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Easy Recipe For Wedge Salad

Summer of Salads: Wedge Salad

In an age of arugula and frisée, the 1960s Americana icon known as iceberg lettuce might seem behind the times. It's true that iceberg is virtually devoid of nutrients, and lacks the flavor and roughage of contemporary chicories. But coming to terms with the fact that iceberg isn't exactly an antioxidant is what's helped me to embrace it. I now love the leaves for their sheer juiciness and ice-cold crunch.

My favorite way to enjoy the 'berg? As a huge wedge, pulled straight from the crisper and topped with salty bacon bits, soft, powdery egg, and a generous drizzle of creamy, slightly tangy blue cheese dressing. Sure, it's a throwback to yesteryear, but the flavors still feel entirely new. Get the recipe after the break.

Wedge Salad

Recipe For Classic Iceberg Wedge Salad With Blue Cheese And Bacon

Ingredients

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup crumbly blue cheese, like gorgonzola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 small shallot, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley
4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
2 hard-boiled eggs
Freshly-ground black pepper
Sea salt

Directions

  1. Puree mayonnaise and blue cheese with buttermilk, shallot, lemon zest, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cut iceberg head into 4 wedges. Drizzle over each wedge.
  3. Press a peeled hard-boiled egg through a fine strainer; spoon over the salad. Top with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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wunami wunami 6 years
Interesting concept. I'm sure you could use other toppings and dressings. It's probably a bit weird to have to also use a knife, but it's probably kind of fun to do every once in a while.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 6 years
ps - I like to add some minced bell pepper to my bleu cheese dressing recipe. It gives it a nice heat and texture.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 6 years
Classic! I didn't eat any other type of lettuce until I was 20. I'll still visit my old friend iceberg every once in a while. Yummy recipe!
MissSophia MissSophia 6 years
How would you eat that? Knife and fork? Pick it up and take a chunk out?Anyhoo, no sorry not a blue cheese fan at all.
MissSophia MissSophia 6 years
How would you eat that? Knife and fork? Pick it up and take a chunk out? Anyhoo, no sorry not a blue cheese fan at all.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 6 years
I'd have to run 3 miles after eating that. Yikes to creamy dressing.
akay akay 6 years
I actually don't think it's true that iceberg is "devoid of nutrients."http://www.saveur.com/article/Our-Favorite-Foods/The-Ice-Queen
akay akay 6 years
I actually don't think it's true that iceberg is "devoid of nutrients." http://www.saveur.com/article/Our-Favorite-Foods/The-Ice-Queen
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Now you know that is my idea of the only kind of salad!!!!!!!!! Bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!When I grew up in the Dark Ages, there was only one lettuce in the produce section.........iceberg.
amybdk amybdk 6 years
:drool:The bacon! Yum!
amybdk amybdk 6 years
:drool: The bacon! Yum!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Nice catch! I have edited the recipe. Thanks!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 6 years
haha yeah definitely 1/2 a cup! :)Looks good... the idea in general. Quick too... no need to shred the lettuce.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 6 years
haha yeah definitely 1/2 a cup! :) Looks good... the idea in general. Quick too... no need to shred the lettuce.
charles-dennis charles-dennis 6 years
Sounds great, but you might want to use 1/2 a cup of buttermilk instead of 12!
Atiyah Atiyah 6 years
I will be making this recipe this weekend.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
hello! delicious!!!!!!!!!!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
hello! delicious!!!!!!!!!!
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