A delicious, crisp, iceberg Wedge Salad recipe topped with bacon crumbles, onion, tomatoes and a creamy homemade blue cheese dressing.

You can serve wedge salads as a side with just about any meal, like Braised short Ribs, Penne alla Vodka, or Chicken Piccata.

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

Whenever I’m ordering a side salad from a restaurant I always scan the menu for a wedge salad; they’re my favorite! Kind of ironic considering they are probably the cheapest, simplest thing on the menu, but, for some reason they seem “fancy” to me and I love seeing how they’re presented (plus, they’re DELICIOUS!).

This is the perfect salad for impressing guests, with little effort.

How to Cut a Wedge Salad:

Iceberg lettuce is used to make wedge salads because the leaves are compact and layered tightly together. For wedge salads, grab a whole head of iceberg lettuce and cut it in half, from the top down to the stem. Cut each halve again, to make 4 quarters of lettuce.

Rinse each quart of lettuce and gently shake off any excess water. Place them on a paper towel lined plate, or in a large bag with a paper towel to catch excess water, and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. If any outer edges of the lettuce start to brown you can simply cut them off.

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

How to make a Wedge Salad:

Make the Blue Cheese Dressing: Add all of the blue cheese dressing ingredients to a bowl then stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. The dressing can be made up to 1 week in advance.

A small white bowl with a homemade blue cheese dressing.

Cut Lettuce: Cut the iceberg lettuce in half then cut each of the halves again in half or thirds (depending on how big the head of lettuce is) to create “wedges”.

Add Toppings: Place wedges on individual plates then spoon dressing over lettuce. Garnish the iceberg wedge salad with bacon crumbles, chopped tomatoes, onion and blue cheese crumbles on top then season with fresh crushed black pepper, to taste.

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

Additional Toppings Ideas:

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

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Recipe

An easy wedge salad on a plate with blue cheese dressing, bacon, onion, and tomatoes.
Prep 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

For the salad:

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked, cooled and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion , chopped
  • pecans , or walnuts, toasted (optional)

Easy Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing:

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the dressing ingredients to a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or can be made several days in advance.
  • Cut the bacon into pieces and cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Cut the iceberg lettuce in half. Cut each of the halves again in half or thirds (depending on how big the ice berg lettuce head is), to create "wedges". Place wedges on individual plates. 
  • To serve, spoon dressing over lettuce and then sprinkle the bacon crumbles, tomatoes, onion and blue cheese crumbles on top. Season with fresh crushed black pepper, to taste.

Notes

More Toppings Ideas:
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Olives
  • Beets
  • Croutons
  • Other cheese varieties: parmesan, mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, goat cheese.
  • Nuts: pine nuts, almonds, etc.
  • Berries
  • Creamy parmesan or Caesar Dressing instead of Blue Cheese Dressing.
  • Protein: grilled chicken or steak.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 604IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe May 2017. Updated August 2020 and August 2023.

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  1. I am looking forward to making the blue cheese dressing from scratch. Just curious though, the recipe lists 8 servings, but the video indicates only four. Are you cutting each quarter in half again to get 8 servings from one head of lettuce?

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this blue cheese dressing at least 4x! It’s sooo good. I don’t even like blue cheese.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for a potluck dinner party and it was delicious. I was worried because I have never made homemade salad dressing before, but this was fantastic. I will definitely be making this again.

  4. I made this wedge salad last night to go with a prime rib roast. it was positively orgasmic! We all just loved it and licked the plates after. It is for sure a keeper!!

      1. We made this last night, yummy! The recipe was easy, the dressing is yummy…we used blue cheese and sweetened cashews. I eat this salad at a local restaurant and these are their ingredients: Romaine Lettuce, Gorgonzola, Schreiner’s Smoked Bacon, Dates, Tomato, Shaved Red Onion + Ranch 9.5

        Those dates are finely chopped and add a delicious taste to it! Thanks for the recipe!