A wedge salad is one of the easiest salad recipes there is; nothing more than a wedge of lettuce and whatever toppings you want on top of it. You can have this any way you want it, but this classic blue cheese wedge salad is, at least in my opinion, the best.
To make the perfect dressing for this salad, why not try this Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing?
Classic Wedge Salad
A wedge salad is super simple and is one of those things that looks just as good as it tastes. While most people probably think of it as an appetizer at a restaurant, you can easily make one yourself – in fact; it is actually easier than making a regular salad, as you don't have to cut up the lettuce.
The only real difficulty is making sure that everything is clean.
Ingredients for Classic Wedge Salad
Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact amounts of ingredients. This is just an overview for you to see if you have everything you need to make this recipe.
- Iceberg lettuce
- Cooked bacon
- Green onions (or chives, if you want a milder onion flavor)
- Blue cheese
- Blue cheese dressing
How to Make A Classic Wedge Salad
Making this classic wedge salad is as simple as putting all your ingredients together on top of your lettuce wedges. However, preparing a salad this way means that you really need to be careful when cleaning and preparing your lettuce.
- Clean your lettuce of all the dirt and then cut it into 4 wedges
- Place your wedges of lettuce decoratively on the plate and top with your bacon, tomatoes, green onions, blue cheese, croutons, and then, finally, your blue cheese dressing
How to Make Sure Your Lettuce Is Clean
The only problem with a wedge salad is the tendency for the lettuce to be improperly cleaned. A normal salad has the lettuce all broken up, making it a lot easier to clean it completely. Wedge salads, however, keep the lettuce wedges intact, making it really easy for little bits of dirt and sand to remain in amongst the leaves.
To avoid having a dirty salad, make sure you clean the outside, then between the top leaves with a spray wash under the kitchen tap.
After you cut the lettuce into your 4 wedges, try and fan the leaves apart slightly while washing them vigorously, keeping them moving, and trying to get every inch of the lettuce washed in the cold water.
Make sure you pat dry your leaves very well with paper as otherwise, you are going to end up with a soggy salad.
Types of Salad Dressing
The joy of a salad is that absolutely every element of it is customizable, so if you aren’t a fan of blue cheese dressing, you can just use something else!
Ranch dressing is a great alternative, though ranch dressing tends to hit a lot of the same flavor notes as blue cheese, so don’t pick this if you are looking for something totally different.
Russian dressing is a unique taste, and nothing beats a Caesar salad dressing for a classic taste that everyone loves. If you want a lighter vinaigrette type of dressing, try Italian dressing or an Asian salad dressing.
Hope you enjoy!
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Classic Wedge Salad
- Prep Time
- 20 minutes
- Appetizer, Salad
- Karlynn Johnston
- Prepare the lettuce. Remove and outside layers that are dirty or wilted until you reach the nice inner leaves.
- Cut the lettuce in half from the stem to the top.
- Cut those halves into wedges again, resulting in 4 wedges.
- Remove the stem part at the bottom of the wedge, trying to keep the wedge as intact as you can.
- Place each of the wedges on a serving plate.
- Top with the bacon, tomatoes, green onions blue cheese crumbles, croutons and then the blue cheese dressing.
- Nutritional info depends on how much of each ingredient you use and the amount of salad dressing
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.