If you follow my blog, you see that I just got married. You may also have read that I ate lettuce (the un-fun kind of salad, greens and veggies and fat-free dressing) for a month to fit into the darling $70 dress I found last fall. Behold: When it’s salad time now, it’s super-fun salad day! Especially yesterday:
See that fry on that fork? Right at the very end of the tines… With that lettuce, grilled chicken, fatty-fat Ranch (must be Ranch) and tomato? Allow me to introduce to many what I grew up with living in Western PA: The Pittsburgh Salad. And what makes it a Pittsburgh Salad? FRENCH FRIES. Hot, salty, cheese-melting, yummy french fries. Now, I have the unfortunate stomach that I can’t have much fried food (which is actually a blessing in disguise, say, I don’t know, when you must speed-diet for a month to rush-fit into your wedding gown). But – that wedding is over, the dress preserved – yesterday’s cafeteria criss-cut fries were perfectly lightly and deliciously fried. And onto Pittsburgh’s best kept secret. French fries on the salad! It was a good day.
Many people criticize the health component of a salad, why would you ruin this w fries? Um, I don’t know, why do YOU ruin your salad w fried other things like fried meats, bacon, sesame noodles, fatty salad dressings, etc? The moral of the Pittsburgh Salad is that we ‘burghers don’t give a shit. When salad came to Pittsburgh, we just made it as tasty as possible. Who said it had to be healthy? Sure, you can opt out of the fry game and make your salad as healthy as possible, but, bottom line: You want ‘the works?’ Well, they’ve got them all there.
And ‘they’ had them yesterday in the staffeteria at work. And even though only 2 other Southerners understood the ingredients on my plate, that’s fine. More for me!
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Or high-tail it to Starwood Restaurant in New Castle PA, where they smother the salad fixings w grilled mushrooms, grilled meat, melty cheese, fries, and dressing of your choice. Served in a giant wooden bowl. And bon apetit!