Bibb Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing

These bibb wedges with blue cheese dressing are an updated version of the classic wedge salad made with iceberg lettuce. This contemporary riff calls for bibb lettuce, radicchio, and endive to be smother with an oh so creamy buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

A Bibb wedge, radicchio, endive, and blue cheese dressing on a white plate set on top of blue and yellow linens.

These bibb wedges with blue cheese dressing are not at all like those pale wedges of bland iceberg lettuce that were barely discernible beneath blobs of bottled blue cheese dressing that tasted mostly of garlic powder. Well, this lovely little salad plate resembles it ever so slightly in that it still offers the crunch of the classic. But it also boasts the slight bitterness of endive and radicchio and the creamy richness of a proper homemade blue cheese dressing. Trust us when we tell you that you’re going to want to commit this little number to memory.–Renee Schettler

Bibb Wedges With Blue Cheese Dressing

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • For the wedge salad
  • For the blue cheese dressing

Directions

Make the wedge salad

Cut the lettuce, radicchio, and endive into quarters through the stem ends, leaving the cores intact. Soak them in a large bowl of cold water to clean them thoroughly. Drain well and wrap the quarters, a few at a time, in paper towels to dry completely. Place the wrapped quarters in plastic bags and refrigerate for at least several hours or up to overnight to chill and crisp. Place 4 salad plates in the refrigerator to chill.

Make the blue cheese dressing

Place the mayonnaise, blue cheese, buttermilk, and vinegar in a blender and pulse several times, until the dressing is partially pureed with some chunks of cheese remaining. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, remove the lettuce, radicchio, endive, and salad plates from the refrigerator. Cut the cores from the lettuce, radicchio, and endive wedges, leaving the leaves of the wedges intact; discard the cores. Place one lettuce wedge, one radicchio wedge, and one endive wedge on each plate. Drizzle the blue cheese dressing over the salad, top with the blue cheese, season with additional salt and pepper if desired, and serve chilled. Originally published December 8, 2011.

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    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    Love the combination of these leafy types of lettuces. Their tart taste combines tremendously well with the sweet and salty dressing. Very easy to prepare and and a perfect starter for any dinner or just as is. The day after, I combined the rest of the salad and the dressing with some roast chicken breast and it was the perfect summer lunch.

    A great salad of sweet and tender Bibb lettuce and pleasantly bitter greens. The dressing is delicious with a slight tang from the sherry vinegar and none of the strange aftertaste I find many bottled blue cheese dressings have (I think dried onion and/or garlic are the culprits).

    If you have a small kitchen and don’t have a blender ready on your counter top, I think you can make this dressing with a fork. Just mash some of the blue cheese into the mayo and buttermilk first before blending—that’s how I would make it next time.

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    Comments

    1. Just a note to say that a spoonful of Lingonberry Jam on this lovely salad plate will send this recipe to the moon,,,and back! Loowbush Cranberries/Lingonberries go with Bleu Cheese like-a ringin’ the bell!

    2. Great recipe, but, unfortunately, it is NOT gluten-free. Blue-veined cheeses are almost always cultured with penicillin that has been grown in bread. My celiac wife learned that the hard way, eating Wapiti blue cheese regularly for a month in New Zealand and loving it, only to discover the source of her constant distress later.

      1. Hi, Bob. Before we post gluten-free recipes, we have them reviewed by our testers who are gluten intolerant to get a consensus as to the whether any particular recipe might have some gluten lurking in it. This salad passed. We also checked with a Canadian scientific study, which used three different ELISA tests on several blue cheeses and all came up gluten-free. That being said, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain blue cheeses that interact with certain folks who have celiac disease. So thanks for your comment. I hope it gives pause to anyone who is gluten-intolerant.

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