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The Healthier Wedge Salad

I'm always looking for a way to make classic recipes a bit lighter and healthier. Radicchio and romaine stand in for iceberg for extra flavor in this salad - and to give it even more depth, I grill the radicchio to give it a bit of a char and smokey flavor.

To make it a bit healthier, I used smoked almonds instead of bacon - this way, you get that same savory flavor in this play on a wedge salad. The tangy yogurt-buttermilk dressing gets robust flavor from an array of some of my favorite spices. To me, it's just not a wedge salad without gorgonzola, so I didn't sacrifice the cheese!

In this instance, I think "Healthier Wedge Salad" equates to "Tastier Wedge Salad"!

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The Healthier Wedge Salad

Servings

4

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

    For The Dressing:

  • ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • For The Salad:

  • 1 head radicchio
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 small heads romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup smoked almonds (chopped)
  • ⅓ cup crumbled Gorgonzola dolce

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and dill. Allow to sit for 1 hour in the refrigerator to let the flavors mingle. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cut the radicchio into 6 wedges and drizzle with the olive oil and salt. Place the wedges on the grill and cook for 2 minutes per side or until slightly browned and wilted. Place the wedges on a platter.
  3. Meanwhile, quarter the romaine and nestle it in between the wedges of radicchio. Dollop the dressing around the platter and scatter the smoked almonds and Gorgonzola over the top.
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