Wedge Salad Wednesdays are for sharing wedge salads together and learning new ways to enjoy these salad recipes.
I love a wedge salad — and this summer, I’m taking you on a whirlwind, Wedge Salad Wednesday Tour!
Get ready for 15 different Wedge Salad Recipes this summer — they’re going to be amazing.
Today, I’d like to talk through components of a wedge salad, and what ingredients you can keep on hand to make one up anytime.
What’s in a typical Wedge Salad?
Most of the time, you think of the wedge salads that you see on steakhouse menus. They contain:
Lettuce – usually iceberg, since it can be cut into a wedge.
- Blue Cheese
- Red Onions
- Blue Cheese Dressing
Let’s chat about lettuce for a bit…
While Iceberg is traditional, I love using romaine hearts.
Just slice the down the center, with the stem still attached, and you’ve got a whole new kind of wedge.
How do you ‘wedge’ iceberg lettuce?
Place the iceberg lettuce, stem side up to you.
Give the stem a good twist, and remove. ((Sometimes you can whack the entire head of lettuce onto your cutting board with the stem side down, and it pulls right out.))
Then, using a sharp chef’s knife, cut the iceberg lettuce in half, and half again.
Sometimes, I’ll cut into eighths, for a smaller portion if I’m serving this alongside other items.
How do you wash iceberg lettuce?
After removing any wilted or brown leaves from the iceberg head, cut into fourth or eighths, then gently run each wedge under COLD water. Place on a towel, and allow to air dry for a few hours.
How do you keep lettuce crisp?
After you’ve washed your lettuce, make sure you dry it really well.
When you store your lettuce, in the fridge, be sure you’re giving it room to breathe and drain.
I’ll store my lettuce in a colander, over a plate to catch any moisture that accumulates.
Just cover lightly with a paper towel or clean flour sackcloth, and you’ll be good to go!
Other lettuces you’re going to see used on upcoming Wedge Salad Wednesdays:
- Little Gem Lettuce
- Bibb Lettuce
Bacon is about the most important ingredient on the Wedge Salad.
I mean, it’s your protein, right?! 😉
Use this tutorial for The BEST Bacon You Will Ever Eat and keep it in your fridge for the last minute Wedge Salads.
How do you eat a wedge salad?
This is a wildly popular question…
And, wedge salads require a fork and a knife.
The wedge cut is quite cumbersome I will tell you, and I usually cut my iceberg lettuce into discs, so it’s easier to cut up.
Almost anything! While traditionally served with steak (it used to be a palate cleanser before your steak was served.) it pairs well with all kinds of protein.
What would you serve a classic wedge salad with?
Get ready for all the Wedge Salads you can muster! Check back each Wednesday for a new recipe!