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Classic Wedge Salad Recipe

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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Lettuce wedge topped with dressing and toppings on a plate.

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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 Ranch dressing is so satisfying. It’s like a classic salad but made 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.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce – You’ll need whole iceberg lettuce, best if it is cold
  • 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 blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing (see below for more options)
Ingredients for wedge salad in ramekins on a platter.

How to Make Wedge Salad

This salad can be ready in no time, with just 15 minutes you can have this recipe!

  1. Cook the bacon and eggs, and allow to cool.
  2. Cut lettuce – slice the iceberg into 4 equal parts or wedges. Gently rinse and pat dry the quarters to remove any hidden dirt.
  3. Assemble – Add each quarter of lettuce (wedge) onto a plate and top with salad dressing, then add toppings.
  4. Serve – add freshly cracked black pepper and blue cheese crumbles and enjoy.
Collage for cutting lettuce into wedges.

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-ins:

Wedge Salad on a plate with toppings and dressing.

Pro Tip: 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.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I add protein?

Bacon and egg add great protein to the salad, but you can also add chicken, steak, and even shrimp. Cut them into bite-sized pieces and add when serving.

Can I make the salad in advance?

Yes, you totally can make up to one day in advance. Cut all the toppings and keep them stored separately, then assemble the salad before serving.

Will blue cheese dressing work?

You can totally substitute blue cheese dressing for ranch and leave out the blue cheese crumbles or add them in for extra texture and flavor.

Will romaine lettuce work?

Yes, you can just half the romaine lengthwise or a larger head of romaine into quarters and assemble it the same way with great results.

Classic wedge salad served with dressing and toppings on a plate

Serve with

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:

Iceberg Wedge Salad

5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Wedge salad with iceberg lettuce with dressing and toppings

This easy Wedge Salad Recipe makes for the perfect side dish or lunch. Crisp iceberg lettuce topped with salad dressing, tomatoes, croutons, crispy bacon, eggs, and crumbled blue cheese.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$14
Keyword: wedge salad
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
Calories: 421
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing, or added to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, or added to taste

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Repeat with the remaining wedges and the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Iceberg Wedge Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 873mg38%
Potassium 415mg12%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1080IU22%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Diane
    May 14, 2022

    We have had wedge salad with medium size shrimp with a medium drizzle of cocktail sauce. Add whatever extras you want.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 14, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Connie
    May 12, 2022

    Love this salad! I was out of the blue cheese and the ranch dressing so I substituted feta and 1000 Island dressing. So good!!! Thanks for submitting this Natasha as it made for a wonderful meal that was not only enjoyed by us but our guest!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2022

      You’re welcome! Great to hear that you liked the recipe, Connie.

      Reply

  • Mary
    May 12, 2022

    How do you wash the iceberg lettuce to make sure no bugs or bird deposits are not between the leaves?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 12, 2022

      Hi Mary, Cut lettuce – slice the iceberg into 4 equal parts or wedges. Gently rinse and pat dry the quarters to remove any hidden dirt.

      Reply

  • Joanne
    May 10, 2022

    I have been craving a salad for alight lunch. This is it. Very easy to make. You hooked me with the blue cheese. It was delicious. With the presentation family can have the dressing of choice. Love your recipes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 10, 2022

      Hi Joanne! Thank you for such a wonderful review. So glad you enjoy my recipes.

      Reply

  • Eden
    May 10, 2022

    This wedge salad is one of my favorites! I love having it with a steak or burger, it’s really so good. We love it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me, Eden!

      Reply

  • Rory Tynor
    May 10, 2022

    Nothing beats a classic wedge salad! Great recipe, thank you.

    Reply

  • Chris Allen
    May 10, 2022

    A balsamic reduction is awesome on a wedge salad. The Outback had a delicious wedge salad but they don’t anymore.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Chris!

      Reply

  • Erin
    May 10, 2022

    This was so quick and easy! Thanks so much for the recipe. Will make this salad again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Erin!

      Reply

  • Marsha Spears
    May 10, 2022

    absolutely delicious! One question though, I had a wedge salad at a steak house and it had an additional tangy drizzle on it. So good! Could that have been balsamic glaze?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      Hi Marsha! I can’t say for certain without trying it or being there, but that may be it! I recommend looking up the restaurant menu to see if they name the dressing.

      Reply

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