Yes, a simple and strait forward salad like this one was all the rage in the 1960’s. Considered to be the height of food fashion of the time this no frills salad was seen in restaurants and graced the tables of many homes for “fancy” dinners. It is strange to think that something like iceberg lettuce was so in vogue. The lettuces of popularity now were not introduce to us until the 1970’s, and even then they were seen far and few in between. A wedge salad was traditionally served with a creamy dressing; Blue Cheese among the many. A creamy Blue Cheese Dressing is very “American” and also one of the more flavorful dressings I believe is out there. The potency of the Blue Cheese compares nicely to the crisp bite of the lettuce. It stands up well to it and you must admit, it is pretty to look at how it stands up on the plate like it does. This was perfect for my Mad Men themed dinner.
Iceberg Wedge with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing (serves 8 )
1 small head of Iceberg lettuce, cut into 1/8 wedges (washed and dried)
¼ cup of mayo
¼ cup of sour cream
3 tbsp of olive oil
3 tbsp of lemon juice or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp of minced shallot
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
¼ - ½ cup of crumbled blue cheese
1 tbsp – ¼ cup milk
Place your mayo, sour cream, olive oil, lemon or vinegar, and shallot in a bowl and whisk together until all combined and smooth. Sprinkle in your blue cheese, salt and paper to taste and whisk again. Thin it out to desired consistence with the milk – whisking as you drizzle it into your dressing. Let it sit and marinate at least 20 minutes before servin
To serve: place your salad wedge on your place and drizzle your dressing over the top of it. Be sure to serve cold. You can garnish with more blue cheese if you like.