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Iceberg Wedge Salad Recipe

This classic wedge salad recipe is topped with a creamy blue cheese dressing, crisp bacon and juicy tomatoes. This salad side dish seems fancy and worthy of a steakhouse restaurant, yet is simple to make plus it pairs well with any meal!

Wedge salads not only pair well with sirloin steak, but enjoy them with braised short ribs and chicken piccata, too.

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Wedge Salad

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
A classic wedge salad recipe is a deliciously simple wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce topped with a creamy tangy blue cheese dressing, sprinkled with crispy smoky bacon or your choice of garnish. A light salad rich in flavor and texture is the perfect side dish for any meal!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup blue cheese or ranch dressing (more if desired)
  • 4 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 16 cherry tomatoes (sliced in 4)

Optional: Extra blue cheese crumbles, chives, red or green onions, hard boiled egg, croutons, black pepper

    Instructions

    • Remove the stem from the iceberg lettuce and remove any wilted leaves. Then cut in half and in half again to create 4 wedges.
    • Place each wedge onto a plate. Then add 2-3 Tablespoons of dressing to the top of each wedge. Add more if desired. Then sprinkle the bacon bits over top along with the tomatoes. Add any extra toppings if desired.
    • Serve immediately.

    Notes

    Dressing: I love to make a homemade blue cheese dressing for this recipe. Ranch dressing also tastes great. 
    Extra veggies you can add in:
    • Black olives
    • Red bell pepper
    • Shredded carrot
    • Cucumber

    Nutrition

    Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Diet: Gluten Free

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    Why I Love This Recipe

    • Simple ingredients. Made with just 4 ingredients, this bleu cheese wedge salad recipe couldn’t be easier!
    • Quick. A fancy steakhouse side salad that’s ready from start to finish in just 10 minutes. It’s like a loaded baked potato but without the hassle!
    • Textures. Crisp lettuce, crunchy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy blue cheese dressing. The textures in this dish give you a little bit of everything!

    Ingredients

    Lettuce on cutting board.
    • Iceberg lettuce: The base of the salad is a crispy wedge of iceberg lettuce. There’s hardly any chopping required…just slice the head of iceberg lettuce into 4 wedges.
    • Blue cheese dressing: This dish is way too easy not to try your hand at homemade blue cheese dressing to go along with it! You could also try ranch dressing or this easy tzatziki sauce.
    • Bacon: Pieces of crispy chopped bacon are one of the best parts about a wedge salad! I recommend using fresh bacon (instead of bacon bits) for the best flavor. For an easy shortcut, learn how to cook bacon in the oven.
    • Cherry tomatoes: Fresh and juicy chopped cherry tomatoes are the finishing touch on top. Look for fragrant tomatoes with a bold red color.

    More Topping Ideas

    You can definitely get creative with what toppings you put on it, but one rule of thumb to follow is to make sure you chop your toppings up into tiny pieces. This salad, because it’s a wedge, is already chunky in nature.

    • Blue cheese crumbles
    • Chives
    • Green or red onion
    • Hard-boiled egg
    • Croutons
    • Black pepper
    • Black olives
    • Red bell pepper
    • Shredded carrot
    • Cucumber

    How to Make Wedge Salad

    Bacon and tomatoes.
    1. Prep. Before you do anything with the lettuce, make sure to peel back and discard any dirty or wilted leaves. Remove the stem and then cut the head of lettuce in half and then half again to create 4 wedges.
    2. Toppings. Plate the wedges. If you’re serving individually, you’ll want to use individual plates. You can also serve on a big platter and share at the table. Drizzle 2-3 Tablespoons of blue cheese dressing on top of each wedge, adding more if you like it drenched! Sprinkle the bacon bits and tomatoes and any extra toppings if desired.
    3. Serve. This is a salad that once prepared, you’ll want to serve immediately so it doesn’t get soggy. Enjoy all the loaded crunchy, creamy goodness.

    Expert Tips

    • How to wash lettuce for wedge salad. Run the iceberg lettuce under cold water to remove any dirt. You may need to gently separate the outer leaves slightly with your hands to let water get through.
    • Finely chop the toppings into small pieces so that they don’t fall off of the lettuce wedge. This way you’ll get the perfect amount of flavors and textures in every bite!
    • Make a homemade wedge salad dressing to elevate the flavors of your salad. Blue cheese dressing or a buttermilk ranch dressing both taste fabulous!
    • Serve immediately so that the lettuce stays nice and crispy.

    What to Serve with Iceberg Wedge Salad

    This is the perfect side salad recipe to serve with any of the below dishes.

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