Crisp and refreshing, this classic wedge salad is topped with homemade creamy blue cheese dressing, juicy tomatoes, salty bacon and extra blue cheese crumbles. This is the perfect salad side dish to pair with any of your favorite meals!

Wedge of lettuce on a blue plate topped with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, bacon and chives.

All about this wedge salad…

  • Homemade Blue Cheese dressing is cold, creamy, and tangy, making this the perfect side dish to serve alongside a pan seared steak, or some smoked pulled pork
  • Keeping the toppings simple and diced small helps them to stick to the lettuce wedge creating a beautiful side dish. 

Ingredients:

Ingredients Needed for making a wedge salad laid out on the counter.

How to cut the lettuce:

Step by step showing how to cut iceberg lettuce to make a wedge salad. Shows cutting a head of lettuce in half.
  • Step 1: A wedge salad starts with a full head of ice berg lettuce. Remove the outside leaves, typically those leaves are somewhat thin and slightly wilted, or excessively dirty. Rinse the remaining lettuce to clean.
  • Step 2: Once the outside leaves are removed then we can cut the head of lettuce in half.
Showing cutting half a head of lettuce into quarters, then cutting off the stem.
  • Step 3: Then each half will be cut into half again, leaving us with 1/4 of a lettuce head.
  • Step 4: A small chop to the bottom of the wedge will remove the remainder of the stem. At this point, if needed you can rinse the lettuce again to clean between the layers of leaves.
  • Step 5: Assemble the salad by drizzling with dressing and adding toppings.
Overhead view of dressing and toppings on a wedge of lettuce for a salad.

FAQs:

What dressing do I use?

Traditionally a wedge salad is made with a blue cheese dressing. Although, you can always switch to a different dressing if you’re not a fan of blue cheese. Some other options include: Ranch, or Caesar. 

What are some topping ideas?

The simplicity of a wedge salad lends to it’s appeal. Some ideas include: tomato, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, chives, green onion, black pepper, avocado, cucumber, croutons. 

How do I eat this?

A wedge salad is a just as the name implies, a wedge of lettuce with toppings. Since it’s not individual leaves of lettuce it’s a bit trickier to eat. The easiest way is with a knife and fork. To cut the wedge apart while eating.

Expert Tips:

  • Keep the toppings minimal. Dice them small. This helps to ensure that they attach themselves to the wedge of lettuce instead of falling off.
  • Clean the lettuce after cutting into wedges if needed. This allows you to clean between all the layers of leaves. Be sure to do this step early to allow time for drying if needed.

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Wedge of lettuce on a blue plate topped with blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, bacon and chives.

Classic Wedge Salad

This classic and simple wedge salad is crisp and refreshing. A cold wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with a homemade creamy blue cheese dressing, bacon crumbles, diced tomato and chives. Perfect as a side dish for any meal or as a lunch!
5 from 25 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices bacon , cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , diced
  • 1 tbsp chives , diced
  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing
  • ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  • Prepare the lettuce by removing the outer leaves, chop the head of lettuce in half and then half again, making 4 wedges. Cut the end to remove the stem.
  • Plate the wedges and top with the blue cheese dressing, bacon crumbles, tomato, chives, and additional blue cheese crumbles.
  • Serve cold and enjoy!

Notes

How to cut a Wedge Salad:
  • Start with a full head of ice berg lettuce. Remove the outside leaves, typically those leaves are somewhat thin and slightly wilted, or excessively dirty.
  • Once the outside leaves are removed then we can cut the head of lettuce in half. Then each half will be cut into half again, leaving us with 1/4 of a lettuce head.
  • A small chop to the bottom of the wedge will remove the remainder of the stem. (Step by Step Photos included in post)
Time: Cook and prep time includes time to cook the bacon.
Toppings: Dice the toppings small to help them stay on top of the wedge. Larger pieces will fall off.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 63mg
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Recipe first published May 9, 2018. Updated July 30, 2021 with new images and information.