I decided I wanted to attempt to make an Outback meal at home for my husband. We haven’t been on a date in a long time so I thought maybe it’d be cheaper to make the meal at home. (I think if you factor in the cost of babysitting it may have been cheaper.) Anyway I’m going to do a few posts coming up of all the recipes I made. I did their Tangy Tomato salad dressing, their Bushman bread, which I also made into croutons for the salad, honey butter, their jacket potatoes and steak marinade.
The dressing I made with Splenda instead of real sugar because I was trying to keep this a little lower calorie than I would have had at the restaurant. I think the dressing was similar to Outback’s dressing, but because I used the Splenda it wasn’t quite the same. It still had that kick that you get when you eat theirs. If you’re not looking for a lower calorie version, definitely go with the regular sugar! Using MyFitnessPal I came up with this dressing being 37 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup Splenda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed minced onions (or onion powder)
- 1 pinch thyme
- 1 dash salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, whisking often, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
- Cover the dressing until cool, then refrigerate it until well chilled or overnight.
To pull the whole salad together, toast up your croutons (I’ll post the recipe later.) Toss your greens in the salad dressing and put in bowl. Top with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and a little bit of cheese. Simple!