7.1.14

Everything Old is New Again - Wedge of Iceberg Salad


I have posted this previously but it is so good that it deserves a repeat. Val at More Than Burnt Toast has chosen a retro theme this month. I love this new take on the old wedge of iceberg lettuce salad. It is showing up on menus everywhere.

This classic salad is back in fashion and I am glad.  I love this salad and now that I can have it when I eat out, makes me even happier.  I am using crispy, salted duck cracklings rather than the pancetta.  I found a nice little wedge of Maytag Blue Cheese (sells for $18.99/lb) at Fresh Market in Knoxville.  It is so good, not too strong and very creamy.

Check out these interesting reduxes on retro favourites...

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Susan – Appetizers/Hors D’oeuvres
 Endive stuffed with Crab

Jerry – Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms
Sandi – Gingery Banana Pudding


Iceberg Wedges with Creamy Bleu Cheese Dressing          serves 4
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 T buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 large head of iceberg lettuce, each cut into quarters
1 green onion, chopped
4 slices pancetta, prosciutto or bacon

Whisk mayonnaise, 1/4 cup 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 1 week ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Cut the pancetta (prosciutto or bacon) into bite size pieces and saute until crispy.  Arrange lettuce wedges on 4 plates. Spoon dressing over lettuce. Sprinkle with green onions, pancetta and additional black pepper and serve.

6 comments:

  1. You can't go wrong with a wedge salad ~ my all time fav!
    Happy New Year! Here's to more Cooking Light in 2014.

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  2. This has me drooling, Sarah! That bacon and slab of blue cheese make this simple iceberg wedge a thing of beauty!

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  3. Oh my. Duck cracklings. Much better than the wedge salads of my past.

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  4. Classics are classics for a reason... this is a great salad with crispy lettuce and thick rich cheese. Perfect food if you ask me!
    Happy 2014~

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  5. I love a good wedge salad - funny how many restaurants are featuring them again. I guess that is proof that everything old will be new again if you just wait long enough!

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  6. This is one of my all-time favorite salads Sarah, I don't care if it's retro or current . . . it's just the BEST! Pinned!

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