Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Want A Wedgie!


I want a wedgie salad. Which is a wedge of iceberg lettuce, drizzled with blue cheese dressing. And sometimes topped with bacon and tomatoes. Sometimes a bit of red onion.

But basically, it's iceberg, blue cheese and bacon, which all fall under the heading "Not Healthy Salad Items." Let's face it, the wedgie salad is like Good Salad's evil twin brother. It has no redeeming nutritional value. Iceberg lettuce is the equivalent of eating cardboard. Bacon is...bacon. And blue cheese dressing is filled with fat.


Nevertheless, I ate two of these yesterday--one for lunch and one for dinner. (I put avocado and walnuts on one, trying to move it from the "What The Hell Are You Thinking, Cardiac Girl?" category to the "Well, Avocados Are Good For Your Heart" category.)

Although I do love creamy blue cheese dressing, I opted for a vinaigrette dressing with blue cheese crumbles on top to alleviate a small sliver of guilt. And it worked! (I hardly felt guilty at all as I consumed this totally crappy salad.)

Bon appetit!

Wedgie Salad ala Penelope

Iceberg lettuce cut into wedges, otherwise known as "wedgies"
Chopped tomato
Blue cheese crumbles
(if you are horrified by the lack of nutrition here, you may add avocado, cuke, walnuts, etc)

3 t white balsamic vinegar
1 small shallot chopped
1 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. good olive oil
blue cheese crumbles
freshly ground pepper

Whisk together vinegar, oil, shallot, mustard....and then add a tablespoon or so of the blue cheese, and a bit of salt. Whisk until it is a nice creamy dressing.

Put a wedgie on a plate (hee hee!). Then sprinkle with some chopped tomato. (If you are not a heart patient, please feel free to add some crispy bacon bits---Penelope shakes her fist at the sky, "Curse you, Old Man Jenkins!"). Drizzle salad dressing on top with a few extra blue cheese crumbles. Add freshly ground pepper, too, if it makes you feel better.

Eat with a fork and knife.

Happy Wedgie Munching (that sounds bad, doesn't it?),