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BLT Wedge Salad

BLT Wedge Salad - a new version of the iceberg classic, with bacon, tomatoes, bleu cheese and avocados drizzled with an Apple Cider vinaigrette.
WEDGE: A piece of metal, wood or other material with a thick end and a thin end that is driven between two objects. A doorstop. A type of shoe, in which the same piece of material serves as sole and heel. A popular surfing spot off the Balboa Peninsula in southern California…

OR a delicious, easy, fresh salad that’s been around long enough to surface multiple times and is now becoming popular once again. For good reason, “The Wedge” is back! Its origins date back to the 1920s or earlier, with repeat performances in the forties, fifties, sixties, seventies….well, you get the picture. The Wedge Salad is one of those eternal dishes that probably will never go out of style. Its classic ingredients just work! Sure, kale, chard and spinach are having their turn in the spotlight. Don’t get us wrong…we’re all about those delicious, nutritious leaves. But there’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned wedge of crisp iceberg every now and then! Pair it withย some bacon and bleu, and you’ve got something pretty wonderful.

BLT Wedge Salad - a new version of the iceberg classic, with bacon, tomatoes, bleu cheese and avocados drizzled with an Apple Cider vinaigrette.
This BLT Wedge Salad is pretty much the classic, although we’ve replaced the traditional creamy Roquefort dressing with a lighter apple cider version. Blast back through the ages to see how versatile this little gem truly is….The new and trendy “casserole” became the dish of the day in the 1950s, French-inspired steak dinners were all the rage in the 60s, the 80s introducedย a waveย of new, “healthy” salad ideas, and the turn of the century saw farmer’s markets and artisan breads surge to the headlines. Well, guess what? The Wedge lived through all that and more, complementing each new trend or standing all on its own. We think the wedge is truly an icon in the food world. While it might not be the most glamorous dish, it’s here to stay. Hallelujah! Such a delicious timeless classic will never be out of style.

BLT Wedge Salad - a new version of the iceberg classic, with bacon, tomatoes, bleu cheese and avocados drizzled with an Apple Cider vinaigrette.BLT Wedge Salad - a new version of the iceberg classic, with bacon, tomatoes, bleu cheese and avocados drizzled with an Apple Cider vinaigrette.

BLT Wedge Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5-6

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 5-6 Roma tomatoes
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 8-10 oz. bleu cheese
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

    Salad
  1. Wash lettuce and drain thoroughly. Cut stem out, and cut into 5-6 wedges.
  2. Cut tomatoes in wedges.
  3. Slice avocados.
  4. Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces and fry until crisp. Drain.
  5. Crumble bleu cheese into large chunks.
  6. Dressing
  7. Mince garlic.
  8. Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. Chill.
  9. When ready, assemble all ingredients around and on lettuce wedges, and drizzle with dressing.

Notes

*Use top-quality bleu cheese, preferably sold in wedges, NOT already crumbled.

*Dressing lasts weeks in refrigerator, and is extremely versatile. Use on any salad, drizzle on fresh or roasted vegetables, or use as a marinade for fish.

https://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/blt-wedge-salad/

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40 Comments

  • Reply Brittany March 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

    So glad I found you ladies! I pin almost anything you post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Sarah March 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks so much for pinning our recipes Brittany! Glad you like them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Amber March 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Oh my goodness this looks delicious! Bright and beautiful photos too

    http://www.amusedblog.com

    • Reply Sarah March 29, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Amber! It’s such a quick and easy recipe to whip out, hope you like it!

  • Reply Kari March 28, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What a fun idea for a fancy wedge salad!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • Reply Sarah March 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Kari, it’s true, simple ingredients can seem really impressive if you present it right. One reason to use the wedge!

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta March 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I haven’t had a good BLT wedge salad in way too long. Pinning for later.

    • Reply Sarah March 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Maggie, thanks for pinning! Enjoy the wedge ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Elsa | the whinery March 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    These make fantastic appetizers! I love the presentation. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Sarah March 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Elsa! It’s true, they do make great appetizers! So easy to throw together, but they look impressive.

  • Reply Candy March 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Love serving wedges especially at our women gatherings. They think it’s fancy.

    • Reply Sarah March 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Candy, I’m glad you appreciate the wedge ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can fool a lot of people into thinking it’s a gourmet, fancy-pantsy dish. But we know the truth: takes 2 minutes to throw together!

  • Reply Beth March 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Wonderful photos! I love eating salads, but I really hate making them, I’m not sure why. I may have to try this version.

    • Reply Sarah March 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Beth, I totally get it. Salads sometimes take a lot of prep…chopping, grating, mixing dressings. But it’s so worth the effort. And the wedge salad only requires you to chop the lettuce head in half instead of into tiny pieces. That’s one bonus at least!

  • Reply Angela Toslma March 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I have never thought of cutting it up into wedges before! That’s a fabulous idea!

    • Reply Sarah March 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Angela, Ya it’s kind of a fun and unique way of eating a salad! Give it a try next time you’re in the mood for some greens ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Hilary Hamilton March 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Okay your photographer is beautiful! So crisp and clean! As a food blogger, I love finding other food blogs with delicious recipes and photography that is inspiring.

    • Reply Sarah March 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Hilary, thank you so much for your sweet words. It’s so encouraging to get good feedback, especially from other food bloggers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply The Southern Stylista March 31, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I love BLT’s and I love salad, so I’m obviously going to have to try this out!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

    • Reply Sarah March 31, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Hope you like it! It’s always fun when you can combine two of your favorite foods into one delicious meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Liz Mays March 31, 2016 at 11:17 am

    A wedge salad hits the spot every time. All that crunch and freshness is for the win.

    • Reply Sarah March 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Liz, we totally agree. Something about the crunchiness of a wedge just hits the spot! Happy cooking!

  • Reply Angie Scheie March 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    They look delicious and super cute but I get confused with how to serve wedges. On a plate then like you have pictured? Or all thrown together in a bowl? I’ve had large wedge salads before but I’ve never had these mini wedges. So cute!

    • Reply Sarah March 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Angie, You can serve them however you’d like, but we usually plate them separately. So we take a mini wedge, put it on the plate and then add the toppings and dressing to each one individually. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Leslie Rossi April 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

    what a great presentation! also sounds delicious

    • Reply Sarah April 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Leslie!

  • Reply Cori April 1, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I love the addition of the avocado! I don’t care for iceberg lettuce, so I would probably use romaine stalks instead. Thanks for the idea.

    • Reply Sarah April 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Cori, romaine would work just as well! Hope you like it!

  • Reply Kusum April 3, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Love avocados and roma tomatoes in everything! And that dressing sounds so yum! Love your pics, delicious.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Reply Sarah April 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Kusum! We totally agree with you about the avocados and tomatoes. They make anything good ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Christine | Vermilion Roots April 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This is an incredibly smart and healthy snack. What a clever idea, and a great way to incorporate vegetables into a simple party appetizer! Love it!

    • Reply Sarah April 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Christine! Glad you like it! It really is a fun dish to serve at a party. Super easy to make, but looks gourmet and will impress any guest ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Carrie April 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Love salad for dinner – going to try this one! Great photography!

    • Reply Sarah April 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Carrie, we definitely agree! Salad for dinner = the best. Hope you like the recipe!

  • Reply Ninz April 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I love salads… I try to create new one every week and I have them for dinner. Salads are so healthy and will definitely try this one too.

    Ninz

    • Reply Elizabeth April 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Ninz, hope you love this one!

  • Reply Klauss April 29, 2016 at 5:04 am

    That’s wonderful! I especially want to mention the supply of food ๐Ÿ™‚ I love when there is creativity ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Elizabeth April 29, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Klauss, thank you! We think this is a tasty one…hope you enjoy it.

      • Reply Klauss May 4, 2016 at 5:17 am

        Tasty? Are you kidding me? This is incredible yummy!

        • Reply Elizabeth May 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

          Klauss, thanks so much! I’m kind of addicted to this salad…so glad you like it!

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