The Simple Iceberg Wedge Salad
Growing up in a family of nine people, we at a lot of iceberg lettuce. But I still enjoy the simple iceberg wedge salad when I’m out to eat.
A Well-Done Iceberg Wedged Salad
I actually like iceberg lettuce. I know it is virtually devoid of nutrients and/or flavor. But I like the crisp, freshness of it. And what is lettuce really but a conveyance for tasty salad dressing?
And iceberg does a fantastic job of conveying tastiness in the basic wedge salad.
Steakhouses were the place where I first discovered this little delicacy. Other restaurants carried it too, but the best ones were in good steakhouses in my experience.
It’s a simple salad…a wedge of iceberg lettuce (sometimes it’s a 1/4th of the head), a good, chunky bleu cheese dressing and pieces of smoky bacon.
The version I had recently also had tomatoes…which added nothing but color. I also add salt and freshly ground pepper to mine.
Since it’s only three main ingredients, all three have to be good quality.
- Stale lettuce that tastes like the inside of a refrigerator clearly ruins it
- Cheap bacon, or poorly cooked bacon doesn’t work very well – it can’t be too crisp or too limp and it has to be smoked bacon to give it the right flavor
- Runny or flavorless bleu cheese dressing is bad, but not the worst – it’s difficult to get a flavorless bleu cheese dressing, and it can always have crumbled bleu cheese added for texture and flavor
The simple and modest wedge salad is a classic and I order it whenever I see it on the menu. It’s also a good way to evaluate a restaurant in my opinion.
I started a new Westward Hat by Stephen West.
It’s a great design (one of my favorites of his). I’ve only completed the headband portion. While the pattern is for either the headband only, or the full hat, I will definitely be knitting the nicely cabled full hat.