Wedge Salad Recipe

wedge salad recipe
wedge salad recipe

The best Wedge Salad recipe with a homemade blue cheese dressing and toppings on a plate, ready to enjoy.

Whenever I’m ordering a side salad from a restaurant, I always scan the menu for a wedge salad. They’re my favorite! There’s something about the simplicity and presentation of a wedge salad that makes it feel fancy and delicious. It’s the perfect salad for impressing guests with little effort.

How to Cut a Wedge Salad:

Iceberg lettuce is used to make wedge salads because the leaves are compact and tightly layered. Here’s how you can cut a wedge salad:

  1. Grab a whole head of iceberg lettuce and cut it in half, from the top down to the stem.
  2. Cut each half again to make 4 quarters of lettuce.
  3. Rinse each quarter of lettuce and gently shake off any excess water.
  4. Place the quarters on a paper towel-lined plate or in a large bag with a paper towel to catch excess water.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. If any outer edges of the lettuce start to brown, you can simply cut them off.

Two images showing how to cut a wedge salad from iceberg lettuce.

How to Make a Wedge Salad:

Make the Blue Cheese Dressing:

  • Add all of the blue cheese dressing ingredients to a bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. The dressing can be made up to 1 week in advance.

A small white bowl with a homemade blue cheese dressing.

Cut Lettuce:

  • Cut the iceberg lettuce in half, then cut each of the halves again in half or thirds, depending on the size of the head of lettuce, to create “wedges”.

Add Toppings:

  • Place the wedges on individual plates, then spoon the dressing over the lettuce.
  • Garnish the iceberg wedge salad with bacon crumbles, chopped tomatoes, onion, and blue cheese crumbles on top.
  • Season with fresh crushed black pepper, to taste.

A wedge salad on a white plate, topped with a blue cheese dressing, bacon, onions, and tomatoes.

Additional Toppings Ideas:

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Olives
  • Beets
  • Croutons
  • Other cheese varieties: parmesan, mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, goat cheese.
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Creamy Parmesan, Caesar, or Ranch Dressing instead of Blue Cheese Dressing.
  • Protein: grilled chicken or steak.

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Q: Can I use a different type of lettuce for a wedge salad?
A: While iceberg lettuce is traditionally used for wedge salads due to its compact and tightly layered leaves, you can experiment with other lettuce varieties like romaine or butter lettuce for a different texture and flavor.

Q: Can I make the blue cheese dressing ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make the blue cheese dressing up to 1 week in advance. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

By following these simple steps, you can create a delicious and visually stunning wedge salad that will impress your guests and elevate any meal. Enjoy the culinary delight of a wedge salad and explore the endless possibilities of toppings and dressings to make it your own.

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