A crisp wedge salad of iceberg lettuce topped with crunchy turkey bacon and creamy blue cheese drizzled with a light blue cheese dressing comes together in minutes for an easy side dish for dinner.
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Last year in our house, it was the year of the baked potato. No lie. My then 8-year-old discovered she loved baked potatoes. We were on a cruise at dinner. My husband had ordered a fully loaded baked potato with sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon and green onions. He asked our daughter if she would like to try it. She shrugged her shoulders and said OK. The waiter heard the conversation and stopped to see her reaction. She took a bite and her eyes immediately lit up.
She had huge smile on her face and looked supremely in love. Even the waiter laughed. You would have thought she had just eaten the most mind-blowing dessert, but no it was a loaded baked potato. A few minutes later, the waiter placed a loaded baked potato in front of her. She wolfed it down in huge bites. Now my daughter is usually the type that takes little bird sized bites and takes twice as long as everyone else to eat. From then on, given a choice she wanted a loaded baked potato.
Right before Christmas, we treated Ly to a dinner at our favorite restaurant, Better Half, in Atlanta. (Look for a restaurant review coming soon) We love to sit at the bar which happens to be part of their kitchen. We love to watch the food being cooked and talk to Chef Zach. If you live in Atlanta, you should go and sit at the bar. Tell him I sent you. Anyhoo, on the menu was a wedge salad. I mentioned to Zach that Ly doesn’t like salad. He already knows she is a huge cheese fiend.
He decided to give her a little wedge salad of her own. I was waiting to have to politely tell him, it’s not you, it’s her. She doesn’t like lettuce. Except she eat the whole thing. Believe me I have no illusions that she suddenly fell in love with lettuce. She loved the bacon, cheese and dressing which made the lettuce palatable for her. I’ll take it. Lettuce has been such a struggle with her. (Chef Zach has since gotten my green bean hating husband to eat them. You go Chef Zack.)
So, of course, not to be out done, I made a wedge salad the next night. She was actually happy to see me making salad and happily ate it, as long as she had enough turkey bacon, tomato and blue cheese for each bite of salad. Hey, it is a start. It gives me a foundation to build on to get her to eat more leafy greens. Oh the struggles of a leafy green hating child. I have to say I enjoyed it, too. We hadn’t had iceberg lettuce in a long time. I tend to prefer darker green lettuce, but that crunch is addictive. I’ll be putting iceberg lettuce back onto our table and onto my daughter’s plate.
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Healthy Wedge Salad with Turkey Bacon and Blue Cheese
- 6 tbsp. low-fat cottage cheese
- 6 tbsp. buttermilk
- 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp. neutral oil
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 oz. good quality blue cheese
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 4 slices cooked pepper turkey bacon crumbled
- 1 1/2 oz. good quality blue cheese crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped tomato
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
In a blender, puree the ingredients for the dressing.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together.
Cut lettuce in half. Then cut each half into three wedges.
Place wedges onto 6 plates.
Divide bacon, blue cheese and tomato between all the salads, sprinkling on top.
Sprinkle each wedges with salt and pepper.
Serve with dressing.
I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points
Happy Healthy Eating,
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