with 100ml of the dressing, then throw the salad over the meat. Drizzle with more dressing, scatter over Parmesan shavings and serve with bread or new potatoes.

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19th May, 2010
This was really delicious. We used frying steak rather than a joint as there are only two of us and buying the whole joint would have been uneconomical. Particularly liked the anchovy in it, and the crunch from the bean sprouts was great.
6th May, 2010
Made the caesar dressing today, really lovely and creamy.
16th Aug, 2009
Really loved this recipe. Children have asked for this for Sunday lunch today instead of Roast Beef and Yorkshires!
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