It’s no secret blue cheese is a huge weakness of mine. Throw it on a wedge salad and you can almost be certain I will way over pay for it at any restaurant. While pregnant I know that soft unpasteurized cheeses are supposed to be on the “no no” list, but I’m already giving up so much (beer, whiskey, sushi, CHAMPAGNE) so I went on a mission to find a blue cheese that was clearly labeled pasteurized, harder than I thought it would be, to make myself feel better about indulging in it. I did a little research before heading to HEB, and created a list of a few blue cheeses that listed pasteurized milk in the ingredients. Of course when I got to the store none of the cheeses on my list were to be found. After searching 10 or more, I finally came across one that listed pasteurized milk!!
When I returned home from the store I knew exactly what I was going to make, a wedge salad! I prepped mini wedge salads with toothpicked cherry tomatoes, cooked up some nitrate free bacon ( nitrates are another concern of mine) and made my homemade “healthy” buttermilk dressing. I had everything ready to take to a friends house for a BBQ. To my extreme disappointment I left the star of the show, my pasteurized blue cheese, at home. I was heart broken. Long story short I obviously had to recreate the salad ASAP, and here it is! This time I did not have iceberg lettuce, so I had to use romain… No worries it was still fabulous! We even had huge tomatoes fresh from the farmers market on hand to make my salad that much better.
“Heathy” Buttermilk Dressing:
1/3 c Greek yogurt
1/3 c buttermilk – I used 2%
3 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp chopped chives- dried will work too
Place all ingredients in a mason jar and shake until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve
Iceberg lettuce – or in this case romain
Nitrate free bacon- cooked and chopped (we just discovered a brand called Pederson’s Natural Farms, that is also sugar free, thanks to my sister!)
Crumbled blue cheese
Slice your head of lettuce into wedges of your desired size and then add your toppings. I like to add tomatoes first, then the buttermilk dressing, followed by tons of crumbled blue cheese and bacon. It is heaven on a plate!
I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do. If you are pregnant too, maybe you will feel a little bit better about eating it with the pasteurized blue cheese and nitrate free bacon!