Iceberg lettuce. Love or hate it?
I’ve always had an aversion to iceberg, in favor of romaine, red leaf, spinach and others. I even go so far as to ask restaurants if their salads are made from iceberg lettuce, cause if they are, I’d pass. So, now I might have to apologize to my mom, since I harped on her for years about only buying iceberg lettuce for the most part. She’s an iceberg fan all the way and that’s about all I saw in her vegetable drawer growing up. I kidded her about it all the time, telling her about the virtues of romaine, that wonderfully leafy and much more rich green lettuce that I found far superior to iceberg.
But now….now, I’m a little smitten with iceberg and it’s all because of the wedge salad.
I think I first had a wedge salad maybe 6 or 7 years ago at a nice restaurant and thought it was good, but lately several restaurants I’ve eaten at have had wedge salads on the menu and I’ve developed a real love for them. The flavors are just so good! Bacon, blue cheese, yum! So good.
There are so many variations on this salad all over the place, so find one that you are comfortable with. Mine is easy and simple.
These are the main ingredients:
A head of iceberg lettuce, ranch dressing, red onion (not pictured above), crumbled bacon, and blue cheese crumbles. The blue cheese really brings out the flavor, but the crowning star on this salad is the bacon. Oh bacon, how I love you!
Seriously, the flavors in this salad are so tantalizing to the tongue and I can’t get enough of them. I’m glad they are easy to make and duplicate at home. You can buy whatever kind of dressing you like, but I really love the ranch dressing with added chunks of blue cheese crumbles. There’s also plenty of blue cheese dressings in the grocery store, but I used ranch since that is what was in the fridge.
Again, so many variations, find one you love and let me know if you try it or if you are smitten with wedge salads too!
Easy Wedge Salad
- One head of iceberg lettuce
- One red onion
- Crumbled Bacon 2 or 3 slices per salad
- Crumbled Blue Cheese
- Ranch Dressing
Cut desired slices of iceberg lettuce in wedges on plate.
Add sliced or diced red onion.
Drizzle on ranch dressing.
Add crumbled blue cheese.
Add crumbled cooked bacon, salt and pepper to taste.
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
LOVE LOVE LOVE this salad! Yummy!
Our favorite wedge salad adds crush pretzels for a garnish.
Love the crunch.
Rona B says
Oh my, does this look delicious.
Julia @ Cuckoo4Design says
This looks delicious. I love iceberg but I have never thought about just cutting it into a wedge to eat it. I will have to try it.
Oh. My. That looks delicious, and who doesn’t love bacon? This is on my “must make” list.
This looks yummy!!
Maria G. says
I adore iceberg too and I add it to all my vegetable salads. I like the combination of blue cheese and ranch dressing. It has a special taste. The salad seems to be very easy to cook and I`ll try to cook it for the dinner.
I was not a fan of wedge salad just because I did not really like cutting into it. Just my luck it would go flying off my plate. Then a couple of years ago I was in California with a friend and she asked the waiter to have her wedge salad chopped. I ordered the same and found it so much more pleasant to eat. Thanks for the recipe.
HI, Wren, I too chop mine up before I start eating it. It’s pretty in the wedge, but you have to cut it up to eat it.
I felt the same growing up with iceberg lettuce after having fancier lettuce in nice restaurants. But fell in love with wedge salads too several years ago. Doesn’t bacon and blue cheese make iceberg sing? This is making my mouth water. May have to run over to Texas Land & Cattle for lunch and have one!
Pam R says
I love wedge salads not only for the delicious flavors but also for the fresh, crisp crunch of the iceberg lettuce. When I was growing up in the ’50’s, our salad was always iceberg lettuce with mayo, and sometimes tomato. Then, in the ’60’s, it was iceberg with Roquefort cheese dressing. The salad has certainly evolved since then.