This Classic Wedge Salad begins with a fresh slice of iceberg lettuce that’s topped with chunky blue cheese dressing along with crisp bacon, diced tomatoes, red onions, and shredded cheddar.
I think we tend to forget about wedge salad. I love making and serving salads, but rarely go for the wedge.
The funny part is that wedge salad happens to be topped with the most delicious ingredients! (One of which, is bacon. Bacon!) I think I need to start making these on the daily.
What is Wedge Salad
- Wedge salads get their name based on the wedge of iceberg lettuce that it’s served with.
- It’s topped with creamy blue cheese dressing, crisp and crunchy bacon, and sweet tomatoes.
- Additional toppings can include finely diced red onions and shredded cheddar cheese.
- It gained popularity when Steakhouses began serving it. It’s still served in many steakhouses today! (Outback, anyone?)
How to Cut and Wash the Lettuce
- Begin by slicing the head of iceberg lettuce in half, then cut each half in half.
- You’ll end up with four quarters, one quarter per salad.
- Dilute fruit/vegetable wash with water in a bowl as instructed on the bottle. Carefully lower the lettuce into the bowl and soak for a few seconds.
- Rinse the lettuce with cold water and pat gently with paper towels to dry.
What to Serve with Wedge Salad
- Roast Chicken
- French Onion Soup
- French Onion Smothered Pork Chops
- Creamy Chicken Stew
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- 1 head head iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ cup bleu cheese dressing, see notes for homemade recipe
- ½ cup crumbled bleu cheese, optional
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Cut the Lettuce: Begin by slicing the head of iceberg lettuce in half, then cut each half in half. You'll end up with four quarters, one quarter per salad.
- Clean the Lettuce: Dilute fruit/vegetable wash with water in a bowl as instructed on the bottle. Carefully lower the lettuce into the bowl and soak for a few seconds. Rinse the lettuce with cold water and pat gently with paper towels to dry.
- Assemble the Salad: Place each lettuce wedge on a plate, rounded side down. Drizzle each with blue cheese dressing and sprinkle with toppings.
- Serve immediately and enjoy! You may also chill the assembled salads in the fridge for up to 30 minutes prior to servings.
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing• 3 ⁄4 cup mayonnaise • 3 ⁄4 cup buttermilk • 1 ⁄2 cup blue cheese crumbled • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon onion powder • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon black pepper Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until well incorporated. Chill for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to serving. Yields 16 servings of salad dressing @ 2 TBS per serving.
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
- 3 ⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 ⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 1 ⁄2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 ⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 ⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until well incorporated. Chill for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to serving.
- Each serving is approximately 2 Tablespoons.
- The shelf life of this salad dressing varies, and is based on the most perishable component of what you added to it. Check the expiration dates on the ingredients you used for a better idea.
Salad Dressing Recipe Source: Genius Kitchen