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Making a Wedge Salad is a quick, simple and healthy meal option. I’ll teach you how to make a great Wedge Salad in minutes.

wedge salad, plated and topped with toppings

How To Make Wedge Salad

I’m not going to lie to you. When it is 100+ degrees outside, the LAST thing I want to do is turn on my oven! Enter wedge salad! It is so easy, so fast and I don’t even have to heat up my kitchen to make a great meal! If I’m feeling particularly ambitious I will fire up the grill and serve it with my Marinated Grilled Chicken, or my Garlic Butter Steak Kabobs,  but truthfully, wedge salad is fantastic all on its own!  Keep reading and let me teach you how to make a wedge salad your whole family will love!

Wedge salad is a more elegant throwback to simpler times. None of this kale or spinach. Wedge salad is straight up, unapologetic iceberg lettuce, with all the crisp freshness iceberg has to offer.

A wedge salad with all the trimmings is THE ULTIMATE salad! A hunk of iceberg smothered in crisp bacon, fresh veggies and a mound of blue cheese (unless blue cheese isn’t your thing, which I totally get. It took me a while to warm up to it too!) 

Wedge salad with hardboiled eggs

What Ingredients Are In A Wedge Salad?

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Any of the following topping ideas- That is the beauty of this salad, it is completely customizable! It is fun to do as a salad bar and let everyone add the toppings they like! 
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Cheese- Blue Cheese is traditional, but any ole cheese will do!
  • Green Onions
  • Red Onions
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocado
  • Croutons
  • Olives
  • Craisins
  • Nuts- Slivered Almonds, Candied Pecans or Walnuts, Sunflower seeds etc
  • Your Favorite Dressing
  • Literally Anything Else You Like To Eat On Your Salads!!!!

How To Cut A Wedge Salad

To cut a head of iceberg lettuce into a wedge salad, simple cut the bottom of the head or core the stem out of the head and cut into quarters…THAT’S IT! Couldn’t be easier!

cutting a head of iceberg lettuce into wedges for a wedge salad

Once you’ve cut the iceberg into wedges, clean the lettuce by running the wedge under cold water, gently lifting the layers to get each layer clean. You can dry the wedges either in a salad spinner, or by placing the wedge on its edge and letting it drain onto a paper towel for 30 minutes while you get the other ingredients ready. 

To serve, place the wedge on a plate and top first with the dressing. This will give all the yummy topping something to stick to, and ensure deliciousness in every bite!

How To Store Your Lettuce

If you don’t need the whole head of lettuce, your un-used wedges can be stored in a Ziplock bag with a paper towel. The paper towel is important because it will soak up all the excess moisture and allow the lettuce to stay fresh for 2-3 days.

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How to make a Wedge Salad

Making a Wedge Salad is a quick, simple and healthy meal option. I'll teach you how to make a great Wedge Salad in minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce

Topping Ideas

  • cherry tomatoes
  • bacon
  • hard boiled eggs
  • cheese, fetta, blue, shredded, parmesan, gorgonzola
  • green onions
  • red onions
  • peppers
  • cucumbers
  • avocado
  • croutons
  • nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts
  • favorite dressing, blue cheese, ranch, creamy caesar


  • Cut the bottom of the had of lettuce off and then cut into quarters.
  • After cutting the lettuce, rinse the wedge under water, lifting the lettuce layers to rinse throughout the whole wedge. Use a salad spinner to remove all of the extra water quickly. Or you can set it on it's side and let it drain onto paper towels for 30 minutes or so.
  • Top your wedge with dressing and then all of your favorite toppings.
  • Unused wedges can be stored in a zip top bag with a paper towel for 2-3 days.
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