Olive Oil Roasted Maitake Mushrooms Create a Delightful Vegetarian Version of the Wedge Salad

It's hard to resist a good wedge salad.

The classic version with iceberg lettuce, creamy dressing, blue cheese, and bacon hits all the buttons. There are a lot of elements going on to create success with this recipe and I do believe this vegetarian version nails them all. I've substituted little gem lettuce for the iceberg and made a creamy dressing with yogurt, fresh herbs, and olive oil. The blue cheese is Bay Blue from our local Pt. Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. I buy Maitake mushrooms from the local farmer's market but Mycopia in Sebastopol, CA grows them and sells them in may local markets. They also ship! Any mushroom would be well roasted for this salad but the Maitake gets crispy like bacon and I love that. You can make the dressing ahead. It keeps well for a week in the refrigerator. If you want the mushrooms crispy, roast them at the last minute and scatter them over the salad.

Yogurt and Olive Oil Vinaigrette with Fresh Herbs

Ingredients 2 Tbsp. minced shallots Zest of 1 lemon 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 Tbsp. McEvoy Ranch Champagne Vinegar 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper ½ cup plain yogurt 1 tsp. McEvoy Ranch Wildflower Honey ¼ cup McEvoy Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, minced 2 Tbsp. fresh chives, minced Directions
  • In a small jar or a bowl, combine the shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, champagne vinegar, salt, and pepper.Let the shallots macerate in the acid for at least 5 minutes minimum to cure them and reduce their pungency.
  • Add the yogurt, honey, olive oil, dill, and chives and shake or whisk to combine.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
Dressing keeps well tightly covered in the refrigerator for one week.

Vegetarian Wedge Salad with Olive Oil Roasted Maitake Mushrooms

Ingredients 4 oz. Maitake mushrooms 2 Tbsp. McEvoy Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt 6 ea. heads of Little Gem lettuce 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half vertically 4 oz. Pt. Reyes Farmstead Bay Blue 1/2 small red onion, cut in thin slices Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Pull mushrooms into bite-size pieces. Toss with olive oil and salt and roast for 15 minutes in a preheated oven.
  • Cut lettuce in half and arrange on a plate or platter.
  • Drizzle 1/3 cup of dressing over lettuce.
  • Scatter cherry tomatoes halves around the salad.
  • Scatter onion slices around the salad.
  • Crumble blue cheese on top of the salad.
  • Top with roasted mushrooms and drizzle on a little more dressing.
Enjoy with a glass of McEvoy Ranch's Anniversary Sparkling Wine. Not every sparkler would stand up to these bold flavors but this one is complex with the yeasty aromas we associate with traditional champagne and a lovely pear flavor on the palate.