Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing is THE perfect side to go with a big juicy steak or any entree for that matter. It’s crisp and simple, and the homemade dressing brings all the flavors together. Make this one for date night in!

For some other delicious salad recipes, try the Best Italian Chopped Salad, Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing, and my Mexican Quinoa Salad!

Two bowls of wedge salad with toppings and blue cheese dressing.

“Oh my goodness! This was DELISH!!! We love the wedge salads at Saltgrass Steak House, but this one was even better! Loved the dressing!”
– Featured Review from Cathy

Best Wedge Salad

I’ve honestly made this salad three times in the last month. Since Mike and I are empty nesters, this recipe is perfect because it’s good for two nights. I’ve made it to pair with steaks, chicken, soup, and just plain old roasted veggies (as in veggies and salad night).

Why we love this recipe:

  • It’s simple. This is a simple side dish to make. The homemade dressing only takes 10 minutes or so to make as well!
  • You can prep ahead. You can prep all the ingredients ahead of time and store separately in the refrigerator. I recommend assembling the salads at mealtime.
  • This salad is perfect for entertaining. This is a “pretty” salad for entertaining and delicious too.
  • It can be a main course. Double up the ingredients and enjoy this salad for dinner instead of a side dish. Trust me, it works!
Side view of a classic wedge salad with dressing.

Wedge Salad Ingredients:

Let’s talk about the classic ingredients for wedge salad.

  • Iceberg Lettuce – Remove the outer leaves, give it a quick wash, and slice it into wedges.
  • Bacon – My favorite way to cook bacon is to bake it in the oven until crisp. UNLESS I have the microwave ready bacon which is super easy to make in just a few minutes.
  • Hardboiled Eggs – Love to make eggs in the Instant Pot now.
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Slice them in half.
  • Green Onions – Chop them up.
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles

Blue Cheese Salad Ingredients:

This dressing is definitely the star of the show!

  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayo
  • Buttermilk
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic Powder, S&P

When mixing the dressing, mash some of those blue cheese crumbles into the other ingredients.

How to make Classic Wedge Salad:

Step 1
Prep toppings. Cook the bacon and the eggs. Chop the tomatoes and green onions.

Step 2
Prep lettuce. Remove the core and outer lettuce leaf of the head of iceberg. Rinse quickly in cold water and then dry in a clean dish towel. Chop the lettuce into four equal parts.

If the head of lettuce is super small, you may need two heads for the salad recipe.

Step 3
Make dressing. Combine the dressing ingredients – the blue cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings (garlic powder, salt, and pepper). Stir well.

Step 4
Assemble salads. Add the toppings to the lettuce wedges.

Step 5
Top with dressing. Use a spoon to add the dressing to the top of the wedge salads.

Recipe FAQs

Do you need to wash iceberg lettuce?

Yes, you should always wash any kind of lettuce unless it’s pre-packaged and noted that it’s pre-washed. Simple remove the core and the outer lettuce leaf, rinse in cold water, and then dry using a clean dish towel.

How do you crisp lettuce?

The best way to crisp lettuce is to soak it briefly in ice water.

How do you cut lettuce for iceberg?

Remove the core and the other leaf. Then slice it in half and then in half again.

What are the traditional toppings for wedge salad?

Traditional toppings include bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and blue cheese dressing. However, many add other toppings include tomatoes, eggs, onions, etc.

What is the difference between blue cheese dressing and ranch dressing?

The primary difference between blue cheese and ranch dressing is that there is added blue cheese crumbles in blue cheese dressing.

Side view of a wedge salad.

What to pair with Classic Wedge Salad:

This wedge salad goes great with so many different main courses. Try one of these below!

The dressing stays fresh for up to three days in the refrigerator.

A wedge salad with toppings and blue cheese dressing.

Make this salad next: Spinach Salad with Avocado and Goat Cheese

xoxo ~Sue

Side view of a bowl of wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and toppings.

Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing is THE perfect side to go with a big juicy steak or any entree for that matter. It’s crisp and simple, and the homemade dressing brings all the flavors together. Make this one for date night in!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce – rinsed and cut into fourths
  • 4-6 slices bacon – cooked and chopped
  • 2 large eggs – hard-boiled
  • 1 bunch green onions – diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – chopped
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles – or more

For the blue cheese dressing:

  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Mix the dressing ingredients together – blue cheese crumbles, mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings. Mix well and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Slice the head of iceberg in half. Then slice in half again and arrange in bowls.
  • Prep toppings – chop veggies, cook the bacon and hard boil the eggs.
  • Add the toppings to the lettuce – the tomatoes, onions, crumbled bacon, chopped eggs, and blue cheese crumbles.
  • Top the salads with the prepared blue cheese dressing.

Notes

  • This salad is best served fresh the first day.
  • Classic Wedge Salad pairs well with so many things. See blog post for some ideas.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1247IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 1mg
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7 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! This was DELISH!!! We love the wedge salads at Saltgrass Steak House, but this one was even better! Loved the dressing!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much, Cathy! I’m glad you tried it, and now I’m reminded that I should make it again for my fam! 🙂

  2. Kellie Gaffney says:

    I have had this salad from the original batch for the last few days. It’s delicious. I wonder what the dressing would tast like without the sugar. It was still tasty, but I like a more poignant blue cheese taste. However, it was easy and I will make this again without hesitation.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I originally didn’t use the sugar, but thought it was missing something. Let me know if you try it that way, Kellie! I also use a LOT of pepper in mine. 🙂

  3. I love this salad! The Blue Cheese crumbles are a must!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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