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Unlike yesterday’s scones, this loaded Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter is anything but dainty. Grilled or pan-seared steak, topped with blue cheese butter, oven-baked sweet potato fries, fresh romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and tossed together with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is simple to toss together, colorful, super flavorful, filling, and healthy too. Enjoy this for dinner and save the leftovers for lunch the next day. You’ll have a hard time finding a salad more delicious than this grilled steak salad with sweet potato fries. It’s the perfect dinner to serve any night of the week…all summer long!

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I’m going to be honest here, I don’t cook a lot of steak, but when I do, I sure do try to make it GOOD.

Good…like it is here in this salad. Oh, how I love this salad. It’s a fork and knife kind of salad, and most definitely not boring.

The inspiration here is simple. This is the salad my mom and I would order on summer nights when out to dinner at a place called the Moosehead Saloon in Westlake, Ohio. They’d do the salad up right, with grilled steak and hand-cut sweet potato fries. The steak was good, but for me, it was all about the fries.

But then I’m a girl who really loves her sweet potato fries. Especially when paired with steak. Something about the combination of savory, salty, juicy steak with fries that were crisp on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, had us girls coming back whenever we could convince my dad to go.

And adding blue cheese (butter) to the mix? Wow, just mouthwatering, roll your eyes back delicious.

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To make this sweet potato fry steak salad.

Give yourself a little time. I know we all love a quick recipe, but the fries take time in oven, so plan ahead. Plus…fries are quite simply the best thing ever to be put on top of a salad. Dramatic, but true.

I like to cut my fries super thin and skinny, then toss them with a mix of chili powder and plenty of flaky sea salt. Roast them in the oven until crisp on the outside, but still soft in the center. Fair warning, these fries are addicting. You might just double the recipe…some for the top of the salad and some to snack on later.

So don’t let a little time in the oven stop you from making this salad. Even though it’s going to take you longer than twenty minutes, it’s all very easy, and so simple to put together.

Sweet Potato Fries before baking

While the fries are in the oven, work on the remainder of the salad. For the vinaigrette, a simple balsamic vinaigrette is just perfect. It’s tangy, yet balanced with a touch of honey and fresh thyme from the garden (just loving my garden herbs). Simply mix everything for the vinaigrette in a glass jar and shake to combine. Easy.

Tip: save your glass jam jars and use them to hold salad dressings and sauces.

For the steak, I used a ribeye. And while I think it’s the perfect cut for this salad, you can use whatever cut of steak you and your family enjoy most. A flank steak is always nice for grilling, and pretty affordable too.

Season the steak simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss it on the grill. We like our steaks medium-rare, but cook to your personal desired doneness. Whenever you’re cooking any kind of red meat, it’s key to let the meat rest at least five to ten minutes before slicing. Allowing the meat to rest, seals in the delicious juices. It’s also important to note that while the meat is resting, it will continue to cook as it sits. Just something to note and keep in mind as you prepare the steak and plan for the perfect “doneness” level.

Tip: the cooking times for steak listed within this recipe from Food Network are really helpful.

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Last up, that blue cheese butter…

Yes. You need this.

I know some of you will say you probably won’t like the blue cheese, but you guys, please, try it. This butter is delicious and the best thing you can smear over your grilled steak. It adds yet another layer of deliciousness. I promise.

You’ll want to spread the butter over the steak just after grilling, then slice the steak against the grain.

Of course, if you just cannot do blue cheese, swap the blue cheese for grated parmesan. Or make a garlic butter with one or two cloves of grated garlic. Either will be delicious too!

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Put it all together…

By the time the fries are done cooking, the rest of the salad should be pretty much prepped and ready to serve. Toss the greens, tomatoes, and avocado with the dressing. Add the fries and steak. Top with additional blue cheese.

Basic? Traditional? Boring? NOPE, this salad is none of those.

The fries make it, the blue cheese butter seals the deal, and the steak just makes it perfect for summertime. Looking forward to making this over the weekend for Father’s Day. It’s going to make for the perfect dinner salad with a double side of fries plus grilled corn too. Yum!

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Looking for other summer salads? Here are a few of my go-to’s. 

Summer Niçoise Salad

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Greek Chicken Chopped Salad

Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata

Lastly, if you make this sweet potato fry steak salad with blue cheese butter, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 498 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 3 small-medium sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 (8-10 ounce) ribeye steak or 1 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3-4 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • 1. To make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil, the chipotle chili powder, and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Spread the fries in an even layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the sweet potatoes to be tender, yet crisp. 
    2. To make the vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake or whisk until combined. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
    3. To make the steak. Remove the steaks from the fridge 30 minutes prior to grilling. Preheat the grill or a grill pan to high heat. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Sear until your desired doneness is reached, about 5-8 minutes for medium-rare, per side. Remove the steaks and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
    4. Combine the butter, blue cheese, and basil in a bowl. Spread the butter over the steak, then slice against the grain.
    5. Assemble the salad. Add the romaine, tomatoes, avocado, and dressing. Toss to combine. Once the salad has been tossed, top with fries and steak. Serve immediately.

Notes

Blue Cheese: if you just can't do blue cheese, swap the blue cheese for 1/3 cup grated parmesan or make garlic butter with 1-2 cloves grated garlic. Either will be delicious. 

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  1. 5 stars
    BEST salad!! All those flavors come together so nicely. Was doubtful about the sweet potatoes in a salad. They are a must! The blue cheese butter paired with the sweetness of the potatoes 🙌

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂 xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Made this twice and we loved it. First time with try-tip and second with filet….omgosh filet is the best. Did not change a thing and it was fabulous! thank you!

    1. Hey Anne,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! xTieghan

  3. I made this for my husband and I the other night. I just came here to say that the bleu cheese basil butter was literally life changing! It was one of the most delicious recipes of all time!

    1. Hey Joanna,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am so excited that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Ridiculously good! The final step of smearing the steak with butter, blue cheese, & basil really took this amazing meal to another level-WOW!

    1. Hey Kirsten,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my husband and I – it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!
    This salad will definitely be on the menu often this summer!

    1. Hey Mary Beth,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful day:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Nikki,
      I am so glad this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xxTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Favorite. Salad. Ever.
    This is so delicious and it’s easy. I don’t like blue cheese but I’ve used both goat and feta when making it, both great subs.

    1. Hey Jordan,
      I really appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed.🌷 xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    The blue cheese on the steak would have been enough for me to love this recipe. Then I tasted the balsamic vinegar dressing and put it all together. Delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    Oh my God…this salad is everything!! I made it last night and it was fantastic. I omitted the blue cheese because I’m
    having issues with dairy, but it was still delicious. I also am so impressed with the vinaigrette! I may just make it for all my salads. Perfection

    1. Hey Kandice,
      Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I am thrilled that you liked it! I hope you have a great week:) xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    This was so good. It was a new way to incorporate steak into a meal besides just eating a steak and I loved the added flavor of the sweet potato fries.

  10. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing!! I am not a blue cheese fan at all …., but I have so learned to trust you and followed the recipe as is. I am so beyond glad I did !! The blue cheese added such a depth of flavor
    This will certainly go on the “make again” list !!

  11. Made the Sweet Potato Fry STEAK Salad with Bluecheese butter…. (actually this is our 4th time having it). We love it! Never thought I would put sweet potato fries on top of a salad… but it is soooo yummy! Not a blue cheese fan either but went with it …. and the combo taste of everything together is amazing!! Thanks for the recipe! my daughter told me about your recipes….I love trying new things to eat!

  12. 5 stars
    This was by far my favorite dinner of the summer. It is the perfect salad! We forgot to get the blue cheese, so I made the compound butter with parmesan and added a pressed garlic clove with the basil….oh my gosh, SO SO SO good. I had a some extra butter leftover and I used it on grilled corn the next night and on toasted sourdough this morning, again SO good!! Cannot wait to make it again, thank you Tieghan!

  13. 5 stars
    I had a hard time putting the hot sweet potatoes and steak on top of my salad but the results were amazing. Great recipe. My family loved it!

  14. This was so yummy! My family would starve if not for you Teighan, I must make at least 3 recipes a week from you!!!
    Many are repeats for us, and I try at lease one new recipe a week.

    1. Haha wow that is so amazing! I am so glad you and your family have been loving my recipes, Bernadette! I hope you all continue to! xTieghan

  15. How do you keep the grill pan from smoking? Every time I use it, it smokes up the whole kitchen. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

    1. Hi Lauren,
      My only recommendation would be is to open a window! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  16. This was sooooo good! That blue cheese butter is amazing!! This is definitely going into the regular rotation!

  17. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was so delicious. I grilled some filets and sliced them thin. Also added some crispy caramelized sweet onion. My son loved the vinaigrette and it’s rare that I get a compliment from my 17 year-old teenager! Your recipes are amazing, delicious, and beautiful. I’ve never been disappointed!

    1. That is so amazing! Thank you for trying this one, Stacey! I hope you continue to love this and others of mine! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    This salad ranks amongst the top 3 that I have ever made and eaten!! Not only was it super simple to make, but it tasted better than any salad you could order at a restaurant! This will be on repeat ALL summer long!!!

  19. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I used flank steak. The flavors go so well together. Perfect summer dinner.

  20. Looks amazing! Looks like your sweet potatoes are on the baking sheet without parchment, don’t they stick?
    I have so much trouble with that, even when I feel like I’ve used plenty of oil. Just wondering if you have any tips for this. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try this salad.

    1. Hi Kim,
      I just use olive oil and never have any issues with the fries sticking. It is key to not overcrowd your pan. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  21. 5 stars
    Made this last night…it was amazing! I used flank steak and also added Maui Sweet Onion slices to the salad. Delish!!! Everyone, including a picky 5 year old loved it!

  22. If someone doesn’t want to use the blue cheese, because of lactose intolerance, you can suggest goat or sheep blue cheese – it’s amazing!