The Classic Wedge Salad

The Wedge. Nope. I’m not talking about the shoe. Although I’m a big fan of those too.

Whenever I think of a wedge salad, I think of a fancy schmancy steakhouse restaurant where they’re usually served. And also where they charge upwards of $15 for their upscale wedge salads. I’m a sucker for them.

But guess what? You can easily make your own wedge salads at home.

I’m talking so easy that I was a little ticked at myself for ever buying one of those salads.

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You could definitely use store bought blue cheese dressing here too but I feel like the homemade version is a whole lot better. The original recipe calls for shallots which are less overpowering than a red onion. I personally love onions. I could eat them like an apple so I opted to use the red onion I had on hand. I like the delicacy of the shallots and would use those if you’re scared of onions.classic-wedge-salad

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The Classic Wedge Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large shallot, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick rings or a red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (9 ounces)
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

Instructions

  1. Combine shallot and vinegar in bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Using fork, remove shallot from vinegar; reserve shallot and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Whisk 3 ounces blue cheese (about 3/4 cup), mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, reserved vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper together in bowl until combined.
  3. Hold the head of iceberg lettuce with both hands, with the core pointed toward the counter. Hit the core end of the lettuce forcefully against the counter to loosen the core. Twist and pull the core out of the bottom of the head.
  4. Cut it into 6 wedges. Start by cutting it in half and then each half into 3 equal wedges.
  5. Arrange lettuce wedges on ­platter and top with dressing, reserved shallot, and tomatoes. Crumble bacon over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 ounce blue cheese. Serve.

Notes

Source: from Cook’s Country

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Comments

  1. Hi,
    Love your blog!
    Question: Do you wash the lettuce? If so, how?
    Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Shauna,
      Great question!

      Hold the head of iceberg lettuce with both hands, with the core pointed toward the counter.
      Hit the core end of the lettuce forcefully against the counter to loosen the core.
      Twist and pull the core out of the bottom of the head.
      Hold the head of lettuce under running water until the water flows out of the outer leaves.
      Flip the lettuce so the excess water drains out of the core hole.

  2. Goodness that looks delicious! So crisp and refreshing! Making your own dressing is always so rewarding!

  3. Oh YUM. I’m a huge lover of salad, and homemade dressing is a MUST. This looks delicious.

  4. Congrates to the SIL ? with the heart transplant! I pray all goes well!

  5. The shoe and the salad= fabulous! 😉

  6. Yum, yum, yum! We eat a ton of side salads, so this will be an easy one to add to our next menu.

  7. Nothing beats a classic. I love good ole’ wedge salads with all that crispy iceberg. I haven’t had one in years though. I need to change that!