The wedge salad is a timeless classic that has been gracing tables and menus for decades. Known for its simplicity and bold flavors, this salad features a crisp iceberg lettuce wedge topped with creamy dressing, crunchy bacon bits, and a sprinkle of blue cheese. Its origins are somewhat debated, but it gained popularity in American steakhouses during the mid-20th century and has remained a favorite among salad enthusiasts and foodies alike.

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Ingredients Needed

Traditional Wedge Salad Ingredients

  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh chives, chopped (for garnish)
  • Blue cheese dressing (homemade or store-bought)


  • Protein Boost - Add grilled chicken or shrimp for extra protein.
  • Vegetarian Option - Swap bacon for crispy chickpeas or roasted nuts.
  • Extra Crunch - Top with croutons or fried onions.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 - Prepare the Lettuce

  1. Clean the Lettuce: Rinse the head of iceberg lettuce under cold water and remove any wilted outer leaves.
  2. Cut the Wedge: Cut the head of lettuce into quarters, making sure to keep the core intact to hold the wedge together.

Step 2 - Assemble the Salad

  1. Place the Wedge: Put each lettuce wedge on a plate.
  2. Top with Dressing: Generously drizzle blue cheese dressing over the top of each wedge.
  3. Add Toppings: Sprinkle crumbled bacon, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and red onions over the wedges.

Dressing Options

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk until smooth.
  2. Stir in the blue cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Adjust seasoning as needed.

Alternative Dressings

  • Ranch Dressing - For a creamier, more subtle flavor.
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette - For a tangy, lighter option.
  • Green Goddess Dressing - For a herby, vibrant twist.

Garnish Ideas

  • Herbs - Fresh chives, parsley, or dill add a pop of color and flavor.
  • Nuts - Candied pecans or walnuts for added crunch.
  • Fruit - Diced apples or pears for a sweet contrast.

Presentation and Serving Tips

  • Serve Cold: Ensure the lettuce is thoroughly chilled before serving. This keeps the salad crisp and refreshing.
  • Layering: Layer the toppings evenly for a visually appealing presentation.
  • Individual Plates: Serve the wedges on individual plates to make it easier for guests to enjoy.
  • Extra Drizzle: Offer extra dressing on the side for those who love a more indulgent salad.


Creating a wedge salad is a straightforward yet impactful way to elevate your dining experience. With its crisp textures and bold flavors, it's sure to impress your guests. We encourage you to get creative with your variations and share your delightful creations with us. Snap a photo, share your wedge salad, and tag us on social media – we can't wait to see your delicious takes!

Happy Salad Making!

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