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Dishearteningly, many familiar dishes masquerade as healthy fare while being exactly the opposite. A wedge salad sounds great for you: A hunk of lettuce with some tomatoes and dressing, and maybe a bit of bacon. If it’s a salad, it must be OK, right? Wrong. Loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream, and blue cheese, the dressing alone turns an otherwise light dish into a calorie bomb. The Classic Wedge Salad from T.G.I. Friday’s, for example, packs 620 calories. We got ours down to a mere 130.
While we did cut calories, what we didn’t cut was the bold, deep flavor of the dressing. Replacing the full‐fat dairy ingredients with their lighter counterparts was a no‐brainer, but we stayed true to taste by substituting the traditional mild blue cheese for a pungent Roquefort or Stilton. Our lightened dressing is far better for you than the original, and, we’d argue, more satisfying to your palate as well.
Check out our revamped recipe, and try your hand at a hearty salad that won’t derail your day.