This spectacular salad, the Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger, was stolen – or at least the idea of it was. This is my version of a Taphouse Salad, inspired by a beer pub in Sioux Falls, Taphouse 41. First of all, I never would have thought to order such a thing – my Dad did. Then I salivated over his meal while I ate mine. Bless his heart, he did give me a little tidbit here and there.
The Taphouse calls this a “Hamburger Salad.” Sounds a little iffy, huh? I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Then it came and it was a mess of Spring Greens with roasted tomatoes, apple, brie, mushrooms and a Sorghum Vinaigrette – the surprise was a gorgeous little “smash-style” burger hidden under it all, soaking up all the flavors.
About Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:
So, of course, the next few times we went, I ordered the salad myself and tried to memorize the tastes, and questioned the waiter, too. Turns out the chef is quite proud of his dressing – and with good reason. As far as I can tell, he should be proud of everything there! Stop in if you’re in the area.
I went just a bit less sweet with my Sorghum Vinaigrette. You have to try that dressing, it’s gobsmacking good. I made a few other little changes: Goat Cheese instead of Brie and came up with my own Oven Roasted Tomatoes. I know I’ll be making versions of this salad for a long time to come. Maybe with pears, maybe with a few of my candied pecans instead of mushrooms.
One of the things I really like about this meal is it can satisfy so many people with different diets. Serving carnivores? Well, they’re happy with the burger, and it’s nothing to toss it on a bun and serve the salad as a side. Vegetarians can go sans burger – there’s enough heft to the salad with the cheese and mushrooms to carry someone over. And of course, served as is, it’s a great low carb meal – just watch the dressing.
Making Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:
The Taphouse Salad has a lot of ingredients, and most of those have their own special touches. Luckily, most of it can be made ahead. The Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette, the Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and the Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Onions can be ready to go when you’re ready to make the salad. You’ll just have to heat up the Pan Roasted Mushrooms and the Smash-Style burgers cook incredibly fast.
The Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Taphouse Salad are really slow roasted and you’ll need to plan ahead. They roast in the oven for six to eight hours at 200 degrees. And they are absolutely incredible and worth every single minute of time. You’ll want to make a whole sheet pan of them just to maximize your time.
Saving Money on Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger:
As far as bringing this in on a budget, here’s a case where I opted to use a Spring Salad Mix – if you have a great store where you can mix and match your salad greens, you’ll likely pay much less. If not, think about making this when there’s a great special.
The prepackaged mixes generally go for anywhere between four and 10 times the cost of buying lettuce by the head. Don’t forget to watch for specials and use a coupon, if possible, on the goat cheese, while you’re at it. I often find buy one get one free specials on what I call “near deli” cheese.
I do buy ground beef in the larger packages when it’s on sale and freeze it in smaller portions for the family. I have found for burgers, whenever possible, use ground beef that hasn’t been frozen, and use at least the 80/20, not a lean ground beef. It really does make a difference.Print
Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms & Smashburger
This Taphouse Salad is spectacular. Each component shines. Plan ahead for the slow roasted tomatoes, they take 6 to 8 hours. Once you have them, and the Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette, you can have this salad on the table in about 30 minutes.
- Yield: 4 servings
The recipe, here, is basically just assembly. Add burger to plate, top with greens. Add tomatoes, apple, and mushrooms each, respectively, to a corner of the plate. Top with goat cheese and drizzle with vinaigrette…
Here are all the components of the Taphouse Salad:
This is also my first time linking to Saucy Saturdays – a food and craft link party! Saucy Saturdays chose The Taphouse Salad as one of their features, and also chose it as an outstanding recipe of the year! Thank you guys!