Loaded Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Loaded Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Loaded Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

September 21, 2018
: 4 servings

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Ingredients
  • 2 small tomatoes (about 8 ounces total), diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • White wine vinegar, for soaking onion
  • 4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 ounces fresh bread crumbs (about 1/2 cup)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces mild blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves discarded and quartered through core so that each quarter holds together
  • Minced chives, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and add diced tomatoes.
  • Step 2 Sprinkle liberally with salt, and toss to combine.
  • Step 3 In a small bowl, add onion and pour enough vinegar on top to cover.
  • Step 4 Let tomatoes and onions stand while you prep the other ingredients.
  • Step 5 In a small skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisped, about 5 minutes.
  • Step 6 Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Step 7 You should have about 2 tablespoons rendered fat in the skillet.
  • Step 8 Add bread crumbs and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Step 9 Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Step 10 In a medium bowl, mash blue cheese with a whisk.
  • Step 11 Whisk in mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and lemon juice until a smooth, slightly lumpy dressing forms.
  • Step 12 Season with pepper (the blue cheese will likely make the dressing salty enough, but taste and add salt if necessary).
  • Step 13 Arrange iceberg wedges on plates and spoon dressing on each.
  • Step 14 Drain quick-pickled onions and sprinkle all over salads, along with drained tomatoes (discard any extracted liquid), bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and chives.

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