Outback Wedge Salad smothered in creamy, decadent Blue Cheese Ranch, crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, crunchy corn, creamy avocado and drizzled with sweet and tangy Balsamic Reduction. Its a flavor/texture lovers dream and crazy easy to make! This Wedge Salad pairs beautifully with any meal or makes a showstopping appetizer.
I don’t make many “copycat” recipes as I like to put my own spin on things – and this Outback Wedge Salad Copycat is not an exact replica – but it boasts the same playful, magical combination of tangy Blue Cheese Ranch and sweet Balsamic Reduction found in Outback’s Wedge Salad that both Patrick and my taste buds went crazy for – the combo is sheer brilliance. In fact, Patrick was craving this glorious symphony of flavors so urgently, we had to go back the very next week.
It’s that good.
And now this is that good. This Best Wedge Salad is light and refreshing yet satisfying at the same time. Its simple to make yet the bold contrasting flavors and textures are complicated enough to please even the toughest critic. It can be completely customized depending on your mood, pantry or by forming a salad bar. Basically, it’s salad perfection.
And did I already emphasize how easy this Wedge Salad is? So easy, in fact it’s the first recipe I made and photographed in almost three weeks after recovering from my pneumonia (see IG post HERE) because I knew it was going to be a breeze to make. (I mean, slicing lettuce 4 ways?! whisking dressing ingredients together? I love you Wedge Salad.)
I topped this Outback Wedge Salad with your traditional toppings of juicy tomatoes and crispy bacon and then added sweet raw corn (my fav- don’t be tempted to cook!), creamy avocado and punchy red onions and thought it was magnificent, but the possibilities really are endless. You could add petite peas, croutons, pecans or turn it Fall festive with dried cranberries. Just as long as you make the Blue Cheese Ranch. Because really, this best wedge salad is just a vehicle for the creamy, pungent dressing.
I want to smother everything with this Blue Cheese Ranch. Soooo creamy and flavorful with just the right amount of kick to compliment the crispy lettuce. If you are not a blue cheese fan, then you can easily start off with less blue cheese crumbles and add more to taste. I also love that you can make this Dressing in advance and store it an airtight container until ready to serve – making this Wedge Salad even easier.
And then there’s the Balsamic Reduction. It’s the sweet, bright, refreshing answer to balance the creamy richness of the dressing and meaty bacon and takes all but 5 minutes to make. SO worth it for Wedge Salad perfection.
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