Chicago's steakhouse scene seems to be ever-expanding, and while red meat remains the focus, even the most carnivore-friendly restaurants offer unique salads that are all too often overlooked. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, we've rounded up six tasty salads that are worth ordering at Chicago's premier steakhouses.
This power lunch-approved salad is loaded with so much protein-rich seafood, including shrimp, scallops, salmon, and lump crab, that steak will seem like little more than an afterthought. For best results, enjoy it with a glass of wine out on one of our favorite patios in the city for dining al fresco. 300 N. LaSalle Dr., 312-329-1800
Kale continues to have its moment (will it ever really go out of style?) at this glitzy River North hot spot. Available on both the lunch and dinner menus, this kale-based stunner is big and hearty enough to enjoy as an entree thanks to a bounty of crimini and shiitake mushrooms, bacon vinaigrette spiked with a bit of lemon for acidity, and a flurry of shaved parmesan. For a double dose of kale, pair it with the steakhouse's refreshing no-proof Kale Kick cocktail made with apple and cayenne pepper. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990
This steakhouse staple has been in business for nearly 30 years, and while its chops and wet-aged steaks might stand as a testament to its enduring longevity, we'd be remiss not to credit its exceptional lineup of salads, too. The fan-favorite goat cheese salad contains everything you could ever want in the dish: a bed of bright field greens, apples and dried cherries for a bit of sweetness, walnuts that pack a protein punch and a textural crunch, two rich and creamy goat cheese medallions, and a cherry vinaigrette that ties it all together. If you must have meat, add a three-ounce filet on top. 400 N. Wells St., 312-822-0191
Perfectly briny and beautifully bright, pickled purple cauliflower shines in this anything-but-ordinary salad at DineAmic Group's elegant steakhouse, and is tossed with carrots, shaved fennel, peppery arugula, candied pecans, and local feta. Together, the ingredients yield a flavor profile that's as complex as the dish is colorful. 222 N. LaSalle Dr., 312-726-7777
Forget what you know about basic "house" salads; here, the eponymous field greens salad is nothing short of crave-worthy. Creamy Wisconsin bleu cheese crumbles and toasted pecans are a match made in salad component heaven, while crisp green apple slices and a house-made walnut-molasses vinaigrette impart tart and sweet flavors, respectively. 180 N. Field Blvd., 312-938-4303
Like a Caesar salad with a kick, this spicy—well, verging on sinus-clearing—number is perfect for thrill-seeking salad eaters. The secret lies in the horseradish-and-wasabi-spiked dressing that coats the crunchy romaine hearts. Blue cheese and parmesan temper the heat factor while adding another layer of richness. 520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100