I grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was the closest city, but was still hours away. Occasionally, trends from the Burgh would filter up the mountains to our tiny town. One of those things is the Pittsburgh steak salad.
A Pittsburgh steak salad is basically steak-frites in a salad bowl. It’s hearty and topped with traditional vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Next comes steak, typically flank or skirt, and cheese. When it comes to cheese, there are two options… Shredded sharp cheddar or blue cheese crumbles. I always go with blue cheese, it tastes awesome with the warm steak and I like the funky flavor of blue. The surprise finisher on this salad is fresh cut french fries.
The fries are the best part of this unique salad. They replace the crouton in an unexpected and tasty way. They soak up some of the juice from the steak and Italian salad dressing, while also providing a salty kick. I always fry my fries extra-crispy when making this salad. If done properly, they don’t get soggy at all. The warm-cool texture of the hot steak and french fries, paired with the cool lettuce, cheese, veggies and salad dressing, creates a fantastic contrast in taste. It may not be the most healthy salad in the world, but it sure is a lot of fun and a very delicious!