Pittsburgh Steak Salad: {Fries and Ranch Dressing On A Salad}

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Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Pittsburgh Steak Salad is a steak salad with french fries and ranch dressing on top of it. This unique Pittsburgh way of good salads. The Pittsburgh steak salad is one the best salads in Pittsburgh.



Pittsburgh Steak Salad



Pittsburgh Eats

As you know I am proud to be from Pittsburgh, PA. I am always sharing my home town’s cuisine like Pittsburgh Steak Pomme FritesPittsburgh Devonshire SandwichThe Other Pittsburgh Sandwich The South Side Slopes, and The Pittsburgh Panini.


When it comes to Pittsburgh cuisine there is nothing like Pittsburgh eats. In fact, Zagat named Pittsburgh as the 2015 top food city in the US.  I know it surprised many people, you would think New York City or San Fransico would be number one, but it isn’t. It is my Pittsburgh that is number one.



Pittsburgh Zagat

In fact, Zagat named Pittsburgh as the 2015 top food city in the US.  I know it surprised many people, you would think New York City or San Fransico would be number one, but it isn’t. It is my Pittsburgh that is number one.



Sunday Supper Reginal Specialties

The theme for this weeks for Sunday Supper, which is being hosted by Sue Lau from A Palatable Pastime, regional specialties. I am showcasing a Pittsburgh specialty, the steak salad. It is best salads in Pittsburgh!


I know I live in Cleveland right now. I don’t think Cleveland is known for anything food wise. Besides I am a Pittsburger, not a Clevelander.


Yes, there are Buckeyes. However, that is an Ohio thing, not really Cleveland. Nothing stands out in food that says hey I am from Cleveland. However, if you say fries and coleslaw on a sandwich, you know that is a ‘Burgh thing.


33 best dining spots
From Pittsburgh Magazine


Unique Eats Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is known for combining unique flavors in food. I think that is why it is such a hot spot for foodies. The Pittsburgh Magazine put together the best restaurants in Pittsburgh after Zagat announced that Pittsburgh is number one food city.


For all you foodies that want to see why I love my hometown of Pittsburgh so much. I suggest you check out the list so can enjoy all Pittsburgh cuisine. You will understand why called unique eats, Pittsburgh.



Pittsburgh Steak Salad from Seduction in the Kitchen


Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh is also a great city that photographs well. One of my favorite photographers Dave Dicello, he takes amazing photos of Pittsburgh, here let me show you:














The three rivers and Pittsburgh are simply beautiful. Now you can see why so many movies choose Pittsburgh to film. Plus we have a rich culture and architecture, that you can pick any era and find a building in Pittsburgh that is from that era.


Pittsburgh is very diverse. That is so evident in the nationality rooms cathedral of learning at the University of Pittsburgh. For example, students learn art literature in the Italian room. Pitt invited the city’s ethnic communities to undertake the creation of nationality classrooms, which would enrich the cathedral of learning with their old world heritage.


Pittsburgh Steak Salad

Pittsburgh Steak Salad is unique in the way the people of Pittsburgh Pa eat the steak salad by adding fries and Ranch dressing to it
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Pittsburgh is very proud of its different heritages and cultures. It is very evident in our accents and how we talk. Plus it is present in our food.


What makes a Pittsburgh steak salad? Two additions: fries and Ranch dressing. I never knew steak salad did not normally come with fries until I moved to Cleveland.



How To Make Steak Salad

I was very surprised when I ordered a steak salad at a restaurant in Cleveland and it was missing those fries. Trust me those fries make the biggest difference when comes to a tasty steak salad.


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Steak Salad Pittsburgh Style

That was how I realized there is steak salad and there is steak salad Pittsburgh style. Pittsburgh salad just is better in my opinion and it is those fries! It really makes a steak salad recipe so much better!


Why the Ranch dressing? Honestly, I have no clue other than to tell you it is a ‘Burgh Thing. We love Ranch dressing.



Steak Salad

I know a local eatery Eat n Park, they are known for it’ Ranch dressing, besides Smiley Face cookies. A salad isn’t a salad without Ranch dressing. If it isn’t Ranch then it is Italian would be the second dressing of choice for a steak salad.


Once you try good salads, you want it. That is how it is with me. I want the best salads in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Steak Salad.


Pittsburgh Steak Salad is unique in the way the people of Pittsburgh Pa eat the steak salad by adding fries and Ranch dressing to it.

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Pittsburgh Steak Salad
Yield: 4 servings

Pittsburgh Steak Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Pittsburgh Steak Salad is unique in the way the people of Pittsburgh Pa eat the steak salad by adding fries and Ranch dressing to it. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen for Sunday Supper.


  • 3 (2 oz) steaks
  • garlic salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 a bag of French Fries
  • 1 bag of romaine salad
  • 3 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/ 4 cup Ranch Dressing


  1. Bake the fries in the oven according to the bag instructions.
  2. Season the steaks with a little garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the steaks to your desired likeness, then slice them into strips, and set aside.
  4. Divide the salad between two plates.
  5. All some the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions to the salad on each plate.
  6. Top it off with the french fries.
  7. Place each steak onto the salads.
  8. Sprinkle on some the Parmesan cheese.
  9. Add a few croutons for garnish.
  10. Drizzle on the Ranch dressing and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475

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  • Tracy Guida
    April 24, 2016

    I have always wanted to try the style of salad. I have a lot of family in Pittsburgh and I’ve been there many times but have never had this before. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura Dembowski
    April 24, 2016

    The photos of the city are beautiful! And you have to love a salad with french fries on it!!!

  • maria
    April 24, 2016

    My kind of salad… this looks great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Rachel
    April 24, 2016

    It’s been a really long time, but I’ve had a Pittsburgh Steak Salad before–Had mine with Italian dressing. 🙂

  • Carlee
    April 24, 2016

    Pittsburgh is on my bucket list of cities to visit. I can’t wait to make it happen. This salad looks great!

  • Eileen
    April 24, 2016

    Wow, you really make me want to visit Pittsburgh. Those photos are gorgeous. I love a good steak salad and the addition of fries could only make it better.

  • Hezzi-D
    April 24, 2016

    How can you be a native Pittsburgh-er and live in Cleveland? Actually, my uncle is also from Pittsburgh but lives in Hudson. I live in Maryland currently but there is one amazing place here that serves a steak salad with fries and I LOVE it! I miss Pittsburgh salads!

  • Michelle
    April 24, 2016

    Mmmmn yum! Sounds like the perfect combination to me! I can see why it’s popular there.

  • Denise Wright
    April 24, 2016

    Wow, what a wonderful tribute to Pittsburgh and the photos are just spectacular! I think I have a steak salad (with fries of course) at least once or twice a week. Great post!

  • April
    April 24, 2016

    Now this is my kind of salad! Steak, fries and ranch dressing… I’m seriously drooling.

  • Barrie
    April 24, 2016

    Wow, those pics are great! I have never been to Pittburg, but every year there is a conference there that I want to go to , and it’s on my list for next year! So now I know what to order: steak salad is both hysterical to me and looks yummy!

  • Holly
    April 24, 2016

    That sounds like the best salad ever!! Fries and ranch go so perfectly with steak – you all know how to eat a salad. Delicious!

  • Liz
    April 24, 2016

    This is probably the only entree salad that Bill would ever consider hearty enough for a meal. It looks terrific as are the fabulous photos of Pittsburgh.

  • Sara
    April 24, 2016

    Steak. Salad. French Fries. What’s not to love? This is the perfect meal!

  • [email protected] Freshman Cook
    April 25, 2016

    Love this unique and wonderful salad! I have never had one, but I can’t wait to make it!

  • Anne
    April 25, 2016

    Yum! I love the addition of french fries.

  • Cindy Kerschner
    April 26, 2016

    You can’t go wrong with a steak and potato combo! Yummy salad!

  • Gina
    February 10, 2018

    WOW! i am moving to Pittsburgh if this how they serve salads! Looks amazing!

  • Mandy
    April 29, 2018

    Only thing is…shouldn’t it have provolone cheese too? I actually was looking for the recipe to make sure that was the right kind of cheese…Parmesan doesn’t seem like thebonly one because it always had a melted cheese too. I’m a Pittsburgh girl but far from home. We are gonna try this tonight but I think I’m going to get some precooked sliced steak so I hope it still turns out good. I’ll let yinz know:)

    • Deanna
      April 29, 2018

      I think preference. I have gone to a few Pittsburgh restaurants and it had cheddar LOL! I hope you like it!

  • Mandy
    April 29, 2018

    They turned out great! I did add provalone but it didn’t melt like I wanted…but still was awesome! I took pictures but I’m not sure how to add them.

  • Greg Bucci
    January 2, 2019

    When I start to miss home, I like to cook some Pittsburgh originals. This salad is spot on from what I remember. I like to cook my own thick cut fries to put on this wonderful salad. I enjoy your recipes and reading about your take on our wonderful hometown!