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Steak and Fries Salad

This is a very popular dish at restaurants in central Pennsylvania. Prepared sweet-and-sour dressing is good on this salad, too. —Nancy Collins, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 cup frozen french-fried potatoes
  • 1/2 pound beef top sirloin steak
  • 3 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • For dressing, whisk first 4 ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Cook potatoes according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, place a skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add steak; cook until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°), 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  • To serve, divide lettuce, tomato and onion between 2 plates; top with potatoes, steak and cheese. Drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 513 calories, 26g fat (7g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 429mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • lschepisi
    Jun 20, 2020

    I believe this steak salad originated in western PA at The Hilltop Inn, in Rochester, PA. A couple of things you can do that really are important to get that original flavor is to slighly heat Marzetti's Sweet and Sour Dressing if you can find it. I can't find it in the area I live now and have found that Marie's Cole Slaw Dressing is a very close match. The french fries and the warmed dressing are the hallmarks of the salad. Also, don't forget the chopped hard boiled eggs and the mozzarella should be cubed, not shredded. Thank you Nancy for bringing back some great memories spent at The Hilltop Inn, where everyone at the table would order the steak salad!

  • justmbeth
    Jun 27, 2012

    Great salad. I come from the Pittsburgh area where steak and fries salad are commonplace. I did cheat on this one and use leftover steak. Dressing was memorable.

  • ajbru
    May 28, 2011

    My daughter is a finiky eater and not to fond of salads but loves french fries she inhaled the salad and is always requesting for me to make it again.