Steak Frites Salad
In French, steak frites translates to steak and fries, simple as that. A common dish at bistros in France, Belgium, and beyond, we took the concept and combined it with American steakhouse vibes for this all-in-one steak frites salad.
- 1 (15-oz.) bag frozen French fries (about 4 c.)
- ½ tsp. sweet paprika
- Kosher salt
- 1 (1½-lb.) flank steak, cut into 2 pieces against the grain
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 8 oz. English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
- 6 oz. baby arugula (about 8 packed c.)
- 1½ c. grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese (about ½ c.)
- Preheat oven to 425º. On a baking sheet, arrange fries in a single layer.
- Bake fries until golden and crisp, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika; season with salt and carefully toss to combine.
- Meanwhile, season steak with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In a large cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Cook steak, flipping halfway through, until browned on both sides and medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, wipe excess oil from skillet, leaving browned bits in bottom of skillet. Add shallot and 1 tablespoon oil and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until shallot softens and is translucent, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add vinegar and cook, scraping browned bits from bottom of pan, until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and pour vinegar mixture into a medium heatproof bowl. Whisk in lemon juice, mustard, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in remaining 4 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper.
- Thinly slice steak against the grain. Divide cucumber, arugula, tomato, steak, and fries among plates. Sprinkle with blue cheese and drizzle dressing over.
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