Valentine's Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad

Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day is soooo “pre-kids” don’t you think? If you are staying in with a steak dinner for 2, or 3, or in our case 5, why not add this classic steakhouse side, the Wedge Salad. This isn’t just any Wedge though because it’s shaped like a heart! Who can resist a heart-shaped salad? How about a heart-shaped salad topped with heart-shaped bacon? And if that isn’t enough, lather on some Marzetti Ultimate Blue Cheese Dressing. It’s the fancy stuff in the fridge section of the grocery store and the reason we are here talking salads!

Marzetti Salad Dressing

Don’t like blue cheese and bacon? That’s ok, I still love you. Make a Caesar Salad topped with heart croutons and Marzetti Supreme Caesar dressing. The dressings are all tasty, in fact I am dipping some chopped veggies in the Classic Ranch as a midnight snack right now. Marzetti also has light versions for you resolutionists. Now back to the heart shaped (or any shaped, depending on your cutter) wedge salad. Here’s what you do…

Marzetti Salad Dressing

Pick up a head of Iceburg Lettuce. Wash it down and core it.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

With a sharp knife, slice off a 2-3″ slab of lettuce .

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Grab a large heart-shaped cookie cutter and center it on the lettuce.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Push down hard on a flat surface until you can easily pull all the extra lettuce from the outside of the cookie cutter. Optional: Dip extra lettuce in dressing and eat standing at island.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Set your pretty lettuce heart(s) aside with a spatula.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Grab a slice of cold/partially frozen bacon.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Fold it in half the long way.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Using a very sharp knife. Cut slices at a sharp angle.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Open them up and trim the tops.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

You can also make the hearts easily with sharp kitchen shears.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Lay your hearts on a microwave-safe plate over a double layer of paper towel.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Add another layer on top.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Microwave for 45-60 seconds depending on microwave wattage.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Bacon hearts! Optional: Eat the one that looks least like a heart.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut hearts out of slices of hard-boiled eggs.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Close to serving time, top your lettuce with a delicious scoop of Marzetti Dressing.

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Add your tasty eggs, bacon and a spritz of fresh ground pepper and enjoy!

Valentine's Day Recipe - Heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts

Thanks to Marzetti for sponsoring this post and inspiring our recipe with their delicious salad dressings.

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