Iceberg Wedges with Gorgonzola Dressing

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I LOVE an iceberg wedge salad, don’t you? I’m easily seduced when I see a nice wedge on a restaurant menu. I can’t help myself. They’re novel, they’re fun and they usually have a creamy dressing & something bacon-y to boot. Seriously, what’s not to like? I made fried chicken this past weekend (we’ll get to that, next post!) and needed something cool, crisp, and refreshing to serve with it. This iceberg wedge salad extravaganza proved to be a match made in heaven with my OH-SO crispy FRIED CHICKEN.

up close & personal

Because I aimed to add crispy cooked bacon to this salad (WHY NOT?!), I bought low fat buttermilk & fat free Greek yogurt for the dressing. The lower fat options didn’t make a speck of difference in the overall taste. Isn’t it good to plan ahead? The creamy/sharpness of the Gorgonzola dressing was phenomenal with the sweet/juicy plum tomatoes I sprinkled around the edge of each plate. I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt after eating 2 servings in one night. I HAVE to make this again when I get around to making “killer hot wings” for my husband this summer. It’s on my list, after all.

And we’re off!

This is SOO easy. Watch me.

Cut up your lettuce. WEDGE central!

wedges

Get your dressing ingredients together. Simple. Grate a garlic clove with a zester! EASY.

dressing!

Mix the Greek yogurt into the buttermilk. Add the Gorgonzola, garlic & season with salt & pepper.

hello gorgonzola!

Get out your bacon & tomatoes. Assembly time!

BLT

Drizzle the dressing over the wedges. Cut up the tomatoes & scatter them on the plate.

spoon on the dressing

Top with BACON! Fresh ground pepper too!

up close & personal

Now eat it outside.

in context!

Food always tastes better outside, ya know?

Iceberg Wedges with Gorgonzola Dressing

Serves 4

(recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentis)

  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 4 wedges
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup plum tomatoes, sliced in half

In a medium bowl, stir the buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and garlic together. Add in 2/3 cup of the Gorgonzola to the dressing. Season with salt & pepper and set aside.

Arrange the lettuce wedges on individual plates. Spoon the dressing over the wedges, top with bacon, tomatoes and remaining Gorgonzola. Sprinkle some fresh cracked pepper on top and serve.

***Shutterbean Notes***

-Casey thought the wedges were a little too wide. If you’re like Casey, cut them into 6 wedges instead of 4 and serve 2 wedges per person.

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29 Comments

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  • June 27, 2011

    my mouth is watering big time. I had a salad like this for the first time in chicago last year. YUM.

    • June 27, 2011

      Told ya it will seduce you.

  • June 27, 2011

    Oh man, you know I’ve never heard of this before. Do you eat it like a lady all knife and fork or do you just nom it with your hands? I’m pretty sure either way I’m game for the hands option

    • June 27, 2011

      Fork & Knife! CLASSY!

    • Vanessa
      June 28, 2011

      This made me LOL! For reals! I asked myself the same thing though…

  • June 27, 2011

    if there is a wedge salad on a menu, I will order it. love them, I really do.

  • June 27, 2011

    Oye. with the mason glasses with lemonade and everything. I love you and I hate you because I want a porch and mason glasses with lemonade! :o)

  • June 27, 2011

    This is such a fab idea. Awesome looking salad!

  • Roxy
    June 27, 2011

    Nom! And usually I’m not a fan of iceberg lettuce. Can’t wait to make it his week.

  • June 27, 2011

    LOVE the wedge salad. although, i love all things wedged, i think.

  • June 28, 2011

    Icebery wedges are so pretty and so perfect for this time of year and I love the reasoning behing the low fat/fat free dressing, the epitome of balance ;)

  • June 28, 2011

    i can almost taste how refreshingly yummy it is!

  • June 28, 2011

    I’ve never had a wedge salad. I’m a total jerk!

    I will be having one soon though, don’t worry.

    • June 28, 2011

      That doesn’t make you a jerk. Not trying this recipe does! Haha

  • June 28, 2011

    Mmm. This looks amazing. All the things that I love on one plate. Great idea! :) Petra

  • June 28, 2011

    I love iceberg wedges! One of my favorite things to order when I’m out.

  • June 28, 2011

    yum! that giada and her enormous…love of food.

  • June 28, 2011

    I love your blog! It’s my new favorite! I really enjoy your design, decorating, and craft ideas. Thank you!
    Valerie

  • June 29, 2011

    I also love me a wedge salad- I prefer a Ranch dressing but this looks really good too! I can’t WAIT for the fried chicken recipe- I will DEFINATLY be partaking in that one! Have a great day!

  • June 29, 2011

    Oh my word! that looks heavenly! Almost not like a salad at all…..

  • June 29, 2011

    I made this last night to go with our dinner and my husband said it was the best salad he’s ever had. I found it really filling too. yum!

    • June 29, 2011

      AMAZING!!! High Five, Dana! Way to make your husband happy!

      • June 29, 2011

        I’m going to have to try my hand at the fried chicken now. That whole meal just looks amazing!

  • June 29, 2011

    I just want you to know I have been bookmarking the heck out of your recipes. For when I need inspiration and to impress people. Thanks!

  • Asha
    May 2, 2014

    I made this last night and it rocked my socks. I used feta instead of gorgonzola (unsure if my dinner guests would go for the gorg) and I added a little dill, amazing!

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