The Wedge

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Forget iceberg; the traditional Wedge salad is better with romaine lettuce and a healthier ranch-style dressing.

Preparation time: 15
Cooking time: 0

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4


2 hearts of romaine, quartered lengthwise and cores removed
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons champagne or white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, tarragon, basil or dill


Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:
Whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, champagne (or white-wine) vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in herbs.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per tablespoon: 16 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 103 mg sodium.

Place 2 romaine quarters on each of 4 salad plates. Sprinkle with chives, bacon and blue cheese. Drizzle with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 111 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 2 g mono); 17 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 1 g fiber; 481 mg sodium; 97 mg potassium.

Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (25% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv).

0 Carbohydrate Servings

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