Wedge Salad with Smoky Bleu Cheese Dressing

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It’s officially the New Year, so I ought to say something about resolution making, oughtn’t I? But, here’s the thing. I detest resolution season. My whole stomach, nose, and eyebrow ligaments cringe at the mere thought of making a list full of things I need to do better. First on that list should be, “get better at making lists,” but I do so hate lists. Something about them make me feel bound and tied and imprisoned. Yes, I’m being overdramatic.

So, though I rattled off a verbal list of things I’d like to do better this year to my husband while tidying that unruly make-up drawer of mine and spraying Windex on the shower door, I don’t think I shall be making a list of Ne’er Do Wells.

Instead, I plan to wake up every morning and seek to do the things that make my soul sing. I will squeeze the nuggets out of my kids every morning, go for jogs in the nippy afternoon, continue to work like daylights to get our family on a service trip to Peru, spend multiple hours of my life tackling the laundry pile, bake like there’s no tomorrow, share the fruits of such labor with the neighbors (’cause Susie is a better runner than I am, and she can do with a few extra calories to beef up that teensy heiny of hers), pore over books that make me better, smile at strangers, text dear friends, call my mother often, and write snail mail by hand on pretty paper.

Oh dang it. Did you see that? Did you see what I just did?!

I just wrote down resolutions, that’s what. Dang it all.

Well, while I’m at it, here’s one more: Eat.more.salad. (Especially this one).

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Fresh-Made Bleu Cheese Dressing

Creamy, homemade bleu cheese dressing is easier to make than you might think. Chance are, it's also more fattening than you could have ever guessed. Mayonnaise and sour cream combine to give this dressings it's signature flavor and texture. That addition of mild, smoked blue cheese makes this a dressing that even blue cheese-haters might enjoy. In any case, blue cheese lovers (that's me), will likely consider this salad better than dessert. Thank goodness, it's nearly as caloric as most chocolate cakes. But, gosh it's good. Serve alongside steak, burgers, or chicken wings & you've got yourself a meal.

Ingredients:

For the Bleu Cheese Dressing:
1/3 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons cup vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup smoked blue cheese, crumbled

For the Wedge Salad:
Iceberg Wedge Salad
1 head Iceberg lettuce, well cleaned
Diced tomatoes
Chopped scallions
Pecan Pieces
Bacon Bits
Panko Breadcrumbs
Cubed Avocado

Directions:

For the Bleu Cheese Dressing:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, sour cream, milk and garlic until smooth. For a thicker dressing, omit the milk. Stir in the blue cheese crumbles. Serve immediatley, or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

For the Wedge Salad:
Make sure your lettuce is very cold. Pull it from the fridge just before serving and work quickly to get it on the table really cold. The salad is gorgeously delicious this way. Remove the root end from the bottom of the head of lettuce. Slice the lettuce half, then into 4-6 wedges (depending on your preferred size). Drizzle with homemade Smoky Bleu Cheese Dressing, and top with your favorite toppings (I like all of the above together for the ultimate wedge sandwich).

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Are you a Resolution maker? What’s on your list for 2011?

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22 Responses to “Wedge Salad with Smoky Bleu Cheese Dressing”

  1. 1

    Sara on January 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm Reply

    Gorgeous salad! I love your approach to new years resolutions. :)

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    Emily Heizer Photography on January 3, 2011 at 12:29 am Reply

    Pay more compliments. That has been on my list every year for the last 3 years. I almost forgot about New Year's Resolutions until I started checking in with the blogs today… but since you've reminded me.. (crap) Pay more compliments. You should always pay compliments when compliments are due. It doesn't hurt you to give it, and it alway smakes the person receiving them feel great.

    :)

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    Angie Dean on January 3, 2011 at 7:58 am Reply

    I'm going to continue loosing weight…another 50 lbs I think. I'm going to do it by eating lovely foods, like this one (may have to be my own version) and owning up to my choices. Thank you for your beautiful suggestions.

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    Kendra on January 3, 2011 at 10:03 am Reply

    My resolution this year is to be more financially organized. I have papers everywhere and not in any order. It drives me nuts and my hubby nuts. If I can accomplish this – I know I can do about anything!

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    savvy_homegirl on January 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Definitely bookmarking & trying this salad! I LOVVVEEE blue cheese and I've been wanting to try a homemade dressing recipe. It just kills me to buy dressing than let it sit in my fridge and get bad. I'd rather make it when I want it. Can't wait to take this one for a spin!

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    Julie on January 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Love your photos! and your resolution style – just like mine. I resolve to not make new year's resolutions, but always aim to make happy changes – more sleep, more dinner parties, more soup (translation: more veg), more time with W, more Sunday dinners, bigger walks for the dog, more creating of things. And a little less of me would be a good thing, too.

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    Jennifer (Savor) on January 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm Reply

    You Made a list -nahahhanananannana (tongue stuck out far)..I am honored to be along side of train loving Russell as a texty friend XOXOXOXOXO

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    Shaina on January 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm Reply

    This is my kind of salad. Love you, lady.

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    Phantom12345 on January 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm Reply

    A really yummy and healthy dish. Wow, amazing!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites on January 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Happy New Year, and I'd say that kinda sounds like a list of goals. Nothing wrong with that, though!

    I'm wish Shaina, this is my kind of salad. Love how it can be presented so prettily to guests.

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    a. maren on January 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply

    oo that dressing looks fantastic! will have to try soon. good luck on your goals!

    http://www.icyviolets.blogspot.com

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    Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. on January 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm Reply

    This salad looks delicious, love wedge salads! YUM!

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    Cumorah on January 5, 2011 at 10:08 am Reply

    Even as a girl who feels like eating blue cheese is liken to filling your mouth with little tidbits of mold – I can appreciate the beauty of this recipe! Dan, who absolutely does NOT share my feelings about blue cheese will just love it. I really only have one goal this year…to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. It could be a long year!

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    MommyNamedApril on January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am Reply

    i am addicted to wedge salads. my husband doesn't get it at all, but clearly you do :-)

    looks fantastic!

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    Jana on January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm Reply

    This looks AMAZING!!

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    JH on January 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Good afternoon,

    I’m the editor of an upscale food magazine interested in featuring this recipe & photo of yours in our upcoming issue. Let me know if you have an e-mail address I can send more information to so we can discuss.

    Kind regards,

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    Michelle on May 20, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

    I prepared this salad last week and it was to die for….. friends and family raved over it!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Sandra on July 20, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Great salad but way too much vinegar in the dressing receipe. I had to end up tripling the ingredients (minus the vinegar) to make it taste right. 3 TBS. of vinegar must be an error. Next time I will add the vinegar to taste, probably using less than a tablespoon.

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    Hickory Hill Smokehouse on December 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Try SMOKED BLUE Cheese at Hickoryhillsmokehouse.com

    You can order online!

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    Taylor Griffin on February 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I live in CHEESE COUNTRY: WISCONSIN!!!!!!!!! & have never heard of smoked blue cheese…..where do you buy it????

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