Jul 27, 2011

Quick Wedge Salad

Quick Wedge Salad

Another one of those: “Bring a little USA to the Netherlands,” recipes is a wedge salad.

If you’re Dutch, chances are you’ll be frowning now, wondering just what the heck a wedge salad is. You see, here in Holland we never, ever eat our lettuce in wedge form. It’s just not something you’ll see happening here. Not in our homes, not in our restaurants, nowhere really.

Bringing plates filled with topped lettuce wedges to the table will get you blank stares. Don’t be surprised if one of your friends will ask you, probably in a not-so-subtle way, if you were strapped for time or just too darn lazy to make them a real salad.

I love them, those wedges. There’s something decidedly fun about cutting a big wedge of iceberg lettuce, drenching it in dressing, topping it, and calling it a salad. And why not? Who decides what makes a salad a salad anyway? Food snobs? I’d say you do.

These are easy to make, fun to serve -especially during a BBQ or buffet-style dinner-  and they look so cheerful. I choose one of my own favorite dressings for this, which is an equally American, mild tangy and lightly sweet Tomato French Dressing, with a slight twist.

 

Ingredients:

iceberg lettuce
hard-boiled eggs
bacon
avocado
anything you like

Tomato French Dressing:

4 tbsp oil (mellow flavor like peanut oil)
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 lemon
1/2 small shallot
1/2 to 1 garlic clove

 

Directions:

Grate the shallot and garlic into your food processor bowl. Add the white wine vinegar and oil. Choose a mellow oil, like salad oil or peanut oi. Olive might be too overpowering.
Quick Wedge Salad

The mustard powder will add a kick without overdoing it.
Quick Wedge Salad

You can leave out the worcestershiresauce if you like, but I like the slight smokey flavor it adds. Goes really well with grilled meats.

Add the ketchup, sugar and worcestershiresauce. Add some tabasco if you want spiciness as well.
Quick Wedge Salad

Squeeze the lemon juice in there as well. It’ll add freshness as well and tanginess.
Quick Wedge Salad

Pulse until you have a smooth dressing.
Quick Wedge Salad

Cut the iceberg lettuce into thick wedges.
Quick Wedge Salad

Top them with anything you like. I’m partial to finely minced hard-boiled egg, crunchy bacon and creamy avocado pieces.
Quick Wedge Salad

Eat them for lunch, as a side dish or appetizer. They are easy and fun.
Quick Wedge Salad

Quick Wedge Salad
Ingredients
    iceberg lettuce
    hard-boiled eggs
    bacon
    avocado
    anything you like

    Tomato French Dressing:

    4 tbsp oil (mellow flavor like peanut oil)
    3 tbsp ketchup
    1 1/2 tsp sugar
    1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
    1/2 tsp mustard powder
    1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    1/2 lemon
    1/2 small shallot
    1/2 to 1 garlic clove
Directions
    Grate the shallot and garlic into your food processor bowl. Add the white wine vinegar, oil, ketchup, sugar, mustard powder and lemon juice. Pulse until you have a smooth dressing. Cut the iceberg lettuce into wedges, top with the dressing and the crumbled up bacon, minced egg and finely chopped avocado,
Meal type: lunch, side dish, appetizer
Servings: 4 to 6
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    20 Comments »

    1. 1

      I just love a good wedge salad! The typical American one is topped with Thousand Island Dressing, but I sure do like the sound of your Tomato French Dressing. Gotta try that soon!

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Jul 27, 2011 @ 3:30 pm Reply
      1. I vary between one with ranch dressing, tomato, avocado and bacon and this one. Somehow this one goes so well with BBQ.

        Kay on Jul 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Lettuce is lettuce no matter the cut of it.  I love a big old wedge of it with any kind of toppings, especially during these hot summer days.
       

      Di on Jul 27, 2011 @ 3:34 pm Reply
    3. 3

       I’ve always found wedge salads awkward to eat, but yours looks so good that it’s really drawing me in!

      Jenna on Jul 27, 2011 @ 4:39 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Mmm that dressing sounds delicious!
      I’m curious where you bought that grater? I’m looking for a good one for zests, garlic, ginger etc… One that doesn’t heap up everything inside it.

      Gaby on Jul 27, 2011 @ 4:53 pm Reply
      1. I bought it at a cooking supply store downtown, de Kokkerie. It’s called Microplane. They’re a bit pricey, though. 

        Kay on Jul 27, 2011 @ 4:59 pm Reply
        1. Thanks! I saw similar ones on Jr MasterChef Australia and they look very handy.
          Perhaps I can find them a bit closer to home (I live in Eindhoven) :)

          Gaby on Jul 27, 2011 @ 5:07 pm Reply
      2. Online even! http://www.pannen.nl/keukengerei/microplane-raspen/

        Kay on Jul 27, 2011 @ 5:12 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Zo! Dat zal ze leren ! Slim, je watermerk midden op de foto. Zo valt er niks meer te croppen! Wat een gemene manier om goeie sier te maken was dat zeg. Hoe ben je erop gekomen ? Ik ben eigenlijk nog steeds baff dat iemand zo brutaal durft te zijn.
      Groetjes, Urgje 

      urgje uit de bergen on Jul 27, 2011 @ 6:05 pm Reply
      1. Die had ik er toen ook al, maar ze proberen het watermerk met Photoshop uit te halen! Het ziet er niet uit hoe ze het doen.

        Kay on Jul 27, 2011 @ 6:30 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Jummie!! Wij eten onze wedge meestal met schimmel kaas dressing. Yum!

      Maxime on Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:01 pm Reply
    7. 7

      I thought the typical American ice berg wedge salad was served with bacon crumbles, bleu cheese crumbles, and chopped tomato (and lots of fresh cracked pepper).  Many steakhouses in the Midwest serve it that way.  I love slicing into that cool, crisp lettuce.  Oh, yum!  Sounds perfect for a hot day like today.

      Kay, have you ever made a 7-layer salad?  I’d love to see your spin on it! 

      Niteowl Nancy on Jul 28, 2011 @ 1:10 am Reply
      1. I think they also serve a standard version with ranch dressing, which is one I really like as well. Especially with finely minced tomato and bacon on top. The guys here don’t care for blue cheese, though.

        No, never made a 7-layer salad. Never even heard of it, just googled it and it looks cute. Kinda looks like a trifle.

        Kay on Jul 28, 2011 @ 8:45 am Reply
    8. 8

      My family must have missed the memo about wedge salads being an american thing…I’ve never had one. Might have to start with this!

      Katie loves pie on Jul 28, 2011 @ 2:52 am Reply
      1. You didn’t?! Go make one, or you’ll have to take the American flag down :)

        Kay on Jul 28, 2011 @ 8:42 am Reply
    9. 9

      I think the 7-Layer Salad is a real all-American, too.  It’s is amazingly more than the sum of its parts.

      Deb in Indiana on Jul 29, 2011 @ 1:35 am Reply
    10. 10

      Am I being very Dutch when I say I had never even thought about doing it that way but I think it’s brilliant… It’s just like a little healthy snack that you can enjoy in just about no time at all. Looks great!

      Simone on Jul 30, 2011 @ 7:10 pm Reply
      1. Wat ook lekker is is met eigen gemaakte ranch dressing, kleine stukjes tomaat, ei en bacon. Eet zo lekker makkelijk weg.

        Kay on Jul 30, 2011 @ 8:03 pm Reply
    11. 11

      I’ve never heard it called wedge salad. I know it as Dutch Lettuce. (as in Pennsylvania Dutch, actually a mispronunciation of Deutch, German) And it’s served with a hot bacon dressing.

      Jodi on Jul 31, 2011 @ 5:42 pm Reply
    12. 12

      I featured this recipe in my <a href=”http://livingabonafidelife.blogspot.com/2012/01/recipe-box-22.html”>Living A Bona Fide Life: Recipe Box #22</a>. Can’t wait to try it!

      Courtney @ LivingABonaFideLife on Jan 20, 2012 @ 3:03 pm Reply

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