Yes, you heard correctly. These are French fries with salad on top. You may be asking why I would do this, or maybe you’re already on my wave length in thinking that this is a genius creation- either way, you need to give these a try. The idea for putting salad on fries had been swirling around in my head for quite sometime, so one Sunday afternoon, I decided to give them a try. I told my husband that I was making salad fries for lunch and, if my memory serves me well, he replied with three comments. “What is that?”, to which I proceeded to share my apparently outlandish idea about making a salad and putting it on top of French fries. He followed with, “Why would we do that?”, and a very firm, “I don’t think I will like them”.
Ha. I am very happy to say that he was wrong. A week or two later, a friend came over for dinner and I very confidently (emboldened by the new salad fry convert in my husband) told her that we were going to make salad fries. Her initial response was similar to that of my husband, but by two bites in, I had another ally in the fight to make salad fries a real thing. So, I warn you not to dismiss these babies with an eye roll or a shake of the head, but maybe, one day when you’re feeling a little adventurous, whip up a batch of salad fries…I am certain that you won’t be sorry.
-This is more of an idea or concept than a specific recipe and you can use any fries and salad that strikes your fancy. You can find my favorite French fries here, but I have also made these using Trader Joe’s frozen French fries and they are still delicious so you do you.
-The salad that the fries are topped with is a play on a Greek salad using a family recipe for a homemade Italian vinaigrette. When I was little, I have vivid memories of sleepovers at my Aunt Mary’s house on Friday nights. My favorite part of the slumber party was Saturday morning breakfast, when my aunt, my cousin and I would crowd into the kitchen and spend the morning scrambling eggs and frying bacon. The thing that my Aunt Mary was known in our family for, though, was her homemade salad dressing. There was never a family meal where a cobalt blue glass bottle filled with this salad dressing was not present. When my family moved to Florida, this salad dressing became harder to come by. We would bring home a few bottles from our summer trips back to North Carolina and try to ration it so that we wouldn’t run out before the next visit. This dressing is super easy to throw together and can be kept in the fridge for a few weeks and is good on any greens that are in need of a little love.
Your favorite French fries (I like these)
For the dressing:
3/4 cup olive oil (Sometimes I do half of this as sunflower, grapeseed, or avocado oil so that the olive oil isn’t too overpowering)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
For the salad
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped olives
3-4 chopped artichoke hearts
2 oz crumbled feta
For the herbed yogurt sauce:
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 tbsp of chopped fresh herbs (mint, oregano, parsley, basil)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake well to combine.
2. Mix together salad ingredients and dressing, toss to combine.
3. To serve: Place your French fries on a serving platter or plate, drizzle with yogurt sauce and top with salad.