Although red meat might be the highlight of most steakhouses, don’t overlook the leafy greens on the salad menu. These six local steak spots are serving up appetizing variations that’ll make it easy to decide just what to order for your first (or only!) course.
Star ingredients kale and brussels sprouts bump up the average green concoction in this salad, also adding Manchego cheese, tart dried cranberries, and juicy orange slices. Drizzled with a Creole mustard vinaigrette, it’s a satisfying starter that equally rivals your meal’s main event. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-450-4686
If you prefer a little more weight to your salad, this lobster cobb variation on BLT’s lunch menu features succulent pieces of lobster, hard-boiled egg, and creamy avocado served over iceberg lettuce, romaine, arugula, and watercress. To top it off, there’s also pancetta, cheddar, crispy shallots, and a creamy buttermilk dressing. You might not have room for a second course. 1625 I St. NW, 202-689-8999
Just as the seasons change, so does this organic salad that swaps out plums (during winter) from its recipe to strawberries once the harvest begins for a fresh, in-season option. Also featuring peach, sunflower seed kernels, and pecorino over a bed of kale and finished with a shallot vinaigrette, it’s a refreshing start to your meal but also filling, so you might just opt to order it on its own. 101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202-547-8100
Hearty and delicious, this lunch salad combines prime flank steak with cherry tomatoes, avocado, bacon, egg, and blue cheese to give you a taste of green but also what Bourbon Steak is best known for. Chef Joe Palma has curated an extensive selection of the finest cuts for sizzling, delicious fare. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-944-2026
Classic salads don’t have to be boring. This variation puts a spin on the traditional wedge salad with pickled onions, tomato jam, bacon, and ranch dressing, topped with gorgonzola cheese. Not only is it delectable, it’s also the classiest-looking and most Instagram-worthy salad we’ve come across in a while. 101 MGM National Ave., National Harbor, 301-971-6060
A salad doesn’t always have to feature a whole lot of green. For a mix of delicate flavors, this salad consists of mozzarella, tomato, and basil drizzled with 15-year aged balsamic and decorated with additional colorful cherry tomatoes. Ultra-fresh and satisfying, it’s truly the perfect combo of ingredients and textures. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-737-6200