Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad on a platter with dressing

The Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is the queen of salads ~ a salad even salad haters can’t resist!  With hearts of iceberg lettuce piled high with goodies like bacon, eggs, croutons, black olives, creamy blue cheese dressing, there’s even a few healthy veggies thrown in for good measure!

Platter of fully loaded wedge salads with blue cheese dressing

This is a fun salad that can be prepped ahead of time for a crowd, and everybody gets excited when they see this platter of crunchy iceberg wedges loaded up with so many tempting toppings.  It makes a vibrant centerpiece for a buffet, brunch, or barbecue, and even salad snubbers will race to grab a slice of this fresh veggie pie.

Hearts of iceberg lettuce in a fully loaded wedge salad platter

I grew up with ‘hearts of lettuce’ salads, but they weren’t nearly as tempting as this one.  The main attraction back then was that they were easy, crunchy, and drenched in creamy Russian or Thousand Island dressing.  I’ve swapped out a chunky blue cheese dressing for my version, and topped it with everything under the sun (or in the fridge.)

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad on a platter with dressing

A platter of Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

I slice my crisp head of iceberg lettuce in half, and then into 6 wedges.  I keep the core intact until after I’ve sliced the wedges, which keeps them from falling apart.  I’ll remove any loose leaves before arranging the wedges, cut side up, in a circle around a jar of dressing, it makes a pretty presentation.

Iceberg ~ the junk food of lettuce?

  • It’s got a bad rap, but all lettuce is good for you, and iceberg is no exception.
  • Iceberg’s not as nutrient dense as darker leafy greens like kale and spinach, but it still contains important vitamins, and it’s definitely not junk food!.
  • It’s low in calories, high in fiber and super hydrating.
  • It’s a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight because it will fill you up without extra calories.
  • It keeps longer than most salad greens, which is a boon.
  • Recent studies suggest iceberg might contain an important cancer-fighting compound, so don’t give up on it just yet.
  • Now as for the blue cheese dressing…that’s another story :)

iceberg lettuce wedges ready to be made into Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

One of the fun things about this salad is that you don’t have to be neat, in fact, the more chaotic, the better.  The colorful toppings tumbling down and around the wedges invite you to dig right in.

Toppings for my fully loaded wedge salad ~

  • crisp crumbled bacon
  • black olives
  • red bell peppers
  • seasoned croutons
  • hard cooked eggs
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • red onion
  • tomatoes
  • garbanzo beans (canned)

An individual serving of Fully Loaded Wedge Salad on a plate

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

Category: salad, side dish, lunch

Yield: serves 6

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
    toppings
  • crumbled bacon
  • minced red onion
  • finely chopped bell pepper
  • finely chopped cucumber
  • finely chopped carrots
  • chopped croutons
  • chopped cherry tomatoes
  • finely chopped hard cooked egg
  • chopped or sliced black olives
  • garbanzo beans
    dressing
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (about 6 ounces)
  • 3 ounces soft Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (more to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Put the dressing ingredients together in a small food processor and process briefly until combined, but still lumpy. Add salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste, and add more milk if you'd like a thinner dressing. Add more lemon juice if you like.
  2. Wash and dry your head of lettuce. Remove any loose or browned leaves. Slice the head in half, through the core. Slice each half into 3 wedges, so you have a total of 6 wedges. Remove any bit of core from the bottom of each wedge. Do this shortly before serving your salad, because the lettuce can start to turn brown once cut.
  3. Arrange your lettuce on a platter and drizzle each wedge with a little of the dressing. Scatter the toppings on top of the wedges and all around them.
  4. Serve immediately with extra dressing.
  5. Note: You can make individual salad plates instead of the platter if you like.

Make this fully loaded wedge salad your own ~

  • I think I’ll try this with wedges of radicchio next time.
  • Use heads of romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise and grilled, as the base for a summer loaded salad.  Add some grilled corn, too ~ yum!
  • Go traditional with a nice homemade Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

 

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The Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is the Queen of salads ~ the salad even a salad hater can't resist, with hearts of iceberg lettuce piled high with goodies like bacon, eggs, croutons, black olives, creamy blue cheese dressing, and a few healthy veggies for good measure! #salad #heartsoflettuce #iceberglettuce #loadedsalad #partysalad #memorialday #4thofjuly #summersalad #bluecheesedressing #wedgesalad

 

Other ‘loaded’ recipes to try ~

Epic Loaded Nachos

Loaded Deviled Eggs

Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Loaded Taquitos

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Pub Fries

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26 Comments

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    {friday feels} • we carry your heart
    April 20, 2018 at 7:51 am

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Such a perfect wedge salad, love the presentation!

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    Ann
    April 10, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I am always hungry after reading your blog and looking at these photos! I have yet to make anything mediocre off your recipes! All delish!!!!!

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      Sue
      April 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      I so appreciate that Ann, I was just signing off for the night and saw this…thanks :)

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    Holly N @ Spend With Pennies
    April 9, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Wedge Salad is my fave and I always order it when I go out, I have no idea why I don’t make it at home. I can’t wait to make this.

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    averie @ averie cooks
    April 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    So pretty and so hard to photograph for me at least, wedges, everything falls off of them. Clearly you’ve got it down because this is beautiful!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 9, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    This is my kind of salad Sue! Love all the topping suggestions! Total Meatless Monday winner!

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    Jessica Formicola
    April 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Wedge salads are my favorite! Loving all those extra toppings!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 10:58 am

      Wish I could slide a wedge right over to you, Jessica ;)

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    Veena Azmanov
    April 9, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Wow, this Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is really impressive! What an AMAZING idea! Beautiful presentation! This is really very tasty! I definitely want to try it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

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    Traci
    April 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Just pinned this gorgeous, scrumptious, salad of ALL salads! Yummm Sue…one can never go wrong with a wedge salad…and why not LOAD it up?! That’s how I prefer all salads…gimme ALL the veggies! Thanks for the salad inspiration :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Traci ~ and why can’t all recipes be LOADED??

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    Suzy
    April 9, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Sue, this wedge salad is unreal! Thanks for sharing!

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    Debbye
    April 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I just can’t get over how bright and festive this looks! What a great recipe to wow my guests at my mom’s upcoming 75th birthday party. Can’t wait to try!

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    April 9, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I grew up eating iceberg lettuce and as I got older I always considered it to be inferior to the other lettuces. But you are right, it’s still good for you! I love wedge salad and your beautiful salad is no exception!! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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    Kate
    April 9, 2018 at 8:40 am

    What an amazing explosion of flavors! I haven’t made a wedge salad before, but I love the idea of it!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 9, 2018 at 5:17 am

    I have never stopped loving iceberg lettuce, so this is right up my alley! I think I might just like the whole platter for myself :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 7:07 am

      It’s hard to beat that crunch :)

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 9, 2018 at 4:11 am

    I love, love, love a good wedge salad and this one looks GOOD!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 7:08 am

      It’s hard to make a wrong turn with bacon and blue cheese dressing…

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 9, 2018 at 3:47 am

    What a terrific idea for a crowd! This would be devoured in a flash at our house. No need for a heavy dinner – I could eat just this salad and be a happy girl!

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      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Exactly, it’s definitely main course salad material, that’s how I had mine. And I think this is the perfect salad for any party, thanks for stopping by Tricia <3

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 9, 2018 at 3:34 am

    That’s a huge head of iceberg salad. I first thought they were the flat jeroma cabbage. The topping makes the salad!

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      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 7:14 am

      My head was pretty standard, but when you cut it up like that it does go a long way. I wondered about other types of greens to use, and I do think larger heads of radicchio might work.

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    KalynsKitchen
    April 9, 2018 at 3:30 am

    I would skip the croutons, but otherwise this looks like a perfect salad for me. I love wedge salads and order them often in restaurants. Thanks for the shout-out for my loaded cauliflower soup!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

      I’ve now got ‘loaded’ recipes on the brain, so good!

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