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Oct022010

Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

This wedge salad is one of my favorite menu items at Outback Steakhouse. If you're okay with dairy, top this easy-to-prep salad off with blue cheese crumbles.

Because Outback Steakhouse makes the effort to accommodate diners on special diets, we give them our business. Their food and service is consistent. Like Starbucks, you know what you're going to get. When our boys dine with us (they are 3 and 4), we can get away with splitting an Outback Special GF—a 6-ounce steak accompanied by a naked sweet potato and unseasoned green beans. Ask mom what her favorite menu item is and she'd have to say the Wedge Salad. It's a simple little salad of iceberg lettuce topped with a blue cheese dressing, diced tomatoes, bacon bits, red onion and a drizzle of a sweet balsamic vinegar glaze. The menu suggests that gluten-free and dairy-free diners avoid the blue cheese dressing (both of which I can eat but my son cannot). How can a salad I adore not be enjoyed by everyone!? Using a tasty, dairy-free ranch dressing recipe from my friend Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom and a simple-to-make balsalmic glaze, you, too can have Outback at home—or close to it!

Outback Steakhouse Wedge Salad

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30
Common Allergens: Soy (trace amount in Veganaise)

Instructions:

In a small saucepan combine, bring to gentle simmer and reduce to a thick syrup:

1/2 cup BALSALMIC VINEGAR
1/8 cup raw HONEY
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT

Brown, crumble and set aside:

6-8 strips BACON (choose organic or uncured Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon or Turkey Bacon) (optional)

Prepare Heidi's Ranch Dressing (dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan).

Prepare produce and set aside:

1 TOMATO diced
1/4 RED ONION thinly sliced
1 head ICEBERG LETTUCE quartered

Assembly:

On one large plate or on four individual serving dishes, arrange and top lettuce wedges evenly with and in this order, a spoonful (or two) of ranch dressing, tomato, red onion, bacon and a drizzle of the balsamic glaze. If you tolerate dairy, a spoonful of blue cheese crumbles tops this salad off perfectly!

Reader Comments (14)

Total yum, Lexie! I need to treat myself to this at home some time. ;-) Some restaurants do a wedge for a Caesar salad and I love that, too. :-)

xo,
Shirley

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Wow! That looks great! Wedge salad was one of those things that I thought was in my past; however, this is awesome looking! I can't wait to get the ingredients and make this!
I didn't realize that Outback was a safe place to eat out at!? I am very excited to hear this :) Now we have another place to add to the very short list!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

ohhh my! this looks ridiculously yummy! A salad never looked so delicious!!!!!!

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Hi Ruthie, thanks for the thumbs up :)

-Lexie

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

I made this tonight! It was delicious and we devoured it :) I messed up a bit on the glaze though...I simmered it too long and it was SO THICK! I could barely pour it over the lettuce. Great recipe!
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Hi Kelly!! Thanks for the feedback and thumbs up. I LUUUUV this salad, too. Really appreciate your taking the time to share. Oh and you can always thin the glaze with a bit of water if it gets too thick. Should probably note in the recipe that the glaze requires close watching toward the end so that it doesn't burn. :)

-Lexie

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Thanks for sharing the recipe, this is my husband's all-time favorite salad.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElla

Ella, you are very welcome. I tell ya, I could go to Outback and be happy with just this salad and nothing else : ) I love it that much, too. xoLexie

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Can't seem to find this Sara's Ranch Dressing recipe???

February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

They use blue cheese dressing.. not ranch

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Heather, if it is blue cheese, it is a very weak blue cheese. I've studied it many times—a weak blue cheese or ranch with blue cheese sprinkles on top. Order it without the blue cheese sprinkles and tell me what you think (if you eat dairy). Plus this site is dairy-free so I create recipes that are close to the real dairy-full, gluten-full thing without being just that. Lexie

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Is the balsalmic dressing ok to make and keep in the fridge? If so how long does it last? Thanks

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

Kayla ... for sure. I would keep it for a week or so, no problem.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Hi,

I made this last night and it was delicious. However, I did something wrong with the glaze. When I drizzled it on to the wedge it become very hard and chewy. Any suggestions on how to prevent this in the future? Did I thicken it too much?

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Hi Danny, Yep ... boiled it down to long. I've done it, too! Nothing like a chewy salad. It boils down faster than we think. Glad you liked it :) xoLexie

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdanny

They do use blue cheese. I work there right now and trust me, it's incredibly different from the ranch they make. All of the dressings are homemade every morning and the blue cheese is very chunky while the ranch has a kick (since they use a small amount of Kayan pepper. You can definitely tell the difference between the two. Along side the blue cheese crumbles, also add feta crumbles for a more sweeter cheese taste. They taste great together. I experiment a lot at work. :) I bet the ranch tastes great with the reduction though. I, just obsessed with our blue cheese dressing. Haha

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOutback server

This is the best and closest recipe for the wedge...Great job.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbecca buesgen

We make the Outback wedge salad at home regularly. Outback will allow you to buy a container of the balsamic dressing. However, we don't always do this. We use Marie's Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing with crumbled blue cheese and Kraft Sweet Balsaic Dressing (It is very close to the same-and not a hassle to make).

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSher

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