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Roman Wedge Salad

Roman Wedge Salad - A Family Feast

Whenever my husband and I are lucky enough to line up a babysitter and have a date night out alone with each other, we often go to dinner and a movie.  While at dinner, one of our favorite salads to order is an iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing – also known as a Roman Wedge.

One particular restaurant on Cape Cod prepares what we think is the absolute best version of this salad – a wonderful Italian restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts called Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar.  In addition to their huge food portions, reasonable prices, great service, fun atmosphere, and the convenience of a movie theater right next door (a perfect date night!) – their Roman Wedge is perfectly prepared and the inspiration behind this recipe.

Roman Wedge Salad - A Family Feast

What makes this salad so good are just simple, quality ingredients: A chilled wedge of fresh iceberg lettuce topped with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing, ripe tomato slices, plus a sprinkle of crispy pancetta.  Nothing overly fancy – just the perfect combination of flavors – and we hope you like it as much as we do!

Roman Wedge Salad
 
Serves: 3-4 servings
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Ingredients
  • ¼ pound pancetta
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ large head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups blue cheese dressing
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Unroll the piece of pancetta and chop into small pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan until hot. Add pancetta and cook over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels and discard the fat.
  3. Cut the iceberg half into three or four wedges (depending on the size of your head of lettuce) and arrange on salad plates. Arrange tomatoes slices around each wedge.
  4. Pour blue cheese dressing over wedges and sprinkle the crispy pancetta over the top along with crumbled blue cheese. Serve immediately.

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