Wedge Salad: A Classic Recipe with a Twist

The best Wedge Salad recipe with a homemade blue cheese dressing and toppings on a plate, ready to enjoy.

Whenever I’m at a restaurant and see a wedge salad on the menu, I can’t resist ordering it. There’s something about this simple, yet delicious, dish that always captivates me. It may be the way it’s presented or the combination of flavors, but one thing is for sure – wedge salads have a certain charm that never fails to impress.

How to Cut a Wedge Salad:

To create the perfect wedge salad, start with a whole head of iceberg lettuce. Cut it in half from the top down to the stem, and then cut each half into quarters. Rinse each quarter and gently shake off any excess water. If the outer edges of the lettuce start to brown, simply trim them off. Place the quarters on a paper towel-lined plate or in a bag with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. With proper storage, the lettuce can last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Two images showing how to cut a wedge salad from iceberg lettuce.

How to Make a Wedge Salad:

The key to a fantastic wedge salad lies in the dressing. Prepare a creamy blue cheese dressing by combining all the necessary ingredients in a bowl. Stir well to achieve a smooth and delicious dressing. For optimal flavor, refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before serving. The dressing can be made up to 1 week in advance, making this dish even more convenient.

A small white bowl with a homemade blue cheese dressing.

Once the dressing is ready, it’s time to assemble the salad. Cut the iceberg lettuce halves into smaller wedges, depending on the size of the head. Place the wedges on individual plates and generously spoon the homemade blue cheese dressing over them. To enhance the flavor and texture, add crispy bacon crumbles, chopped tomatoes, onions, and blue cheese crumbles on top. Finish off with a sprinkle of freshly crushed black pepper to taste. Every bite is a burst of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more.

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A wedge salad on a white plate, topped with a blue cheese dressing, bacon, onions, and tomatoes.

Additional Toppings Ideas:

While a classic wedge salad is already a delight on its own, you can easily customize it by adding various toppings. Consider incorporating these ideas to create a personalized twist:

  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Olives
  • Beets
  • Croutons
  • Other cheese varieties like parmesan, mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, or goat cheese
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Creamy Parmesan, Caesar, or Ranch Dressing instead of Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Protein such as grilled chicken or steak

With these additional options, you can elevate the flavors and textures to suit your personal taste preferences and dietary needs.

So why not impress your guests or treat yourself to a delightful and satisfying wedge salad? Whether it’s a side dish or the star of your meal, this classic recipe is sure to win over your taste buds. Enjoy the simplicity and elegance of a perfectly prepared wedge salad – a dish that never goes out of style.

This article was originally shared in May 2017 and has been updated in August 2020 and August 2023.

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