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Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini

 

One of the best things about being a food blogger is connecting with some of the most amazing people that share a common love for food. So just like in real life, when there is an occasion to be celebrated, they all love to celebrate with food!

Just because we are not able to all meet and do this in person (wouldn’t that be a blast?!),  an incredible group of friends have come together to throw a virtual baby shower to honor our sweet friend, Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen.

I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Aggie over the last several years as we have traveled several time together as part of the Bush’s Beans Family.   Aggie has always provided support, friendship, laughter and love to all of us, now, it is our turn to shower her with some love!

Aggie and Larry are  expecting a sweet baby boy in the next couple of weeks – their 3rd kiddo! I know they are over the moon excited!  I wish we could all be there to pat her belly and “oohh and ahh” over tiny little baby clothes, but hopefully Aggie will feel our hugs and love through our computers and words.   There are some pretty amazing recipes being shared today, I hope that you’ll visit the other shower participants to see what everyone is cooking up to welcome this little bundle into the world!

 Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini | Appetizer recipe at TidyMom.net

Most of the time, I would bring some ooey gooey sugary goodness to a shower, but I know how important eating healthy, and fresh produce is to Aggie, so my first thought was salad………….but how about if I made that salad finger food?  That would make it more fun right?  Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini

If you’re not familiar with crostini, it’s basically Italian for “little toast”.  Perfect again, since Aggie is Italian!  It’s an Italian appetizer consisting of slices of crunchy toasted French or Italian bread with any variety of toppings.

I thought about how much I love homemade croutons in my salad, so why not serve a salad on a big crouton?  and what’s more simple than a blue cheese wedge salad?

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini | Appetizer recipe at TidyMom.net

Start by slicing a French baguette into 1/2 inch pieces.  Brush with olive oil and season with garlic salt.  If you have garlic infused olive oil, that would work wonderfully as well.   Arrange on a cooking sheet and place in 350° oven to toast, about 8-12 minutes.

chopping iceberg lettuce at TidyMom.net

Meanwhile, chop about 2 cups of iceberg lettuce, and quarter a handful of cherry tomatoes.  You could also cook a few slices of bacon, but I like to make things easy, so I used the pre-cooked bacon.

Toss it all in a bowl along with some crumbled blue cheese.  After the crostinis have cooled, dress the salad with just a tablespoon of blue cheese dressing.  Again, I wanted quick and simple, so I used bottled, but if you’d like to make your own, Heidi has a wonderful recipe for Blue Cheese Salad Dressing.

Top each crostini with the salad and garnish with a little green onion, if you like, and a bit of cracked black pepper.

There you have it.  A delicious appetizer in about 20 minutes or less.  Or, if you’re like me, these make a great little lunch! (scroll all the way to the end of this post for the full recipe)

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini | Appetizer recipe at TidyMom.net

Congratulations and best wishes to Aggie and her family!

If you’d like to extend your congratulations to Aggie, you can find her on Twitter and check out her Facebook page!

Be sure to take some time to mingle with all of the wonderful bloggers who are participating in this virtual baby shower… You won’t want to miss their fantastic recipes.

Appetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom


Drinks
Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats


Salads
Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace


Entrees
Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy


Desserts
Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini | Appetizer recipe at TidyMom.net

 

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 12 crostinis

Serving Size: 2 crostinis

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini

Serve salad on crostini for the perfect party appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 12 slices of French baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese dressing
  • 3 green onion, chopped for garnish
  • cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Place baguette slices on baking sheet and brush with olive oil and season lightly with garlic salt. Bake until lightly toasted, 8-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet.
  2. Meanwhile, toss lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese in a small bowl, then dress with blue cheese dressing.
  3. Top each slice of crostini with salad mixture, garnish with green onion and cracked black pepper.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

I used pre-cooked bacon and store bought salad dressing to make this a super quick appetizer.

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Comments

  1. 10

    This appi is genius! Love everything about it! Great party food ;)

  2. 11

    What a brillant idea–salad crostini??!?! I know Aggie will love these!

  3. 12

    These turned out so great! The perfect way to turn a classic salad into finger food. Love it!

  4. 13

    What a fantastic app/party snack! These look fabulous!

  5. 14

    These are so my thing!! I could eat them all! Perfect baby show app!

  6. 15

    What a great little toast, love the blue cheese! Delish!

  7. 16

    what an amazing idea! i love this. so fun to serve too!

  8. 17

    I love that you adapted this salad for crostini! So many of my favorite flavors — and so cute!! :)

    Happy shower to Aggie!

  9. 18

    Cheryl, what a great idea!! I love this appetizer so much…I can never say no to a wedge salad! Thanks so much!!

  10. 19

    I love this recipe – it’s perfect for a baby shower…or a delicious bite any day of the week!

  11. 20
    Natalie Wilson says:

    YUM! I just love all of your recipes!!

  12. 21

    I cannot tell you how much I love the idea of putting this classic salad on to a crostini. So brilliant, fresh and delicious. And I agree that it would be so much fun to have this shower in person. Getting to know other bloggers is one of my favorite things about blogging.

  13. 22

    Love these!! Fantastic appetizer!

  14. 23

    These look so great, Cheryl! I would really love to have this right in front of me!

  15. 24

    Wow, Cheryl – these look amazing! Pinning!
    xo

  16. 25
    Stephanie says:

    If you were to bring this to a party, would you bake crostini and add salad when you get to destination? Thanks!! These looks delicious!!!!

    • 26

      You could do it all there or you could bake the crostini, and have the salad all mixed but not dressed. When you arrive, dress the salad and top the crostini to serve ;)

  17. 27

    What a fun way to celebrate for Aggie!

  18. 28

    Ok I can’t handle this – why aren’t we celebrating in person?? I would be stalking the platter with these tasty crostinis!!! Thanks so much for participating Cheryl!!

  19. 29

    Oh, Cheryl, I love these. Looks fabulous, summery, and Aggie would LOVE these. Wish we could all be together IRL! :)

  20. 30

    I love crostini, and this is such a creative topping!

  21. 31

    Wedge salads are always such a hit. What a fantastic idea to put all of those flavors together on crostini!

    Aggie is truly such an amazing person, and she absolutely deserves all of the love being showered on her and her little guy today.

  22. 32

    Yummy crostini to celebrate beautiful Aggie :)

  23. 33

    These are so cute! I am going to make these for my birthday party! Thanks for sharing

  24. 34

    This is so brilliant! I will be having this for lunch asap! So perfect for Aggie’s Shower!

  25. 35

    What a fabulous idea for a crostini! Such a perfect party food! Pinning!

  26. 36

    Oh Cheryl, thank you so much for being part of my sweet surprise!! You know me well, I love everything about this – salad and bread!! :) Wish we could enjoy this in person, I miss you!! xo

  27. 37

    I can’t even believe how delicious these look! I think I’m going to have to make these for my sister’s bridal shower next week. Yummy!

  28. 38

    Oh heavens. These look perfect. Love that you make the salad bite sized!

  29. 39

    I love that you turned salad into an appetizer! These sound amazing, and I could go for a few.

  30. 40

    I’m going to be dreaming about these until I make them. I am already craving them.

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