A Easy, Healthier Snack or Appetizer on Game Day: Wedge Salad Skewers with Homemade Ranch Dressing
What is it that makes wedge salad skewers so unbelievably good? Is it the fresh crunchy lettuce chunks, savory crispy bacon, the juicy red tomatoes or the creamy tangy homemade ranch dressing? Never mind I just answered my own question! Wedge salads are a classic and easily one of my go to salads. They are so simple containing only 3 main ingredients, yet so satisfying. These little guys will make for a great addition to any spread whether it is game day, a dinner at home or a gathering elsewhere. They are so fun, cute and easy to eat!
These wedge salad skewers are a convenient way to enjoy a blend of some really great flavors. It is a portable and easy grab and go item. They are so light and refreshing, they make a great addition to any spread to balance out any heavier items that they could potentially be accompanied by.
I highly recommend making the skewers and the ranch dressing ahead of time to give them time to cool in the fridge before serving. Plus, that gives you one less thing to do before the big game!
One thing I wanted to note about my wedge salad skewers is that they are a little different because I opted to use goat cheese crumbles instead of bleu cheese. People either really love bleu cheese and cant get enough or they dislike it to their core. The traditional wedge salad is served with bleu cheese, but my family and I fall into the category of disliking it. I decided to go with the goat cheese because it is a flavorful creamy cheese that would pair well with the creamy ranch dressing. The flavor is not too potent and it has a similar texture. But, if you are reading this and you are one of those people who love Bleu cheese and cant get enough, you can absolutely substitute!
You know how you plan your Christmas dinners well in advance? Well call me crazy, but I treat football days the same! I love it all! I love menu planing, the fall weather, getting together with family and friends and cheering on our favorite teams all while indulging in a great spread in my pjs or game day gear.
This recipe is a little more special than the others not only because of my love for wedge salad skewers and ranch combined, but because my Husband and I went to the farm and hand picked each of the little tomatoes off the vine ourselves. So, these skewers really are made with love and it was such a fun activity for us to do! I highly recommend doing something like that if you have a U-pick farm in your area.
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Serves 4 and Makes about 10 skewers, INGREDIENTS: For the Wedge Salad Skewers
2 12 oz. packs of bacon, cooked
1/2 - 3/4 head of lettuce, chopped in thick chunks
20 grape tomatoes
2-4 TBSP goat cheese, sprinkled + more to taste
Homemade ranch dressing (recipe to follow)
Makes about 3/4 - 1 Cup, INGREDIENTS: For the Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt with 5% milkfat
1/2 TBSP minced garlic
1/4 TSP dried dill weed
1 TBSP fresh chives, finely chopped
1/2 TSP black pepper
1 and 1/2 TSP lemon juice
1/2 TSP Worcestershire sauce + a dash
1/2 TBSP dried parsley
1/2 TSP salt
1 TSP ranch seasoning (optional, but recommended. I used TASTY brand by McCormick. I found this at Jewel)
In a bowl, add all ingredients for the ranch dressing and whisk together until smooth. Place in your serving vessel of choice and place in the fridge to cool.
Place a pan over medium to low heat and add your bacon. Cook on both sides about 5-6 minutes or until crispy but not burnt.
As bacon gets done being cooked, place it on a plate lined with a paper towels to soak up some of the grease.
Wash your grape tomatoes and set aside.
Chop your lettuce into thick chunks. I only chopped as needed (NOTE: I chopped as I made each skewer, however you can chop a bunch ahead of time if you would like. It just made it easier to keep all shapes and sizes the same.)
One skewer at a time, first skewer on a chunk of lettuce, then a tomato, followed by three pieces of bacon. Repeat. There should be 2 lettuce chunks, 2 tomatoes and 6 pieces of bacon per skewer.
Place each finished skewer on your serving plate of choice. Sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles and serve with extra goat cheese on the side.
Make as many as needed and serve with homemade ranch dressing on the side. You can drizzle over skewers or dip and dunk.
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