Reasons to Love a Wedge Salad
I LOVE a wedge salad for several reasons.
- They are simple, simple, simple to make,
- require just a few ingredients,
- look impressive,
- go great with a steak (and I LOVE steak!),
- AND… they’re DELICIOUS!
The Basics to Making the Unforgettable
So, here’s a few basic quick steps to make an unforgettable wedge salad for your next (ANYTIME) occasion!
FIRST, the lettuce is a significant part of the salad, so a fresh, green, and ice cold head of Iceberg lettuce is essential.
No matter what shape you plan to cut, you will want to first remove the round stem/root end. Do so by slicing the head in half first, providing a flat side to lay your lettuce on which will give you much more control when determining where to cut next. Then slice the stem/root end off the end of the halved lettuce.
From this point, It’s really up to you how you slice it. You can play with your slices over time to find your preferred “wedge” cut. Try thick round flat cuts, or the classic angled “wedge” cuts. Or, you can start with a thicker wedge cut and cut it in half, creating more of a “square” wedge-shaped cut. Lay your lettuce cut(s) on the plate(s).
Top your lettuce wedges with the following:
- Halved cherry tomatoes
- Slivers of red onion (quarter-rings, separated)
- Fresh, crisp, fried bacon lardons (I prefer applewood smoked bacon, sliced into approx. 1/4″ pieces, fried until golden brown and crispy)
- Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
- Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing, made beforehand (Dressing Packet, Hellman’s Mayo, and Whole Milk)
- Light drizzle of aged balsamic (my FAVORITE is Central Market’s Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena!!)
- Cracked or fresh ground black pepper (no salt necessary)
The flavor from the homemade ranch dressing and the thicker balsamic vinegar is the perfect combination to dress this gorgeous salad and it pairs so beautifully with the tomato, onion, bacon, and cheese!! Try it this way at least once before making it your own!! It’s worth the experience!!
AND, like I say, this salad pairs beautifully with a steak, so if you’re trying to make a meal out of it and you’re feeling like you need to add a protein — Just add steak!!! Yum!!