Skip to main content

Venison Gorgonzola Salad with Fried Eggplant Croutons Recipe

This venison salad recipe is topped with crispy fried eggplant croutons and drizzled with a flavorful homemade Gorgonzola dressing

Venison Gorgonzola Salad with Fried Eggplant Croutons Recipe
Your guests will think you picked this Venison Gorgonzola Salad with Fried Eggplant Croutons Recipe from a 5-star restaurant! (Jeff Kuhl photo)
Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time:12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds whole venison backstrap
  • Buttermilk
  • Fresh basil
  • Garlic
  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pink sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon basil powder
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 8 ounces spring mix
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Red onions
  • Balsamic vinegar to drizzle on top
  • Dried apricots, dates, prunes, cranberries (optional)
  • 2-3 cups shredded carrot, cabbage, veggie blend (optional)
  • 1 cup pickled banana peppers (optional)

Fried Eggplant Crouton Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:


  1. Marinate the venison backstrap in the buttermilk, fresh basil and garlic for 48 hours.
  2. Pour olive oil in a cast-iron skillet, heat over medium heat. Rinse off marinade and pat the backstrap dry with a kitchen towel.
  3. Roll venison in seasonings listed up to, but not including, Gorgonzola cheese. Place in skillet and cook for 1 ½ minutes on each of the 4 sides for medium rare, 3 minutes on each side for medium-well to well-done. Let sit 20 minutes, then slice ⅓ inch thick.
  4. In separate saucepan, melt butter. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add cheese. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add white wine.
  5. Tear lettuce into 1 ½-inch squares and place in large bowl. Add all other vegetable and sliced venison on top.
  6. To make the eggplant croutons, sprinkle eggplant with salt, then roll in bread crumbs. Heat olive oil in skillet and fry eggplant until golden brown on top.
  7. Add croutons to salad, then pour on the Gorgonzola sauce and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Deer Factory: Northern Climate Warm-Season Food Plots

Deer Factory: Northern Climate Warm-Season Food Plots

Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan discuss warm-season food plots on this deer factory in Minnesota.

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

On this edition of "Deer Dog," Jeremy Moore discusses the role scent plays when it comes to tracking and how to incorporate it into your training.

How to Control Predators on Deer Hunting Property

How to Control Predators on Deer Hunting Property

Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan discuss ways to help control predators on deer hunting property.

Deer Dog: Shed Conditioning

Deer Dog: Shed Conditioning

Jeremy Moore talks about the importance of your deer dog's physical conditioning.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Knowing your bullet drop at various ranges, having a good rangefinder and spending the time to practice with your rifle can the difference between success and eating deer-tag sandwiches. Here's why.Know Your Bullet Drop and Range When Hunting Whitetails How-To

Know Your Bullet Drop and Range When Hunting Whitetails

Travis Faulkner

Knowing your bullet drop at various ranges, having a good rangefinder and spending the time to...

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is perfect to fulfill that Cajun craving.Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe Venison Recipes

Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe

Chef Derek St. Romain

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is...

Good location is just part of the equation.The Best Summer Trail Camera Strategy Scouting

The Best Summer Trail Camera Strategy

Tony J. Peterson

Good location is just part of the equation.

Making an extreme move to another state to chase public-land bucks worked out for Jake Bush.Would You Relocate Just to Hunt Big Deer? Whitetail

Would You Relocate Just to Hunt Big Deer?

Josh Honeycutt

Making an extreme move to another state to chase public-land bucks worked out for Jake Bush.

See More Trending Articles

More Venison Recipes

The combination of warm Asian herbs and spices, tender venison, and healthy dose of carrots and potatoes in this stew recipe is heaven.Vietnamese Venison Stew Recipe Venison Recipes

Vietnamese Venison Stew Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

The combination of warm Asian herbs and spices, tender venison, and healthy dose of carrots...

With its tasty layers of Greek yogurt cream, chili-lime spiced ground venison, pepper jack cheese and fresh veggies, this Easy Venison Taco Dip Recipe is a must-have on game day.Easy Venison Taco Dip Recipe Venison Recipes

Easy Venison Taco Dip Recipe

Allie Doran

With its tasty layers of Greek yogurt cream, chili-lime spiced ground venison, pepper jack...

A quick and easy, Tex-Mex-inspired ground-venison recipe with avocado that works as an appetizer or meal; this is one of the best venison recipes and off-the-chart delicious.Venison Stuffed Avocado Recipe Venison Recipes

Venison Stuffed Avocado Recipe

Jeff Phillips

A quick and easy, Tex-Mex-inspired ground-venison recipe with avocado that works as an...

Easy-to-make and great as leftovers, this Venison Hunter's Pie Recipe is a complete meal in every slice.Venison Hunter's Pie Recipe Venison Recipes

Venison Hunter's Pie Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Easy-to-make and great as leftovers, this Venison Hunter's Pie Recipe is a complete meal in...

See More Venison Recipes

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now