Make this knife and fork classic Wedge Caesar Salad with Bacon that looks super fancy but is so easy to make with just 5 ingredients.
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Salads, there are so many ways to serve them, but sometimes cutting up all the ingredients can be time-consuming. That is where this wedge salad comes in, it's super quick to make by just cutting a head of lettuce and frying some bacon.
WooHoo! This is my kind of salad.
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What is a wedge salad?
This salad is about simplicity but it delivers with satisfying flavors and a cool crispy texture. The simplicity lies in the fact you just cut a head of iceberg lettuce into quarters, no slicing or chopping is required. Just leave the leaves alone.
Finally, add a drizzle of dressing and a few toppings, remember keep it simple. And those toppings, they need to be kept small, kinda like a garnish on top of the wedge.
Why we love this recipe
- This wedge salad is perfect to serve for lunch or as a side dish.
- Want to serve a salad at a party, make these salad wedges and set them on a platter so your guests can serve themselves.
- Making this salad takes minutes to prepare and the wedges can even be made ahead of time.
We like to serve this salad as a main course along with our favorite appetizers. These savory Pear Puff Pastry Pinwheels and Apricot Parmesan Pinwheels are both easy to make and taste great with this salad.
Mini Chicken Taco Bowls and one of these wedges make a delicious meal.
You can also serve this wedge as a side along with this BBQ Pork Steak, for a nice hearty dinner.
A few notes on the ingredients
- Iceberg lettuce - Because heads of lettuce come in various sizes try to find one that is medium-sized. If you have a very large head of lettuce you can cut it into more than four wedges.
- Use your favorite caesar salad dressing
- Bacon - regular sliced bacon works the best since it is easier to crumble.
- Parmesan cheese - you can shred your own or buy pre-shredded cheese
- Cracked pepper - this just adds that little extra kick!
Let's make a salad
How to fry bacon crumbles
- This is the best way to cook bacon on the stove to make bacon crumbles. Stack about five strips of bacon on top of each other, then slice those strips in half. Now slice the cut stips cross-wise into small dice.
- Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat then add the diced bacon. Let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bacon becomes crisp.
- When the bacon is cooked spoon the bacon from the skillet onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool.
- If you have any leftover bacon crumbles add them to your eggs in the morning, or you can freeze them for later.
How to cut iceberg lettuce into wedges
- Remove a few of the outer leaves from the lettuce. These leaves usually are very thin and can look wilted.
- Lay the head of lettuce on a large cutting board and cut it in half down through the core with a large chef's knife.
- Turn the wedges cut side down on the cutting board and then cut those pieces in half. You now have four lettuce wedges. See the FAQs on how to wash the lettuce.
Topping the salad wedges
- Depending on how you are serving the wedges, put a wedge on a plate, or place all the wedges on a serving platter.
- Spoon the caesar salad dressing over each wedge so it drips down the edges just a bit. Don't drown the wedges.
- Sprinkle with the bacon crumbles, shredded parmesan cheese, and the cracked pepper.
- Serve the lettuce wedges cold.
- The classic wedge salad uses bleu cheese, but feel free to use swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, feta cheese, or try a shredded pepper jack for a zesty salad. There are so many options.
- You have options for the bacon. Try using Bacon Bits if you don't want to cook bacon, and they are a great option for a vegetarian salad since they are not made with meat.
- The dressing for a wedge salad can be anything you like.
- Salad topping ideas are endless, just make sure the toppings are small. Try chopped tomatoes, shredded carrots, diced red onions, chopped olives, hard-cooked eggs, chives, diced basil, or crushed croutons.
Even though this wedge salad recipe is quick to make you might want to get a head start on prepping, especially if you are serving this salad for a party. The beauty of the iceberg wedges is they will stay crispy.
Cut the lettuce into wedges and cover with plastic wrap until ready to top. Then prep your toppings so they are ready to go.
Alternately, you can completely make the salad wedges up to two hours ahead of time. Just cover with plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator.
🥗 Serving tip
Here is a fun idea for a party, set up a wedge salad bar. Just set out the lettuce wedges on a big platter, then fill bowls with all the toppings and let your guests create their own salad.
You can even do this along with a baked potato bar since they both use similar toppings.
When cutting the head of lettuce into wedges, leave the core intact so the leaves stay together. Rinse each lettuce wedge under cold water then place the wedges cut side down on paper towels to drain, and use the paper towel to pat the lettuce dry, making sure the wedges are dry. When done, cut the core from the lettuce wedges.
A knife and fork are a must. Simply slip the tines of the fork into the lettuce wedge and cut off a bite-sized piece, then repeat for each bite.
Wedge Caesar Salad with Bacon
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- 1 head Iceberg lettuce
- 1 cup Caesar salad dressing
- 8-10 slices Cooked bacon
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded You can buy preshredded, or shred the cheese yourself
- cracked pepper to taste
- Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Stack several slices of bacon together and slice longwise, then slice across to make a small dice. Fry the diced bacon slices until crisp. Make sure to stir the bacon so it cooks evenly.Drain the cooked bacon on paper towels and let cool. You can also fry the bacon in strips in the skillet and then crumble it after it has cooled.
- Prepare the lettuce by removing the outer leaves. These leaves are usually very thin and may look wilted. Cut the head of lettuce in half down through the core, and then cut in half again to make 4 wedges. Cut the ends of each wedge to remove the stem.
- Place the lettuce wedges on individual plates or a platter. Drizzle the salad dressing over each wedge, enough so it starts to drip down the sides of the wedge.
- Sprinkle the bacon crumbles, and shredded cheese over the salad dressing, then sprinkle with the black pepper.
- Serve the lettuce wedges cold.
- The amount you use depends on what you like.
- It is best to use regular sliced bacon - not the thick-sliced as it will crumble better.
- You want the bacon in small pieces so it sticks to the salad dressing and stays on top of the lettuce wedge.
- You can also use bacon bits for a vegetarian option.
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