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Salad Twist on Tradition

Romaine Wedge Salad with BelGioioso CreamyGorg Dressing and Garlic-Parmesan Toasts

This year, BelGioioso wanted to share some favorite traditional Italian dishes made with their award-winning artisan cheeses with the readers of culture. But they wanted to do more than that. They’ve invited bloggers to create new recipes that are a twist on the traditional five-course Italian meal. For each course, BelGioioso has provided a traditional recipe and a blogger has created a “Twist on Tradition” recipe, also using BelGioioso cheese. Today we’re happy to share Ann Baker of Dinner Is Served’s salad recipe. Keep reading for a chance to win a box of seven delicious BelGioioso cheeses!

As we’ve mentioned before, Italian dinners are spaced out affairs. They are events in and of themselves. You nibble some antipasti, you enjoy a dish of pasta, you have a meat course, and then you have a crisp, fresh salad to space the hearty meat course from the rich dessert course. I enjoy having the salad course later in the meal. Americans tend to have a salad first thing, for I agree with Italians that it makes a nice meal closer. It balances out the flavors and textures of the pasta and meat course and makes you feel like you’ve really earned your dessert. No matter when you eat your salad course, a really well-done salad is a thing of beauty. Here are two classic Italian salad recipes from BelGioioso and one twist on tradition salad recipe from Ann Baker of Dinner Is Served.


BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino Raspberry Salad

This BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino Raspberry Salad dances the line between salad and dessert. It will satisfy the most sophisticated palates as well as those of children, making it a family-friendly crowd pleaser.

BelGioioso CreamyGorg Spinach Salad

The combination of crispy bacon and creamy blue cheese is a classic. This BelGioioso CreamyGorg Spinach Salad recipe brings together those two favorite flavors and turns them into a hearty salad with sweet Vidalia onion, rich pumpernickel croutons, and tender baby spinach.

Twist on Tradition

Romaine Wedge Salad with BelGioioso CreamyGorg Dressing and Garlic-Parmesan Toasts

Romaine Wedge Salad with BelGioioso CreamyGorg Dressing and Garlic-Parmesan Toasts is as beautiful to look at as it is tasty to eat. The richness of BelGioioso’s CreamyGorg provides the perfect counterpart to the chilled romaine lettuce, bright tomatoes, and salty pancetta in an Italian twist on the iceberg wedge salad.

Win a Box of BelGioioso Cheese!

What is the most unexpectedly delicious salad you’ve ever had? Did it have dark chocolate shaved over it? Or perhaps there wasn’t a leafy green in sight? We want to know! Tell us your answer in the comments section below by Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win a fantastic giveaway of seven delicious BelGioioso cheeses and a year’s subscription to culture. You must be located in the continental US to win. Good luck!

BelGioioso Cheese

BelGioioso Cheese is a family-owned and operated company specializing in artisan Italian cheesemaking. Using fresh Wisconsin milk, Master Cheesemakers hand-craft a full line of exceptional cheeses guided by a commitment to quality and a respect for tradition. At BelGioioso, every cheese is a specialty. Their award-winning cheeses include American Grana, Mascarpone, and CreamyGorg among many others.

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Ann Baker

Ann Baker has been in the food and wine "biz" now for almost 20 years. ShI had an early sort of mid-life crisis and decided to quit a managerial position at a large downtown ad agency in pursuit of a culinary degree. Ann survived the professional certificate program at the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now a division of Cordon Bleu). The years that followed included jobs in catering, working as a personal chef, teaching, writing, restaurant and wine shop gigs, and most importantly... becoming a mom.

One thought on “Salad Twist on Tradition”

  1. Avatar Jessica says:

    I recently had one with papaya and mango. I’ve also been intrigued by grilled romaine.

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