Make Ahead

The Wedge

August 14, 2011
0 Ratings
Photo by inpatskitchen
  • Cook time 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

From the early 1960s until the mid 90s the Machus Restaurants were the place to go for American fare here in Metro Detroit. There was the Sly Fox, Foxy's, The Red Fox and a number of others. Actually, it was leaving The Red Fox where famed Teamster boss, Jimmy Hoffa, was last seen. The Machus Group is no longer, but the signature salad is always on my mind.... tossed iceberg lettuce with onion, tomato, blue cheese and olives and a sweet and sour dressing. I've taken some of the elements here and placed them on a wedge of lettuce for a lighter version of the classic wedge which is (and was) usually smothered heavily in blue cheese dressing. —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the wedge
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (or gorgonzola if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • Maybe 10 to 15 flat leaf parsley leaves (use your judgement)
  • The sweet and sour dressing
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce cut into 4 wedges
  1. For the dressing
  2. Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake, shake, shake.
  1. For the wedge
  2. Halve the cherry or grape tomatoes and gently stir in the bacon, blue cheese, onion and parsley.
  3. Gently toss the salad with about 1/2 of the dressing. Add more if you feel you need it.
  4. Place 1/4 of the tomato salad over each of the lettuce wedges.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

3 Reviews

boulangere August 14, 2011
A variation on this was served at Marion Cunnimgham's 80th birthday party because it is her favorite salad. Love it!
inpatskitchen August 14, 2011
Oh thank you boulangere! What was the variation? I've been making this combination for loves it!
boulangere August 14, 2011
As I recall, it was just the wedge with bleu cheese dressing. Marion Cunningham has serious rules. Yours is much more interesting, not to mention beautiful.