So you’ve found yourself tangled up in a web at the corner of “I’m running way behind” and “I’m too busy to be this busy” again. Yup, I’ve definitely been there a time or two (or, you know, a thousand.) You’re finally able to take a breath and break free when you realize that all of your busyness has totally stomped all over your meal plan for the week. Oops!
So, yeah. It definitely looks like it’s going to be a frozen pizza night once again! Pizza is something that I always keep in my freezer for reasons just like this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been saved by their frozen cheesy goodness on the busiest of nights! But once I sit down and watch my family scarf down their food that I barely lifted a finger to prepare, a little bit of guilt starts to creep in.
I wanted to serve something fresh to my family, but I just didn’t have time! Besides, what in the world would I even serve to go with a pizza? I feel you. That’s why I pull out this little gem of a recipe when pizza is being served!
Salad is always a great side dish to pair with a pizza. I’m sure you’ve noticed that most pizza joints have side salads on their menus or on their dine-in bars. In fact, I worked at a pizza place when I was in college and we sold salads like hot cakes! But when your entire family has been rushing around all day, you fear that the kids may throw some serious shade on your attempt to toss a decent salad and just want to pig out on pizza instead. Besides, they don’t want to have to break out a fork to enjoy their meal! Pizza is meant to be enjoyed with your hands, right? Why bend the rules to eat a salad?
Because the best salads aren’t eaten with a fork…they’re eaten on a stick! And pour a little bit of homemade blue cheese dressing on it? Have mercy!
Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad Skewers are a SUPER simple dish to put together in a matter of minutes. Not only are they quick and easy, but they’re healthy and totally customizable to your family’s liking! You can even prepare these ahead of time and keep them sealed in the fridge for a couple of days. We kept the ingredients super simple, but you can pile on as many ingredients as you’d like!
- 6-8 pieces of bacon, cooked but not crispy
- Iceberg lettuce - cut into small wedges
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Blue Cheese Chunks
- Bamboo or metal skewers
- Blue Cheese Dressing (See note for recipe below)
- Chop salad into small wedges and slide pieces onto skewers
- Do the same with bacon and cherry tomatoes
- Add blue cheese chunks as desired or top with homemade blue cheese dressing
- Feel free to dress this recipe up with your favorite salad toppings!
- Store leftovers in a sealed container in refrigerator for no more than 2-3 days. Discard when salad starts to wilt or turn brown.
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 4oz container of crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup sour cream
4 tsp white wine vinegar-*NOT white distilled
dash of salt and pepper
Combine buttermilk and blue cheese crumbles. Mash well with a fork to break up cheese crumbles. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Pour contents into a sealed jar or container and let sit for roughly 4 hours to ensure all of the flavors meld together. Serve with salad, fresh veggies, pizza etc.
I even made a few bite size salad skewers (AWESOME for kids) that were perfect for dipping right in to the blue cheese dressing. Mmmm! If you take a stab at making the homemade dressing, here’s a cute little printable to go on your container! I recommend storing it in an airtight mason jar and using within 2 or so weeks.
I no longer allow busyness to get in the way of serving my family something truly great. When pizza night comes around, you can bet I’m serving the very best! Freschetta® Pizza is definitely my go-to frozen pizza to pick up, and Publix is the place to buy it!
In fact, Freschetta® Artisan Crusts just hit the shelves at most Publix stores. They have 3 whole grains packed right into the crust alone, so it’s certainly a great choice to pair with the bacon & blue cheese salad skewers to make for a wholesome meal! The artisan crusts haven’t made it to my store just yet, but you can bet that I’ll be the first in line when they do! I chose the supreme pizza with naturally rising crust for this meal, but their brick oven variety also made it’s way into my shopping cart. I just love having so many options!
So if you ever find yourself up the creek when it comes to putting something great on the dinner table for your family in minimal time, or if you know that it’s a challenge to get your kids to eat a few leafy greens, throw a Freschetta® Pizza in the oven and start stacking your favorite salad ingredients on a skewer! They take just minutes to make and they’re sure to be a hit with everyone in the family. And again, no fork is required! So roll up your sleeves and dig on it!
Do you ever find yourself in a bind when it comes to putting fresh ingredients on the table during busy nights? What are some fun ingredients that you would include on your salad skewers? Leave a comment below and let’s chat about your ideas!