Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing (or Buttermilk Ranch) and Bacon

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing (or Buttermilk Ranch) and Bacon

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing (or Buttermilk Ranch) and Bacon

 

When it comes to salads, sometimes it’s nice to return to the basics.

No quinoa, starfruit, and alfalfa sprout stuffed kale cups from me today.

Nope. Just an old-school, iceberg lettuce wedge salad that’s simple, refreshing, and delicious.

I had a group of friends over for lunch last week, and, in terms of a salad, it felt like one of those crunchy, classic kind of days.

So, we had a typical dark supper club salad in the bright light of day. And it was yummy! And we could actually see what we were eating.

 

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon: Serving

 

Because I was preparing several other dishes as well, I wanted to serve a salad that I could prep ahead of time, stick in the fridge, and quickly assemble right before eating. This wedge salad fit the bill perfectly.

The day before our lunch, I quartered three heads of iceberg lettuce, plated them on a large platter, and sprinkled a little water over them to crisp them up overnight. It works like a charm!  Wedge salads are particularly delightful in the summer with garden fresh tomatoes. The cool, tangy crunch of this dish makes it a wonderful side to grilled steaks or burgers.

Let’s all take a moment and remember what it was like to eat steaks, crunchy salads, and drink an ice-cold beer while basking in the summer sunshine.

AAaaahhh. That mental warmth felt heavenly. (She types while wearing a sweater, sweatpants, wool socks and an afghan wound around her legs like a fuzzy mummy.)

I also fried and crumbled the bacon, prepped the veggies, and made the blue cheese dressing a day ahead. I wasn’t sure if each of my guests was a lover of all things blue cheese like me, so I made a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing too, and will throw that recipe in here as well – two for the price of one!  BONUS!

 

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon: Prepped the night before

 

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon: Ready to assemble

 

Recipe courtesy of: Epicurious.com

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

4 oz. blue cheese – crumbled

1/2 cup plain no-fat yogurt

1/4 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Freshly cracked black pepper

Salad:

2 large heads Iceberg lettuce – cut into quarters

Tomatoes – I used cherry tomatoes cut in half

Green onions – thinly sliced

Bacon – cooked and crumbled

 

Directions:

Whisk mayonnaise, 1/2 cup blue cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, and vinegar in a medium bowl until almost smooth. Mix in remaining blue cheese.  Season with salt and cracked black pepper. (Can be made one week ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Arrange lettuce wedges on 8 plates. Spoon dressing over lettuce. Sprinkle with green onions, bacon, tomatoes and additional black pepper and serve.

Makes 8.

 

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon

Serves 8
Classic wedge salad garnished with tomatoes, green onions, and bacon and dressed with homemade blue cheese dressing. A crisp, tangy, classic bite of Americana!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 4oz blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 large heads of iceberg lettuce
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 8 strips of bacon (fried and crumbled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

Directions

Step 1
Whisk mayo, 1/2 cup of blue cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, and vinegar in medium bowl until almost smooth. Mix in remaining blue cheese. Season dressing generously with cracked black pepper. (Can be made one week ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Step 2
Arrange lettuce wedges on 8 plates. Spoon dressing over lettuce. Sprinkle with green onions, bacon, and tomatoes. Season with additional cracked black pepper. Serve.

 

And for your guests who might not appreciate blue cheese, here’s a yummy homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. By the way, I used fresh tarragon and chives as my added herbs. I love that combination, and tarragon just reminds me of lobsters rolls in Maine in July, and that’s a very, very good thing in February in Illinois.

 

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh herbs like tarragon, chives, basil or dill (chopped)

Directions

Step 1
Whisk buttermilk, mayo, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in herbs.

 

Classic Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon

 

If you’re looking for another wonderful salad for the season, try this one on for size: Winter Fruit Salad.

Stay-tuned for the grape salad that you can see on the buffet above.  It’s out of this world!

 

Enjoy!

 

Written by Becky


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4 Comments
  • Annie says:

    Love that I can make this ahead of time! What were the other yummies you served that day?

    • Becky says:

      Hi Annie! Nice to meet you!

      Well, I served a grape salad that I’ll be sharing some time this week, a tortellini and sausage soup, and croissants. I love the grape salad because we seldom think about doing anything else with grapes other than just popping them in our mouths. I also love it because, while it’s called a salad, it’s really a dessert masquerading as a not-so-guilty side dish. Sneaky!

      Be sure to stop back later in the week to check out the grape salad. It’s a keeper!

  • Kristie says:

    Yummm!!!! Ray and I both love wedge salads. Can’t wait to make this.

    • Becky says:

      That’s great, Kristie! Check back and let me know how you liked it. If you’re a blue cheese lover, you might want to add a little extra to the dressing like I do.


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