Easy Healthy Wedge Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

WW Recipe of the Day: Easy Healthy Wedge Salad with Balsamic Drizzle
(120 calories | 3 3 3 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)

The all-too-often overlooked iceberg lettuce make a spectacular wedge salad. It’s so simple yet very satisfying. The balsamic glaze is what sets this recipe apart and makes it so impressive.

I like to serve wedge salads at casual dinner parties. I just put out several toppings and then let everyone make it their way.

This recipe calls for basic tomato, bacon and green onion, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative. Add just a little bit of diced date for an extra hint of sweetness.

Chopped red and yellow peppers, radishes, shredded carrot, or fresh herbs also work well.

Iceberg lettuce wedge salad topped with creamy blue cheese, tomatoes, green onions, bacon bits and balsamic glaze

Wedge Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Balsamic Drizzle

If you’re not a blue cheese dressing fan feel free to substitute low-calorie ranch.

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Balsamic Wedge Salad?

According to my calculations, each serving has 120 calories and:

3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Compare this to wedge salad served at Outback Steakhouse, which weighs in with a hefty 530 calories and 43 grams of fat. (An independent analysis conducted by Tufts University had it with 1035 calories.) Either way, make it yourself at home and save tons of calories along with your hard earned cash.

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How to Make This Skinny Wedge Salad

Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.

Chopped tomatoes, sliced green onion, chopped turkey bacon, balsamic glaze on orange cutting mat.

Chopped tomatoes, turkey bacon, green onions and balsamic glaze

Step 2: If making your own balsamic glaze, combine the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 4-6 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. Remove from heat to cool. (Alternatively use store-bought balsamic glaze.)

Step 3: Cut the lettuce into quarters lengthwise. Remove the core and a small amount of lettuce from each wedge, so you have a slight well. Pour 3 tablespoons of low-fat blue cheese dressing over each wedge.

Pouring blue cheese dressing over wedge of iceberg lettuce.

Pouring blue cheese dressing over lettuce wedge

Step 4: Top each with a 1/4 cup of tomatoes. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons bacon bits and some green onion on each.

Iceberg lettuce wedge drizzled with blue cheese dressing, topped with chopped tomatoes, bacon bits and green onion

Wedge topped with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, bacon bits and green onion

Step 5: Slowly drizzle 2 teaspoons of the balsamic glaze back and forth across the salad.

Iceberg wedge topped with tomatoes, green onion, bacon bits, creamy blue cheese and balsamic glaze.

Balsamic Wedge Salad

Recipe Notes

  • Make your own low-fat blue cheese dressing.
  • Use store-bought balsamic glaze in place of making your own.
  • If the glaze is too thick, re-warm or add a small amount of water.
  • Use baby romaine hearts in place of iceberg lettuce.

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Easy Healthy Wedge Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

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This low-calorie wedge salad recipe inspired by the version at Outback Steakhouse transforms simple iceberg lettuce into an impressive salad. Save both calories and money by trying this one at home tonight.
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword balsamic wedge salad, Iceberg wedge salad
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (Alternatively use store-bought balsamic glaze.)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 3/4 cup low-fat blue cheese dressing (or any reduced calorie store brand)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  • 8 teaspoons turkey bacon bits

Instructions

  • Combine the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat for 4-6 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. Remove from heat to cool.
  • Cut the lettuce into quarters lengthwise. Remove the core and a small amount of lettuce from each wedge, so you have a slight well.
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of low-fat blue cheese dressing over each wedge. Top each with a 1/4 cup of tomatoes. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons bacon bits and some green onion on each.
  • Slowly drizzle 2 teaspoons of the balsamic glaze back and forth across the salad.

Notes

Make your own low-fat blue cheese dressing.

Use store-bought balsamic glaze in place of making your own.

If the glaze is too thick, re-warm or add a small amount of water.

Use baby romaine hearts in place of iceberg lettuce.

Serving size: 1 wedge salad

3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)

3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)

3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)

3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedge salad | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g

Recipe source: Eat What You Love: Restaurant Favorites by Marlene Koch

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Brenda GarrisonBrenda is a licensed esthetician and former small business owner after completing over 15 years of service with the United States military.

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