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I was recently at Frank's Steak House in Cambridge and they had a special on the menu, Wedge Salad. Needless to say I ordered because it has been a long time since I have had a wedge salad. With the blue cheese dressing and all the crumbles of fresh bacon how could it not be good. So I set out to duplicate it and I really think this recipe is better.
The key to this salad is fresh lettuce which you can get in the summer at your local farm stand. And you definitely should try your hand at making your own Blue Cheese Dressing and frying your own Crispy Fried Bacon. You'll be glad you did!
Classic Wedge Salad
Classic Wedge Salad
So next time you are barbecuing a steak and drinking a bottle of red wine, give this salad a try. It will more than hold its own and may even outshine the steak. And blue cheese is a natural sidekick to a great bottle of red wine. Give it a try and tell us how you change it to make it your own. Enjoy!
  • 1 wedge of fresh iceberg lettuce, chilled
  • 1/4 c blue cheese dressing
  • 2 pieces crispy fried bacon
  • several cherry tomatoes or pieces of diced tomato
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
1.  Make your Blue Cheese Dressing and fry your bacon until it is nice and crispy.
2.  Prepare your lettuce wedge. You have several ways to do this. You can cut the head of lettuce in half and then make 3 equal wedges out of each half. Or you can cut the head in half and with the flat side down and the bottom toward you, cut at an angle down the right side so the slope goes outward. If you cut it in quarters, put the pointed side of the wedge facing up when you plate it. If you turn it on its side the open edge will be straight up and down.
Iceberg Lettuce Wedge - Notice How the Cut Slopes Outward
Iceberg Lettuce Wedge - Notice How the Cut Slopes Outward
3.  Spoon the dressing over the top of the lettuce wedge. You don't need too much dressing unless like me, you really like it!
Wedge with Blue Cheese Dressing
Wedge with Blue Cheese Dressing
4.  Sprinkle the crispy bacon crumbles over the top of the salad.
Bacon Crumbled over the Top of the Lettuce Wedge
Bacon Crumbled over the Top of the Lettuce Wedge
5.  Add some tomatoes for color. This is optional but does lighten it up a little.
Add some freshly ground black pepper and proudly serve your Wedge Salad. Enjoy!
Wedge Salad with Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Wedge Salad with Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Recipe Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time - Active: 30 Minutes
Prep Time - Inactive:    30 Minutes
Category: Salads, Appetizers, Special Occasions
Cooking Techniques: Chopping
Cuisine: American
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So happy to know how to properly cook bacon and make my own blue cheese dressing. Sounds yummy. Thank you
Eileen S -- 8/12/18
Tommy, walnuts can go rancid and lose flavor and texture and chopped nuts are probably more susceptible to that. Not sure if you used pine nuts and wa...
Bob -- 7/12/18
I did this "general" recipe with thin spaghetti and brought in some seared scallops and jumbo gulf shrimp. It was unreal! I need to do it agai...
Gulf Coast Texas Tommy -- 7/12/18
Eileen, if you don't have a food processor or a mortar and pestle or a blender I suppose you could chop the basil real fine and then use the back ...
Bob -- 7/6/18
This sounds fabulous. What does one use if they do not have a food processor? Also, can this recipe be frozen?
Eileen -- 7/5/18