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BLT Wedge Salad with Summer Blue Cheese Dressing and Avocado Mousse

This simple and delicious recipe comes from everyone's favorite chef over at Loulay: Rob Sevcik. He recently competed on Season 24 of Chopped, here is his take on a traditional wedge salad.

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Summer Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing and Avocado Mousse

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Summer Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing and Avocado Mousse

Serves 4

Ingredients

Salad

8 Slices Thick Cut Bacon

1 Medium Head Iceberg Lettuce

1 Large Tomato, diced

Blue Cheese Dressing

1 c. Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise

1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper

¾ c. Cambanzola Cheese or other good quality blue cheese, cut into small pieces

Sea salt to taste

Avocado mousse

3 Small Avocados

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

¾ Cup Cream

Sea salt to taste

 

Procedure

Cook bacon in a medium-high pan until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and drain on a few paper towels. Once it is cool, cut into small pieces.

To make the dressing, set blue cheese aside and blend other ingredients in blender or food processor. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and gently in fold blue cheese. Let rest overnight. Enjoy! (Will hold up to 5 days in refrigerator.)

Tip from Chef Rob: If you’re feeling adventurous try adding some fresh thyme to the recipe, or a little bit of hot sauce. You would be surprised at the number of great combinations you can come up with!

To make the avocado mousse, blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth making sure to scrape side of bowl with mixer at least twice during process.

Cover with plastic wrap touching surface and mousse will hold for 2 days.

To assemble the salad, cut the iceberg lettuce into four large wedges then drizzle each wedge with blue cheese dressing a dollop of avocado mousse and top with bacon and tomato.

Enjoy!