Classic Wedge Salad

Classic Wedge Salad with an slice of iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onions, bacon and homemade blue cheese dressing for the perfect special dinner.

Wedge Salad is a throwback to your favorite steakhouse meals best served with Perfect Ribeye Steak or Steak Diane and Creamed Spinach.

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
 Wedge Salad Recipe

Wedge Salad may not sound too exciting but I actually read a report that in steakhouses it is the most commonly ordered menu item outside of steak! See, people may say they think its antiquated but they’re ordering it a lot!

What is a wedge salad?

A Wedge Salad (or sometimes called a blue cheese salad) is special because of it’s presentation. It includes wedges of iceberg lettuce topped with crunchy bacon, creamy chunky blue cheese dressing, tomatoes and red onions.

Why don’t people chop up the iceberg lettuce? Well, to be fair that’s the first thing people do before they start to eat the salad, but for the purposes of presentation it’s served with a wedge.

Can I swap out the iceberg lettuce for something healthier? This is not the whole truth. Iceberg lettuce is actually really high in Vitamin A and potassium. Feel free to add in a healthy mix of lettuce types if you’d like to mix things up.

Wedge Salad with Blue CheeseYou can make the recipe your own. Classically it’s served with chopped tomatoes but after a delicious meal at Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina for an anniversary lunch years ago I swapped to grape or cherry tomatoes.

Please don’t use pre-packaged bacon crumbles on this salad. I actually usually prep the salad completely first then cook the bacon and chop it as quickly as I can because the hot crispy freshly cooked bacon on top of this salad is basically heaven.

How do you make Blue Cheese Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  1. Combine everything into a large bowl, mix, cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

How do you cut lettuce for a wedge salad?

  1. Cut the head of lettuce into four quarters.
  2. Rinse the quarters under cold water and gently fan out the leaves to be sure there’s no debris inside.
  3. Alternately soak the wedges in ice water and shake gently to remove any debris.
  4. To drain and dry place the wedges on clean kitchen towels or paper towels then turn to do the same on the second side.
  5. Shake gently to ensure all water is removed and pat dry again.

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Classic Wedge Salad

Classic Wedge Salad with an slice of iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onions, bacon and homemade blue cheese dressing for the perfect special dinner.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, Classic Wedge Salad, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 243 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce in 8 wedges
  • 2 cups blue cheese dressing
  • 6 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped


  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crispy but still chewy before removing from pan and chopping into a large dice.

  2. Add the blue cheese dressing to the iceberg lettuce and top with bacon, tomatoes, onion, black pepper and chives.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Wedge Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 1026mg45%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 875IU18%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I wanted to make blue cheese dressing from scratch and knew you would have the perfect recipe. I made it for my birthday dinner and it was absolutely delicious!! Thank you!!