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 wedge salad that can be prepped ahead for a crowd

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.

Is iceberg lettuce healthy?

  • 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

Big beautiful salads are my love language!

3.44 from 88 votes

Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

The Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is ~ a 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!
Course lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately with extra dressing.
  • Note: You can make individual salad plates instead of the platter if you like.

Cook's notes

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.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


loaded wedge salad pin



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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  • Reply
    Sedona gal
    March 8, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Looks delish, I personally add candied pecans or walnuts to mine. The hint if sweetness is nice to counter balance the savory!
    Love your presentation too!

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    May 9, 2019 at 6:27 am

    The salad itself was delicious but I wasn’t a fan of the dressing. Any suggestions on how to jazz it Up?

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

    Such a perfect wedge salad, love the presentation!

  • Reply
    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!!!!!

    • Reply
      April 10, 2018 at 8:45 pm

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

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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
      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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