Normally I don't take this space to rant. I don't feel normal today.
I've about had it with a trend that has been sweeping the country for the last year or two and I simply must address this before more people throw their hard earned cash at what really is worth nothing more a dollar. My beef? The Wedge Salad. I did not realize how prevalent the hype about this phenomenon was until watching "Modern Family" (I DVR it so I am a week off episode order) the other day. A knock down, drag out fight took place between a married couple all because of the Wedge Salad.
You've probably seen it on the menu of your favorite restaurant, priced between $8 and $10. But, do you know what a Wedge Salad really is?
My sister invented the Wedge Salad back in the 70's. It's true. In a fit of famished creativity, on a day when our snack foods had been depleted, my sister, too hungry to make a traditional salad, just cut a head of lettuce in quarters, poured dressing on the cut edge and let it seep into the crevices. Then, she stood over the sink and ate the entire salad without dirtying a plate or cutlery. Genius.
We called it a Bachelor Salad, but it became a very real part of our food reptoire. A true WS consists of a head of lettuce cut into quarters. You can get 4 salads out of a head of lettuce. Cover one of the wedges with dressing. In my sister's case, it was my mom's homemade Thousand Island dressing, which is to die for and I would have to kill you if I gave you the recipe. A true WS is not something consumed at the table, on a plate with a knife and fork, a true Wedge is always eaten over the sink. THAT is a true Wedge Salad. This bastardized version is a disgrace to the meaning of the original.
I'm not sure who claims to have originated the restaurant version that has become so popular, but they are making a killing. Figure four WS from one head of lettuce, a smattering of bulk dressing, some cheese and bacon to stick and your talking ten bucks for a dollar salad and they are calling it gourmet. And so many people are lining up to pay for it.
So next time you sit in a restaurant and ponder the Wedge, remember, you can make it at home in about 2 seconds and save yourself the money. If you really want to spend that money, send it to me - I'll find something better to do with it.
Rant over, go back to your lives.