Wedge Salad Crostinis

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This recipe for wedge salad crostinis came to me in a dream. Before you leave because I sound like a complete freak, let me explain.

Wedge Salad Crostini

So, you probably need a bit of back story. I’ve been watching this ridiculously sad show on ID (it’s a real channel) called Disappeared. Basically, it’s all about people who vanish without a trace. Yup, very depressing right? For some reason, I’m addicted to it even though it scares the bejesus out of me and I have horrid nightmares every night. I know, I’m not well. ANYWAY. So, two nights ago I watched two episodes after I got home from a long day at the winery. That coupled with one (read two) glasses of red wine led to the most bizarre dream I’ve ever had.

Wedge salad crostini appetziers

My husband and I were in some prehistoric place near a beach. Like, there were a ton of rocks and the restaurant we were dining in had canvas over it to shield it from the elements? I know. So, we were eating and I was just very unimpressed with the menu. So, I said out loud “This food isn’t that great. I’m not impressed.” Well, the chef heard me and was a bit irate. Can I also say that the chef looked like José Andres?

Bite size wedge salads

Well, this chef had never heard criticism before because he basically told me he was going to kill me. It was this giant production and he had planned my execution day. Well, for some reason, him and I were walking on the beach and I just decided to tell him how I felt. I told him the reason his food wasn’t that great was because it was boring. A boring wedge salad with dressing, blech. So then I gave him some advice. Change it up and get new customers. How did I suggest he change it up, you ask? By turning his beloved wedge salad into a bite size crostini.

wedge salad3

I couldn’t even make that up if I tried. That is what my brain conjured up while I was deep in my REM sleep. A murderous chef who wanted to kill me. Safe to say, my life was spared and I was awoken a few minutes later. I usually only remember like 75% of my dreams but this one was so vivid I remembered every last detail, including how I made this infamous wedge salad crostini. So, clearly, I ran to the store yesterday morning, bought the ingredients and made this before I went to work. I was 100% hesitant because, well, it was a weird a** dream. So, I took a giant bite and just DIED.

wedge salad bites

I mean, what’s not to love? It’s an amazing wedge salad on a crispy crouton! I gobbled three more down before I offered some to my husband. Honestly, these are incredible. Each bite is bursting with amazing tomato, bacon and blue cheese flavor. I’m so glad a crazed murderous chef gave me the inspiration.

You are now free to judge/leave/laugh at my expense.

Wedge Salad Crostinis

wedge salad bites

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Yields 8 crostinis. Dressing makes 1/2 cup.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • About 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • About 5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 8 slices of French bread
  • Green onion for garnish

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise 
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup ounces blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon light milk
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the French bread slices on a baking sheet and brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 6 minutes.
  2. Make the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients together (except the blue cheese) in a large bowl. Using a spatula, carefully fold the blue cheese in. Add additional milk if dressing is too thick.
  3. Heat cooking spray in a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent  about 3 – 4 minutes. Add cherry tomato halves and cook until soft. Remove from heat. 
  4. Carefully mix the tomato & onion mixture with the iceberg lettuce. Dress the salad with about 2 – 3 tablespoons of blue cheese. Save the rest of the dressing for a later use (or more crostinis). Top each slice of bread with two tablespoons of salad mixture. Then, add a few crumbles of bacon to the top and garnish with green onions.
  5. Serve immediately for the best flavors.

Nutritional information per two crostinis:

Calories: 287
Fat: 11
Carbohydrates: 37 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Protein: 9.25 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 8

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Comments

  1. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    Love these flavors...what a great snack!
  2. Posted by Rachel Cooks on
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    Oh my gosh, I want this for lunch! No scratch that, I want it NOW!
  3. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    This has to be the best way to eat a wedge salad. Don't worry - I have INSANELY weird dreams too.
  4. Posted by Kathryn on
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    This is one of my favourite blog posts of all time. I love that the idea for these came to you in a dream and that they saved your dream-life. Amazing.
  5. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    that was one freaky dream..but the idea from the dream looks very delicious. I will take these salad crostinis anytime!
  6. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    I want 50 of these in my mouth!
  7. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    Salad Inverted. I like it!
  8. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    This. Is. Hilarious. But seriously what a genius recipe to create in your dream! YUM.
  9. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    ok seriously, i could NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS ALL DAY. you have completely and utterly made me crave bacon since 7am. and i still haven't had any. and i want you to make this for me asap! haha
  10. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Monday, March 4th, 2013
    What a fun idea, these would be such a hit at a party!
  11. Monday, March 4th, 2013
    You know I love eating salad on top of bread so I love this so much!
  12. Posted by Julia @ A Cedar Spoon on
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
    This would be the perfect appetizer! Who doesn't love bacon in a salad and then thrown on a piece of bread!
  13. Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
    Can I request mine with no tomatoes and double bacon? ;)
  14. Posted by Liz on
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
    Oh, man, these crostini look marvelous! Little bites of deliciousness :)
  15. Posted by Amanda on
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    These are too cute and sound delicious!
  16. Posted by Aggie on
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
    Oh man, this sounds delicious! What a fun appy, I could eat these all day.