Steak and wing sauce salad (man salad)

Man salad.  This is a salad that a man could love, not some frilly girly salad.

It features steak, the flavors of buffalo wings, and fried onions.

It’s the perfect salad for date night in.

According to hubby, the fried onions add just the right touch of “unhealthy” to make it enjoyable to eat a salad for dinner (and the baby spinach provides enough nutrition to make up for it).

He was thrilled with the flavors and textures, and pronounced it a satisfying all-in-one dinner.

man salad recipe

You can make this as simple or as complicated as you want to.  Much of the prep work can be done ahead of time.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

Steak and Wing Sauce Salad Recipe (aka “man salad”)

First, you need meat.  I used a flat iron steak.  You could use whatever you want, as long as it will hold up to several hours of marinating.  It works with a chicken breast too, but steak is more “manly.”

steak is whats for dinner

Use however much steak your conscience and budget allow.  Then, you want to submerge the steak in some vinegar based hot sauce, the kind you would use to make buffalo style chicken wings.  I use the Frank’s Red Hot brand, but if you have a different favorite brand, go for it.

Marinate the steak for two to three hours in the refrigerator.  I wouldn’t recommend a longer soak because the steak will start to pickle in the vinegar.  You can go for a shorter time, but the flavor won’t be as intense.

Don’t be scared of the hot sauce.  It won’t make the steak too hot, it just gives a wonderful flavor to the finished dish.  Honest, it won’t be nearly as hot as you think it might be.

The butter is totally optional.  It made my hubby happy.

wing sauce and butter

While the steak is marinating, you need to make some celery salad and start working on onion straws (if you’re making them from scratch).

Celery Salad

Easy way:  equal parts chopped celery  (including leaves) and blue cheese dressing from a bottle.

Fancy way:

3 tablespoons bleu cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons mayo or miracle whip
1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
3 cups chopped celery including leaves

celery salad recipe

chopped celery and leaves


celery salad


That will make enough for at least four salad servings, you might want to cut the recipe in half for your family.  It’s good the next day, but won’t keep much past 24 hours.  I used homemade yogurt in my photos (it’s in the giant mason jar).

Onion straws:

Easy way:  Open the can of fried onions from the grocery store.  Honest.

Fancy way:  I can’t do any better than Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Onion Straws.  Hubby had fun frying them outside.  They are fabulous.

 onions straws

Back to man salad:

Once the steak is ready to grill, you want to cook it over medium high heat for 6 minutes per side.  I’m not as good of a griller as hubby, but I followed the instructions on the package that said how long to cook the steak.

If you use a different cut, adjust your cooking times accordingly.

grilled steak

Let the steak rest and finish making the onion straws.  Then slice the steak into thin strips.  If you are using flat iron steak, be sure to cut across the grain to make the steak more tender and easier to cut with a fork at the table.

steak strips

Everything up to this point could me made in advance.

Now it’s time to assemble the salad.  For each plate, you need a bunch of baby spinach on the bottom of the plate.  You could use a different lettuce, but the dark green of spinach really made this salad pretty.

baby spinach

Then I put a generous portion of celery salad on the spinach.  This was about a third of the recipe I was using.

add celery salad

Then, you need a handful of baby tomatoes.  I cut mine in half because I don’t like to bite into them and have them squirt into my mouth.

add baby tomatoes

Place a serving of the grilled steak on top…

add steak

… and then top with a generous handful of onion straws.

man salad

It’s delicious.

This salad deserves it’s very own man card.

Steak and wing sauce salad (man salad)
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
  • 6 ounces steak (flat iron or flank steak works well)
  • ½ cup hot sauce (franks)
  • 2 tbl butter
  • 3 tablespoons bleu cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons mayo or miracle whip
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chopped celery including leaves
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¾ cup onion rings (store bought or homemade)
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  1. Combine hot sauce and melted butter. Allow to cool. Marinate steak for 2-3 hours.
  2. Combine blue cheese, miracle whip, yogurt, vinegar, salt/pepper, and celery.
  3. Grill or broil steak according to package instructions and personal preference.
  4. Assemble Salads.
  5. Spinach topped with celery mixture, tomatoes, steak, and onion rings.

 steak and wing sauce salad - the perfect salad for date night in

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. My hubby would absolutely ADORE this recipe! Am emailing it to myself right now! :)-Ashley
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  2. Looks delicious! I never would have thought to marinate the steak in Franks Hot Sauce!
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  3. Now that is what i call a salad, i’ve shown the recipe to the wife and she says if i’m very good she’ll make it for me. Looks like i’m wont be getting it unless i make it myself then.

  4. That looks wonderful and my hubby and I could split it and have a great dinner!

  5. Oh my! The color of your meat is beautiful. It seems tasty as it looks. I love grilling and most of what I’ve done are with chicken meat. I just hope I could try this one out. I like the combo of the salad, grilled spicy beef, and the sweet fried white onions.

  6. lt’s look very tasty. tank you for sharing

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