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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

Wedge Salad

Ingredients

  1. 1 head iceberg lettuce
  2. 1 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 cup crumbly blue cheese, like gorgonzola
  4. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  5. 1 small shallot, minced
  6. 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley
  9. 4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  10. 2 hard-boiled eggs
  11. Freshly-ground black pepper
  12. 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
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
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
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
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
I'd have to run 3 miles after eating that. Yikes to creamy dressing.
akay
akay
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
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
:drool: The bacon! Yum!
partysugar
partysugar
Nice catch! I have edited the recipe. Thanks!
kiwitwist
kiwitwist
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
Sounds great, but you might want to use 1/2 a cup of buttermilk instead of 12!
Atiyah
Atiyah
I will be making this recipe this weekend.
mamasitamalita
mamasitamalita
hello! delicious!!!!!!!!!!
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