Wedge Salad with Turkey Bacon and Blue Cheese

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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Such an easy wedge salad recipe made healthier. Works with Weight Watchers too.

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.
Iceburg lettuce, crispy turkey bacon and blue cheese with a light blue cheese dressing

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.

 

 

I loved this salad. So crisp, refreshing and easy.
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Healthy Wedge Salad with Turkey Bacon and Blue Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 121 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 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

Salad:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  3. Cut lettuce in half. Then cut each half into three wedges.
  4. Place wedges onto 6 plates.
  5. Divide bacon, blue cheese and tomato between all the salads, sprinkling on top.
  6. Sprinkle each wedges with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with dressing.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Wedge Salad with Turkey Bacon and Blue Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Cheese and bacon - the secret to any good meal ;-) I can understand why your daughter has become a lover of the baked potato and iceberg smothered in those tasty toppings! Fab post :-)
  2. This looks fantastic, I love Blue Cheese!
  3. I think I will love this recipe... bookmarked it! :)
  4. Christie--love your take on a classic wedge. I will be making this soon!
  5. My daughter LOVES wedge salads and orders them whenever she sees them on menus. Funny though, I've never made one at home. She would certainly love it if I did :). This is actually a good idea for dinner tonight!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I really liked serving the salad this way, Joanie. It was so quick and easy to cut the head of lettuce into wedges.
  6. I love wedge salads and I love the bacon in this!
  7. Cute story about your daughter! I love watching my children try things for the first time. It's like getting to see a simpler and less complicated world through their eyes. This wedge salad looks like a winner!
  8. A great way to cut down without knowing it.
  9. Wedge salads are my favorite and I just don't eat them enough. I love that you lightened yours up! I want a bit bowl now. :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Julia, I love the ease of preparing the lettuce this way. I prefer to buy my own lettuce heads rather than the prepared ones in a bag.
  10. I love wedge salads! I'm so happy to see them making a comeback. I will admit, I've never tried cottage cheese in a salad dressing, but hey - there's a first time for everything! :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Julie, Cottage cheese is an amazing healthy ingredient. I have been using in so many different recipes.
  11. My daughter loves wedge salad. This is a fabulous recipe. I can't wait to try it. I think it's going to be a keeper.
  12. Loving all the flavours in this salad!! I do love a wedge salad, they're so easy and satisfying!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      They are so easy Annie and I think the shape and of course, the toppings is what makes it child friendly.
  13. Charlotte Moore says
    I love a good salad. Love baked potatoes but, but.... I only eat salt and pepper on them. No butter!!
  14. I just love everything about this salad! First off the flavors - I'm a total sucker for blue cheese and bacon! But even better - this is healthy, too! No guilt here ... just loads of deliciousness!
  15. I love your salads, thanks for sharing.
  16. Oh yum! Wedge salads are one of my favorite splurges when my husband & I go out to eat. ;) I love this lightened up blue cheese dressing you whipped up for this at-home version.
  17. This is such a great recipe, Christie! Thanks for always sharing such great "lighter" options!
  18. I"m a blue cheese fanatic and so happy to have your lightened up blue cheese dressing recipe! Thanks for sharing!
  19. I love every recipe of tomato. It is very easy to make and less time consuming. I always make tomato salad at dinner time. Thanks for sharing.

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