The Ultimate Italian Dinner…Part 2 {Side Dishes}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Recipes

Have you ever tried the Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad??...Oh it is my absolute favorite!! So, I was determined to find this recipe and I have been making this plate of deliciousness for a long time.  This salad is a great addition to any type of meal...great with a steak, salmon and in this case even Italian!

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The Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad {Serves 4}

Blue Cheese dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

6 ounces crumbled blue cheese 

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. Mix well. Next, thoroughly mix in the remainder of the ingredients. 

Afterwards, refrigerate the dressing for up to 24 hours before serving for best flavor. 

 

For the salad

1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 4 equal wedges 

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 

1/2 cup chopped red onion 

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 

6 ounces crumbled blue cheese 

Black pepper to taste 

 

First, you need to cook the balsamic vinegar into a glaze. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook until reduced by half, then remove from heat and allow to cool. 

Meanwhile, place the iceberg lettuce wedge on a serving dish. Then liberally pour blue cheese dressing over top of wedge. Next, top with halved tomatoes, chopped onion, crumbled blue cheese, and crumbled bacon. 
Drizzle a little of the balsamic glaze on top of the wedge, and sprinkle with black pepper.

This salad can be a little time extensive because you have to make the salad dressing, the balsamic glaze, and cook the bacon...but recently I found the best substitute for those, so I can whip this salad up super quick! This Bleu Cheese dressing from Wild Coyote, is almost identical tasting to the homemade version and I was so excited to find this balsamic glaze already prepared!  Also, I buy the precooked bacon for a super quick finish...and it doesn't smell up my whole house!

 

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When you have three little chef helpers (and one half naked) like I do, and they want to help you cook everything, then you need to come up with some shortcuts on some recipes.  These breadsticks are made from frozen rolls...but you would NEVER guess it.  They are huge, moist, delicious and soooo EASY!
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Easy and Delicious Breadsticks {Serves 8-12}
 
Ingredients
 
24 frozen rolls
 
1/2 cup melted butter
 
2 tbsp garlic salt
 
fresh grated parmesan cheese
 
Directions
 
Let frozen rolls unthaw, then roll each one out to make it look like a snake...take two pieces and braid them together.  Let raise (about 1 hour)...brush melted butter over each one, sprinkle garlic salt and fresh grated parmesan cheese over each breadstick.  Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the tops are barely starting to brown.  Brush one more coat of melted butter on the top while still warm. Hurry and eat one before they are GONE!

Happy Eating!

 

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