bacon is great on this salad; look for slab bacon and ask your butcher to cut
it into 1/2-inch-thick slices. You can also use presliced thick-cut bacon cut
crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips—just reduce the cooking time.
Serves 4 to
6 oz. slab
bacon, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide
good-quality blue cheese, such as Roquefort
buttermilk; more as needed
3 Tbs. sour
fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar
and freshly ground black pepper
thinly sliced fresh chives
iceberg lettuce (about 1-1/2 lb.), trimmed of tough or discolored outer leaves,
quartered or cut into sixths through the core, with the core intact
extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium (4
to 5 oz.) ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
charcoal or gas grill fire for direct grilling over medium heat (350°F).
water in a 10-inch skillet to just cover the bottom (about 1/4 cup) and add the
bacon in a single layer.
medium heat until the water evaporates and the bacon starts to sizzle, about 2
heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is golden
outside and tender inside, about 20 minutes.
it to be chewy rather than hard and crisp.)
slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
In a small
bowl, mash the blue cheese with a fork.
buttermilk, sour cream, and lemon juice and whisk to combine.
1 tsp. salt and several grinds of pepper.
Stir in the
iceberg on a baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, toss gently to coat
evenly, and season with salt.
iceberg on the grill cut side down and grill until nicely marked, 1-1/2 to 2
mark on the other cut sides, about 2 minutes more.
the grilled iceberg to a platter or individual plates.
generous amount of the dressing on top, then scatter with the bacon and tomato.
Serve immediately, passing any remaining dressing at the table.
information (per serving): Calories (kcal): 190, Fat (kcal): 14, Fat Calories
(g): 130, Saturated Fat (g): 5, Protein (g): 9, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7,
Carbohydrates (mg): 8, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 640,
Cholesterol (g): 25, Fiber (g): 2.