This easy Wedge Salad Recipe makes for the perfect side dish or lunch. Crisp iceberg lettuce topped with salad dressing, tomatoes, croutons, bacon, eggs, and crumbled blue cheese.
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This salad is such an easy recipe yet packed with so many flavors. The cold iceberg lettuce combined with the toppings and the blue cheese dressing is so satisfying. It’s a classic salad that comes together quickly and is so appealing to serve.
What is a Wedge Salad?
It’s easy to tell the difference between a classic chopped salad and a wedge salad. A classic salad is chopped romaine tossed together with desired ingredients and then mixed in salad dressing. A wedge salad is a fancier way of serving a salad with iceberg lettuce that is quartered and then topped with dressing and ingredients and cut up as you eat it.
- Lettuce – You’ll need whole iceberg lettuce and it’s best if it is cold and crisp, straight out of the refrigerator.
- Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes halved or any chopped heirloom tomatoes will work
- Bacon – Use the Air Fryer Bacon or Oven-Baked Bacon to get perfectly crispy bacon
- Eggs – This recipe calls for chopped, boiled eggs
- Croutons – Homemade croutons or storebought will work great
- Blue Cheese – This is the classic ingredient for this salad
- Dressing – you can use either homemade blue cheese dressing or storebought. It also works well with ranch dressing if you aren’t a fan of blue cheese.
How to Make Wedge Salad
This salad can be ready in no time, with just 15 minutes you can have this recipe!
- Cook the bacon and eggs, and allow to cool.
- Cut lettuce – slice the iceberg into 4 equal parts or wedges. Gently rinse and pat dry the quarters to remove any hidden dirt.
- Assemble – Add each quarter of lettuce (wedge) onto a plate and top with salad dressing, then add toppings.
- Serve – add freshly cracked black pepper and blue cheese crumbles and enjoy.
Variations for Wedge Salad Toppings
Since iceberg lettuce and the dressing are so versatile, there are so many different toppings options that you can add to the salad. Here are some popular add-ons:
- Lettuce – You can substitute for romaine lettuce, just cut it in half lengthwise and then into quarters and assemble it the same way. Butter lettuce (a.k.a. Boston or Bib lettuce) also works well and you can cut it into halves or quarters.
- Veggies – cucumbers, mini bell peppers, banana peppers, avocado, radishes or Instant Pot Beets
- Protein – Bacon and egg add great protein to the salad, but you can also add baked chicken, steak, chopped ham, and even shrimp.
- Garnish – Chopped chives, diced jalapeno, diced red onion
- Cheese – such as parmesan, feta cheese, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, or part-skim shredded mozzarella.
- Dressing – Ranch Dressing, Creamy Caesar Dressing, Avocado Ranch, or Jalapeno Ranch
How to Eat a Wedge Salad
One of the signatures of a Wedge Salad is how cool and crisp it is, so I recommend refrigerating your salad plates for 30 minutes before serving.
To eat a wedge salad, you’ll need a knife and fork. Secure the wedge with your fork and cut off bite-sized pieces, making sure to include toppings with every bite.
Once the salad dressing is added, this salad is best eaten fresh the same day it is made. That said, you can prep all of your ingredients a day ahead and store them separately. Add the dressing and toppings when you are ready to serve.
This salad makes for a great side dish or starter and it’s definitely fitting for any dinner party. Pair this salad with one of these popular entrees:
- Surf and Turf Recipe
- Chicken Parmesan
- Spatchcock Chicken
- Bolognese Sauce Pasta
- Baked Chicken Drumsticks
- Grilled Pork Chops
Iceberg Wedge Salad
- Rinse and remove any wilted leaves from the iceberg lettuce. Cut the lettuce in half and then cut in half again, resulting in four quarters. Cut off fibrous stems. Gently rinse and pat dry the quarters to remove any hidden dirt.
- Add a wedge to a plate and drizzle the salad dressing over the lettuce and then top with the tomatoes, bacon, eggs, croutons, and crumbled blue cheese.
- Repeat with the remaining wedges and the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper.
- Veggies – cucumbers, mini bell peppers, banana peppers, avocado, radishes or beets
- Protein – chicken, steak, ham, or shrimp
- Garnish – chopped chives, jalapeno, red onion
- Cheese – parmesan, feta cheese, goat cheese, fresh mozzarella, or shredded mozzarella
- Dressing – your favorite ranch dressing or caesar dressing