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Super Simple BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

Tired of the same old salad? How about making this easy and delicious BLT wedge salad. Something about eating a salad with a fork and knife is fun and it looks so pretty on the plate if you are hosting a dinner party. This wedge salad is basically made by cutting a lettuce head into wedges and topping it with bacon, tomato and ranch dressing. So simple yet so good!

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

What you need for a perfect Wedge BLT Wedge Salad

Iceberg Lettuce: The first thing to consider when making a wedge salad is the lettuce type. Although Iceberg lettuce lost it’s popularity after Romaine became mainstream, it is still the best choice for a wedge salad. The round shape makes it easy to create wedges and the compact leaves also help with maintaining the wedge shape. Iceberg lettuce also has a lovely crisp taste that goes perfectly well with the creaminess of the ranch dressing. 

Good Quality Ranch Dressing: You can use any dressing but a ranch dressing is the absolute best for this saladIf you don’t have the time you can always use a store bought dressing however a homemade ranch dressing just takes this salad up a notch. I like to make my ranch dressing with Hood Sour Cream because of its great quality. Using fresh ingredients including chives, dill and garlic further elevate the taste of the dressing. 

Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are sweet and super flavorful which makes them a great choice for a BLT wedge salad. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes you could use diced Roma tomatoes which do not have too many seeds and liquid. 

Bacon: What is a BLT salad without the bacon. They say bacon makes everything better and I agree because it certainly makes this wedge salad better.  We love the Whole Foods brand reduced sodium bacon for this but any type of bacon will work. My tip is to broil your favorite bacon in the oven to get rid of most of the fat.

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Bacon

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Sour Cream

Those are the 4 main things you need for a BLT Wedge salad but you can add other ingredients as you wish. I like to add sweetcorn kernels and cucumber to this salad for more color. No matter what you add to it, you can’t go wrong with this salad.  

Check the recipe section for more recipes including my ultimate summer salad recipe

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

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BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
A deliciously creamy, tangy and fresh dressing that is super easy to make
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and milk in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients plus lemon juice till smooth and chill in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Dressing lasts for at least a week. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however an image in this post was used in a separate sponsored post. All opinions and content is completely mine alone. 

Easy Keto Spinach Salad Recipe

It’s week 3 of the new year and my hubby dearest is still sticking to his Keto diet. It certainly has made makes things more interesting when planning meals as I am not on the diet myself. Luckily the Keto diet includes lots of vegetables which I eat lot’s of already so it works out as I can always add carbs on the side. I made this delicious easy Keto Spinach Salad recipe for lunch the other day and it was delicious.

Easy Keto Spinach Salad Recipe

So let me start by explaining what a ketogenic diet aka ‘Keto’ diet is; keep in mind I am not a health professional and to always consult your doctor. Keto is basically a very low carb and high fat diet which shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs to fat. The reduction of carbs then places the body into a ketosis metabolic state that makes the body efficient at burning fat for energy. A lot of people have reduced their weight significantly following this diet. I personally do not follow it as I am not trying to lose weight and love me some carbs (in moderation of course)

Now back to the recipe. This spinach salad is super simple and my Keto husband loved it so much. All you need is lots of spinach and a few toppings like blueberries, walnuts, avocado, hemp seeds and red onions. The fat comes from the nuts, hemp seeds and avocado however you can certainly add chicken, fish or steak if you are very hungry. 

The dressing is also very simple and I made it by just whisking olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice, minced garlic and freshly ground black pepper. So simple yet so delicious. 

Easy Keto Spinach Salad

Easy Keto Spinach Salad
Serves 2
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups fresh organic spinach
  2. 2 avocados
  3. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  4. 1/2 cup walnuts
  5. 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  6. 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 1 small lemon zested
  3. Juice from half lemon
  4. 1 clove garlic minced
  5. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Arrange spinach in a wide deep plate or bowl then top with the blueberries, walnuts, hemp seeds and onion slices.
  2. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic and pepper together and drizzle over salad.
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The Ultimate summer salad recipe

I am so excited summer is here! Well it’s not officially summer but the weather has been gorgeous. We have had temperatures reaching the 80’s recently which is awesome. Because we are now homeowners with a backyard of our own it means we can have outdoor barbecues and lunches which I have been looking forward to. What better meal to eat in the summer other than a fresh homemade salad with all the fixings. Today I am sharing the ultimate summer salad recipe. 

With a salad like this you don’t even need to eat anything else with it. Even my hubby who has a healthy appetite was pretty satisfied. So, what ingredients does one add to the ultimate summer salad? Lettuce is a must because it adds volume to the salad and is the base ingredient. I like Romaine lettuce for this because of its firmness, dark green color and slight savory taste compared to iceberg lettuce.

Another must in this salad are red bell peppers, both fresh and fire roasted. I used 2 whole red bell peppers and one fire roasted. Red bell peppers are sweet and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Of all the bell pepper colors the red one is my favorite. I think a lot of people would agree with me. 

Last of the must have ingredients for the salad are cucumbers. Cucumbers add some bite and great texture to any salad. Instead of slicing them the usual way in circles, try to slice them diagonally. Slicing them diagonally will expose more surface area and looks better in my opinion. 

The rest of the ingredients can be substituted and switched around as you prefer. I added cherry tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, shredded carrots, blueberries, capers and fresh mozzarella. The result is a absolutely delicious and beautiful salad. No busy dressing needed here. I used a garlic and lemon favored Carlson Olive oil packet which was all I needed. 

Do you like salads? What is your favorite salad combination? I would love to learn from you in the comment box below. I have the perfect drink to serve this summer, check out the recipe here

The Ultimate Summer Salad
Serves 4
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce roughly chopped
  2. 2 Persian cucumbers sliced diagonally
  3. 1/2 large red onion sliced
  4. 2 red bell pepper sliced
  5. 1 cup roasted red peppers sliced
  6. 1 cup shredded carrots
  7. 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  8. 1 mozzarella ball sliced
  9. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  10. 1 cup basil leaves torn
  11. 2 tbsp capers
  12. salt and freshly ground pepper
Dressing
  1. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart lemon flavored oil
  2. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart garlic flavored oil
Instructions
  1. Add all vegetables in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper then top with mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
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Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

If you were given the challenge to make an easy dish with one unlikely ingredient what would you make? I was recently working on a campaign with the Soy Vay brand and they encouraged us to make a simple dish with an unlikely combination of ingredients. This got my creative juices flowing but after much debate I decided to go with a Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta salad. What makes this salad unique is the addition of fresh mandarins to it.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I must admit that I was not a big fan of sweet and sour dishes for a very long time until I had an amazing orange chicken dish at an Asian restaurant. Since then I have opened up more to the sweet and sour world.

I initially thought of adding sliced peaches but I scratched that idea because these are out of season and the ones I found at the store were flavorless and expensive. Pineapple is a popular sweet addition to savory dishes but I figured the fibrous texture and tartness may not go too well with the other ingredients. Mandarins were the next best choice as they complement spinach very well and offer a great flavor contrast to the other ingredients.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I know what you are thinking….this can’t possibly taste good, but let me tell you it really does!

Why bow tie pasta? I chose bow tie pasta because it’s flat surface can be easily picked up with a fork in a salad. Hoisin garlic sauce which has a strong salty and slightly sweet flavor provides the perfect contrast to the fresh mandarins. Green onions, carrots and red cabbage, fresh ginger all elevate the flavor of this salad and together they created a party of bold flavors.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

A salad like this is best served for a light Saturday lunch or packed lunch for work on a weekday. It even tastes better the next day plus it’s easy, unique and very tasty!

If you are looking for a more traditional pasta salad you will love my Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad.

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Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Sweet and Sour bow Tie Pasta Salad
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce package Bow Tie Pasta
  • 4 cups Fresh organic spinach
  • 1 cup Sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup Shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Minced Fresh ginger
  • 3 small Peeled and segmented mandarins
  • 2 Green onions sliced
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce package Bow Tie Pasta
  • 4 cups Fresh organic spinach
  • 1 cup Sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup Shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Minced Fresh ginger
  • 3 small Peeled and segmented mandarins
  • 2 Green onions sliced
Sweet and Sour bow Tie Pasta Salad
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook bowtie pasta at a boil till al dente i.e tender but with a bite, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Mix pasta, spinach, cabbage, onion, carrots, ginger and mandarins in a large bowl.
  3. Mix Hoisin sauce and oil together and pour over pasta mixture. Stir to coat. Serve warm or cold.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of DaVinci Pasta. The opinions and text are all mine.

You know that moment when you get home, open the fridge and just stare at it as if some dish is going to miraculously appear? This happened the other day when I had no idea what to cook until I noticed a bag of precut veggies sitting in the fridge. I then remembered I had received some bags of DaVinci Orzo pasta a few days before. If there is a pasta that goes well with veggies it is Orzo pasta. I had all I needed to make a delicious Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

For the beginner cook wondering what Orzo is; It is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Because of its similarity to rice it is often used as a rice substitute. DaVinci Orzo pasta is made in Italy with the finest ingredients, making it the perfect canvas for creative meal ideas like this Zesty Orzo and Veggie Pasta Salad. DaVinci Orzo can be found in Italian markets as well as a variety of grocery stores including your local store. The different varieties of DaVinci Pasta can be found using the product locator

Orzo pasta is very popular in salads because it goes very well with crunchy veggies and it is a good way to bulk up a salad. It is great in soups, pilafs, casseroles and risotto. In the cold weather, a hot bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup is my favorite. Another fun way to use Orzo pasta is to stuff it into halved avocados or tomatoes for pretty presentation.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

My Orzo Salad is quick, easy and there are so many ingredients that can be added to it. Delicious possibilities include cucumbers, radishes, dill, tomatoes, red onion, green peas, asparagus, feta, basil and more. You simply cannot go wrong with Orzo as it goes well with many things.

I spiced up my orzo salad with a little curry. The addition of curry may seem a little strange in this dish but it does not overpower the dish at all. I added a little lemon juice which mellows the strong curry flavor. The curry creates a unique depth in flavor unlike any orzo salad you will have. Another unexpected ingredient in this salad is capers which provide a hint of saltiness.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie SaladZesty Orzo and Veggie SaladThis zesty Orzo and veggie salad can be served warm and it will keep well in the fridge for a few days. It makes a great take to work lunch meal. Since I made more than enough for dinner, my fiancé and I were able to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Orzo salad can be served with any protein from chicken, beef, pork or fish like I did. If you like you can eat it alone or even top with a fried or poached egg.

Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad

Looking for more Orzo salad inspiration? Check out my delicious Orzo and Hearts of Palm Salad recipe too.

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Veggie Orzo Salad
zesty orzo and veggie salad
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups mixed veggies broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts,
  • 1 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • red and yellow peppers sliced
  • Lemon zest
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups mixed veggies broccoli, carrots, brussels sprouts,
  • 1 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • red and yellow peppers sliced
  • Lemon zest
zesty orzo and veggie salad
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo per package directions
  2. While the pasta water is coming to a boil, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, ginger, garlic, capers, salt, and pepper. Set aside
  3. In a large wok sauté onion for 3 minutes. Add curry powder and cook another 2 minutes. Add mixed veggies to onions and cook for 5 minutes until veggies are tender but still have a bite to them.
  4. Drain orzo and rinse under cold water.
  5. When the pasta and vegetables are ready, transfer them to a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Taste the salad and adjust salt and pepper as desired.

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