Paired with a Pale Ale
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I don’t know about you guys, but I am totally ready for summer. Last week Zach and I were in Montreal and the weather was just gorgeous the entire time. We return to Colorado and the clouds start rolling in! Ugh. NOT a fan. All I can think about is blue skies, a constant need for sunglasses and grilling the most delicious foods! This is why it brightens my day to be able to share this classic wedge salad with warm honey fig blue cheese. It’s a little bit of sunshine on an otherwise icky, gruesome day.
It should come as no surprise that I love to grill (and eat) outdoors. I mean that’s what summer is all about, right?! While grilled foods are number one when it comes to outdoor eating and picnics, the side dishes are a close second. This is where this classic wedge salad comes into play. It seriously is the perfect side dish. Iceberg wedges are topped with fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon and sliced sirloin. Pretty traditional (less the steak of course), right? What sends this classic wedge salad over the edge is the homemade blue cheese dressing. You guys, it’s amazing. A traditional blue cheese dressing recipe is combined with sweet raw honey and finely chopped figs. Does it get any better? I’m thinking no. ;)
As I basically become obsessed with blue cheese in the summertime, Castello has become my new go-to brand for blue cheese. The tangy characteristics are balanced with delicious sweet and salty flavors that are ideal to top a grilled burger or to transform into the perfect dressing to pour on top of this classic wedge salad. From crumbled, soft, and spreadable, to a sliced blue cheese perfect for melting with floral notes, Castello has a wide range of unique blue cheeses. Check out Castello’s website for more information on their cheeses.
Recipe for this classic wedge salad with warm honey fig blue cheese is below! Pair it with a pale ale and have a wonderful day everyone! xo
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 ounces Castello Crumbled Blue Cheese
- 4 dry Mission figs, finely chopped
- 8 ounce petite sirloin steak
- salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 large head of iceberg lettuce, cut into 4 equal-sized wedges
- 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
- 2 ounces Castello Crumbled Blue Cheese
- 5 dry Mission figs, sliced
- fresh parsley (for garnish)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, whole milk, honey, white wine vinegar and black pepper until smooth and creamy. Fold in the blue cheese and chopped figs. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
- Season your steak generously with salt and black pepper. Preheat a large griddle pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and melt. Once melted add the steak and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side (for medium rare). Remove from heat and set aside to rest. Once rested, slice the steak against the grain in long, thin strips. Set aside.
- Assemble your salads by layering sliced sirloin, cherry tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese and figs on 4 iceberg salad wedges. Drizzle with the warm honey fig blue cheese dressing and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Enjoy Immediately!