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?),


Tales of Whimsy said...

I adore these. I am so making this. Thanks for the recipe. I love when you share recipes.

Penny Watson said...

Hi hon! I can't stop eating this! Iceberg lettuce! It's like the lowliest of the lettuces! Ack!

But this recipe is so good! Hope the babe is doing well!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oh, my favorite salad, I swear. And I actually prefer an oil and vinegar dressing with the crumbled blue cheese. I'm not a fan of creamy dressings. But man, I love that crunch! Great with walnuts and avocado!
Hey, don't insult iceberg lettuce. It's full of fiber.

Casey Wyatt said...

Mmmm....sounds yummy!

Penny Watson said...

Fiber! OK, Julia, you have saved iceberg lettuce from the "no redeeming qualities" category. Fiber! I'll take it.

Penny Watson said...

Casey....I'm wondering if I'll be eating it again tonight. Not sure I can stop myself....

Heidenkind said...

"Iceberg lettuce is the equivalent of eating cardboard."

I totally agree. I can feel myself dying of boredom whenever I eat an iceberg salad. I'd be better served to just pour a tablespoon of dressing down my throat.

ANYWAY. Salads. ::sigh:: You should put strawberries on your salad; that's what I do. :)

Unknown said...

Well now I feel weird admitting this (maybe I was a rabbit in a prior life?), but I sort of like just ripping iceberg apart and and eating it super cold and plain.

I'd never turn it down dripping in blue cheese dressing though and if I'm going to sin, I'm doing enough of it that I know why the scale is grumbling at me. ;)

Thanks for the craving! lol

Penny Watson said...

Tasha...I love fruity salads! (My husband does not...he says fruit should not occur anywhere near a salad or entree!)----I love putting dried fruit or fresh fruit on my salads. Strawberries! Good idea. (I like the image of pouring the dressing directly down your throat...hee hee).

Penny Watson said...

Hi Barbara....good for you! It's all about the crunch, baby. That is iceberg's claim to fame.

Unknown said...

Oh yes, Oh yes, Oh Yes, Oh Yes, Oh yes

Penelope you are a Goddess, but you know that, right


Penny Watson said...

Yes, I know I'm a goddess. But thanks for reminding me, Tom.