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22 August 2009 @ 10:26 am
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad (like the one at Outback Steakhouse)  
My husband goes through food obsessions. Some of the things he's asked for incessantly in the past are: strawberry shortcake, apple crisp, beef stew, chocolate chip cookies, and grilled sandwiches, to name a few. Some girls' husbands bug them about sex. Mine bugs me about food. (And sex. I'm not gonna lie.;))

I started cutting out meats breads and sweets at the beginning of the week, and it's amazing how fast you see results. Four pounds vanish just like that when all you eat are non-meat protein, fruits and veggies. I didn't put the bacon on this salad, but it was still a meal in and of itself. If you are a blue cheese lover (and for me, the stinkier the cheese, the better!), this is a MUST MAKE - OH, MY WORD RIGHT NOW.

1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 - 1 cup buttermilk **
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons sugar
6 ounces crumbled blue cheese

** If you don't have buttermilk, and really, who does? You can take a cup of regular milk and add 1 3/4 tsp of cream of tartar - whisk it together and viola! Buttermilk. Lemon juice also works in lieu of cream of tartar.

1 head iceberg lettuce
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c chopped purple onion
1/2 c toasted pecans
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
6 ounces crumbed blue cheese
salt and pepper

Balsamic glaze
take 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and heat in saucepan 'til reduced by half. Then you've got a nice balsamic-y syrup to drizzle over your salad. The taste combination is amazing.

1. To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, and buttermilk, mixing well.
2. Add remaining ingredients mixing thoroughly.Must refrigerate for 24 hours before serving for best flavor.
3. For the salad assembly, divide iceberg lettuce head into four equal sections, cutting down towards the stem.
4. Place on plates, topping liberally with the blue cheese dressing, crumbled bacon,onion, pecans, chopped tomato and crumbled blue cheese.
5. Add balsamic glaze. Sparingly.
6. Serve nice and cold, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Aaron said it looked like a salad sundae. Everyone in my family ate EVERY bite. Even the kids. They loved it. :)
I feel:: busybusy
seegrimseegrim on August 22nd, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
6. Serve nice and cold, adding salt and pepper to taste.

And don't forget that glass of wine! Or two. *g*

Looks delicious. If I liked blue cheese, I'd be all over this salad. Although Paul did just look at it longingly over my shoulder.
Carrie Leigh: No carb left behindcarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Aw. Are you denying the boy bleu cheese? That seems cruel.
(Anonymous) on August 22nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
wow! Beautiful!
I'll be making this very soon. We will love it. I have all the ingredients except iceburg. Do you think it would be as good with other lettuce? XOXO Mom
Carrie Leigh: Choose your weapon cookingcarrie_leigh on August 22nd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: wow! Beautiful!
I dunno. The crunchy texture of the iceberg held up well. I'd be afraid ofther lettuces wouldn't stand up to the strain. :)
O Demanding One: Urs: Daisy Ursheyurs on August 23rd, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)

Yuuuummmm! :D *smacking my lips*

(Anonymous) on November 7th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
OMG I love this salad at Outback cant wait to make it
(Anonymous) on December 10th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Sour cream
The Dressing doesnt say Sour Cream then it says sour cream would you mind posting how much im excited
Carrie Leigh: My cupcakes bring all the boyscarrie_leigh on December 10th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Sour cream
Ooops. I coped and pasted from several different recipes, and evidently forgot to delete the sour cream when I posted this. I omitted it completely. But if you wanted to add a 1/4 of a cup, I bet it would taste great.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy eating!

(Anonymous) on December 20th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you
To one writer, do NOT cross this salad off your list just because you think you don't like bleu cheese!! I have never eaten it in my life and never would....and one day I saw someone get served this salad at Outback and the waitress said it was awesome and she did not like bleu cheese. I took a chance thinking I would send it back it was gross. OMG! It was the most fantastic salad I have ever eaten! I made noise the entire time I ate the salad and I did NOT need the steak or the potato. Now when we are deciding where to go, I pick there and all I order is the salad and tea. You get the bread anyway. We are making the salad for each person for Christmas dinner, and I was looking for the balsamic reduction recipe and found this site. Thank you so much for doing this. I can't wait to try it.

One one thing...you said mix the mayo with the sour cream but I don't see sour cream on the list of ingredients. I hate sour cream...do they add that? See I didn't even know and that is another thing I have never had...but this salad makes it worth it. (but if I can leave out the sour cream I want to...can I? Will it make a difference?)

Thanks again.
(Anonymous) on December 20th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
oh boy no sour cream!
Great I am leaving it out. Can't wait.

Hey I read another balsamic reduction recipe and they said to add 1-2 tsp. of sugar...is that necessary?
Carrie Leigh: coffeecarrie_leigh on December 20th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: oh boy no sour cream!
I didn't add the sugar, but if you prefer things to be sweeter, you certainly could. I think it was fine on its own. If you do add the sugar, make certain that you stir until it's dissolved so your reduction isn't grainy.

Grainy reduction. Blergh.

Anyway, I hope your salads turn out fabulously! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

(Anonymous) on December 20th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
anonymous here
Hey, I didn't realize I was anonymous so I got an account. I will certainly let you know how the salads go over for Christmas dinner...and I will put everything on them but the bacon and let everyone put their own. I noticed your pictures.....and I LOVE the analogy of salad sundae. Isn't that the truth. I think I might need to make a run over to Outback today.
(Anonymous) on April 4th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Outback Wedge Salad
Hello - was looking for this recipe and came across yours, seems very good, I bought all the ingredients, when it came time to make it your instructions mention SOUR CREAM, but you did not give how much.

Had to find another recipe.
Carrie Leigh: Awkward Luke and Darthcarrie_leigh on April 4th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Outback Wedge Salad
It was an oversight from copying and pasting from several different recipes. I didn't use sour cream, and it turned out well.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Donna HahnDonna Hahn on February 12th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
wedge salad
my husband found this recipe omg it was awesome.....and i left out the lemon juice.....it was the closest to outback.....i would like to have more recipes......my email is dmd5rn@hotmail.com.......i am impressed

(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: wedge salad
Will try this real soon. This is one of our favorites at Outback.
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
outback wedge salad
You can'y believe how happy I am you posted this. My husband and I are snowed in and of couse I was obessed with what I can't have the outback wedge salad. Going to make the dressing now. Thanks so much.
Carrie Leigh: Choose your weapon cookingcarrie_leigh on January 17th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: outback wedge salad
So glad you enjoyed it!

Carrie Leigh
(Anonymous) on June 4th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Wedge Salad
Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Carrie. BTW - Love your sense of humor XD. David
(Anonymous) on October 15th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
the search is finally over!
Knew I had this salad somewhere.....for the life of me couldn't remember where.......went on line and found this site......I am elated! Hubby is not a fan of blue cheese...but I know he's gonna fall in love with this. On my way to the store now!
Carrie Leigh: My cupcakes bring all the boyscarrie_leigh on October 16th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: the search is finally over!
Fantastic! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Edited at 2012-10-16 02:14 am (UTC)
monecckmonecck on January 8th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
how many does this serve?
Carrie Leigh: redshoes on bookstackcarrie_leigh on January 8th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
6-8, depending how small you cut up the wedges of iceberg, and how much of the other ingredients you put on top.