Copy Cat Brio Steak Salad with Cream Horseradish Dressing

Every now and then I eat a salad that completely knocks my socks off. Some salads are plain and ordinary, while others are so delicious, you just can’t put into words just how tasty it is. This is one of those amazing salad recipes you need to make for yourself to see.

My aunt first introduced me to this salad. It was two years ago almost to the day. The week before my husband came down with Guillain Barre Syndrome, my sister-in-law and I decided to take a girls trip to vegas to visit my aunt and her family. While there, my aunt couldn’t stop raving about this incredible salad from a restaurant called, BRIO. I had, at that point, never heard of BRIO before but by they way she described this salad, I knew it was going to require a trip to experience it. My sister-in-law and I LOVED it! My aunt has since come up with her own copy cat version of the salad which I am am going to share it with you today.

The flavor of this salad is what sets it apart from others. You have fresh greens, topped with sliced steak cooked to perfection, tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, candied pecans, fresh vegetables all coated with a balsamic GLAZE (yes they do make such a thing) and a Creamy Horseradish Dressing. Each bite you take will pop with mouthwatering flavor. You can thank my awesome aunt for this delicious recipe :)

Copy Cat Brio Steak Salad with Creamy Horseradish Dressing on ...This is one salad you will want to make over and over again!

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Copy Cat Brio Steak Salad with Cream Horseradish Dressing
So many delicious flavors and textures combine to create a salad you will want to make over and over again!
Recipe type: Salad
  • 3 medium Morton's tri-tip steaks, grilled and sliced to desired doneness (any seasoned tri-tip steak will work, I just prefer Morton's which can be found at Costco)
  • 1 Bag Spring Mix lettuce
  • 1 Bag Hearts of Romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • ½ cup craisins
  • ¾ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sugar coated pecans
  • Balsamic Glaze (It IS a glaze. You can find it next to the balsamic vinegar at the grocery store)
  • Creamy Horseradish Dressing (see recipe below)
  1. Cook steak according to desired doneness and slice.
  2. Toss Spring Mix lettuce and Hearts of Romaine together in a large salad bowl.
  3. Top Salad with feta, craisins, grape tomatoes and sugar coated pecans.
  4. Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze and Creamy Horseradish Dressing when ready to serve. (See Creamy Horseradish Dressing recipe below)

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Cream Horseradish Dressing
A creamy dressing packed with the kick of flavor of Horseradish.
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
  • 1½ cups Heavy cream
  • ½ cup mayonaise
  • 1 cup Horseradish sauce, you can use less if you would like
  • 4 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • ⅛ tsp. salt, more if needed to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper, more if needed to taste
  • ½ tsp. sugar, more if need to taste
  1. In a small/medium bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks, set aside.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, combine mayonaise, Horseradish sauce and dijon mustard and stir to combine. Fold in whipped heavy cream. Add salt, pepper, sugar and adjust to desired taste.


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  1. Cassey

    Oh my Yum! This might be a salad my meat- loving husband could actually get excited about! I am making this!

  2. Cindy

    Hi Nikki, I have a question: Is this horseradish the creamy kind with mayo, or the stronger version?

  3. Jan Tanis


    Hi Nikki,

    Even though I've been following your blog for a while, I never knew the story of what you and Derek went through with his illness. PTL that he is OK now. That's awesome. And the whole "Daily Bread" story reminded me of my bout of Bell's Palsy...which I have posted about on my Blog since I got it on May 28, 2012. I was so moved by your story that I am posting about it tomorrow on my Sunday Feature...Sunday Quiet Time. I hope you'll stop by after midnight (eastern time) when it will post. Hugs,


    ps...that's an awesome Salad Recipe!

  4. Julie @White Lights on Wednesday

    Can we talk about this salad for a minute. I worked at BRIO for a year and a half and I ordered this salad at least twice a week. It's sooooo good! It was going to be one of the big things I missed from working there. I'm so happy I found this! :)

  5. Cathy Lamont

    This recipe is so close to the Brio recipe!! I devoured it!! Thanks for sharing this :)

  6. Ed

    Made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and all I can say is WOW! I'm no food critic so I can't really explain how it tasted other than to say the favors and textures all complimented each other very well. I will say the dressing recipe does yield quite a bit so you may want to consider halving the amount. Of course that will depend on how much you put on. Bottom line is this is a fantastic recipe from front to back. Thank you for posting!!