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.

Pair the salad with Pan-Seared Steak or our best Chicken Breast Recipes for a complete dinner. 

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 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.

Ingredients

  • 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.
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!

  • 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.
Step by step how to cut iceberg lettuce into wedges for wedge salad

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.
  • DressingRanch Dressing, Creamy Caesar Dressing, Avocado Ranch, or Jalapeno Ranch
Wedge Salad serving suggestion with toppings

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.

Make-Ahead Tips

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.

Closer up wedge of iceberg 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:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Iceberg Wedge Salad

5 from 21 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Wedge salad with dressing and toppings served on a white plate
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 servings
  • 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 blue cheese dressing, or Ranch Dressing, added to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, or added to taste

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

More Topping Ideas:
  • 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

Nutrition Per Serving

223kcal Calories14g Carbs13g Protein13g Fat5g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat4g Monounsaturated Fat0.01g Trans Fat108mg Cholesterol908mg Sodium380mg Potassium2g Fiber6g Sugar1059IU Vitamin A12mg Vitamin C148mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Iceberg Wedge Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
223
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
108
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
908
mg
39
%
Potassium
 
380
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
1059
IU
21
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
148
mg
15
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: wedge salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 223

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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  • Beth
    February 14, 2024

    OMG! Delicious! Love this wedge salad. Question, recently I had a wedge salad with a homemade green goddess dressing and it was very tasty. Do you have a recipe for green goddess dressing?

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  • Sara R
    February 14, 2024

    Nothing beats a classic wedge! I am now making this weekly- I love it so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2024

      Great to hear that this is going to be your new go-to recipe!

      Reply

  • Sharina
    February 14, 2024

    I can’t get enough of this classic wedge salad recipe! It’s delicious and filling! Love having this for lunch!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 14, 2024

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Sharina!

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    February 13, 2024

    This is one of my go-to’s for lunch!! It’s quick & easy & tastes so good!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 14, 2024

      So yummy! I love how simple this is to put together.

      Reply

  • Theresa
    February 13, 2024

    Best way to prep this salad is to cut the iceberg in half and soak in an ice cube bath for at least a half hour prior to serving. Strain and pat dry. Ice cold lettuce is best for this great salad.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Theresa.

      Reply

  • Kim
    February 13, 2024

    I have not made this yet but I will soon! Which store blue cheese dressing do you recommend? Love all of your videos and your cook book!

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    • Natasha
      February 13, 2024

      HI Kim, I personally love the Marzetti Brand which is a refrigerated blue cheese dressing. It’s very pleasant and also great for dipping veggies.

      Reply

  • Jon
    July 13, 2023

    Best ever wedge salad for my wife and me. Substituted feta cheese for my wife as she doesn’t care for blue cheese. This is a “go to” again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 13, 2023

      Hi Jon! That’s great. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Judy Bogle
    June 12, 2022

    How do you crisp the iceberg lettuce? When I’ve had it in restaurants it is like frozen crisp? Ideas?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 13, 2022

      Hi Judy, you can try submerging the leaves in a bowl of ice water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then remove and thoroughly pat dry.

      Reply

  • 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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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?

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    • 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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