Monday, May 14, 2007

Classic Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon

This is the ever-present steakhouse salad, refreshing and crisp with enough bacon and blue cheese to be delicious, and if that isn't enough, it is the perfect dinner when a hot oven just isn't an option. It's also good (confession here) when you had a large lunch with a friend and can't imagine an entire meal.

Or, of course, it could be a lovely starter or side to a meal.

I kept it classic and simple, but you could add chopped tomato, candied nuts or whatever you would like.

Classic Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon:
(serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a light meal)

1 head iceberg lettuce, cleaned and outer leaves trimmed
1/2 c (approx) chunky blue cheese dressing (go for something natural here from the dairy case)
Crumbled blue cheese
4 strips premium thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Cut iceberg into 4 wedges, drizzle dressing over top, top with blue cheese crumbles and bacon, salt and pepper to taste.


Freya and Paul said...

Wish we had salads like that at our steakhouses! We're lucky if we get a slice of limp lettuce and a pale tomato!!
Your salad looks yum!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Not only the salad looks delicious but I love its name too! :)

Terry B said...

It's so funny that iceberg lettuce is showing up on haute menus everywhere. Once upon a time, iceberg lettuce was just "lettuce" in America, the only kind sold in grocery stores. Mesclun and baby mixed greens and the like were a much later innovation.

lululu said...

i love it that u make the most ordinary veggi so special. i usually skip iceberg lettuce when grocery shopping cos i dont think it hs much flavor. definitely give it a try. btw, love the presentation too.....serve the big wedge with dressing. thx!

Kirsten said...

Thanks Freya and Patricia!

Terry - I know! I have seen iceberg salads on menus for $16. I mean, really?? You are right that we have become all about mixed greens, baby greens and all manner of exotics, which I guess is why this iceberg wedge was so retro but good. Food is fashion - the new is old and the old is new. :)

Hi LuLuLu! Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the sweet words!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

This is a classic. I don't know why but I always order it in a resturant~ but never make it at home.
Now I will.

Kirsten said...

Hi Sandi!

I know - I always order it @ restaurants, but when I thought about how easy it is...why not @ home, right?