Have you ever had a loaded iceberg wedge salad?
Growing up, the only lettuce I'd eat was iceberg. As I got older and tried to make better choices, I started going for more nutritious lettuces, like Romaine. Iceberg was still my favorite flavor though.
Then there was all that drama about Romaine lettuce killing people. If you don't remember that, I'm sure Google will remind you. So I ran back to iceberg lettuce and haven't looked back since! I don't care if it's primarily water. Water is good for you too! My favorite way to eat iceberg lettuce is in a loaded iceberg wedge salad.
This very sophisticated looking loaded iceberg wedge salad is super easy to make. It's all about the layering. First, begin with lettuce.
Start by coring the head of lettuce and cutting it into quarters. You can core it with a knife, but I find it easiest to just bang the stem on the counter once or twice. It breaks and then I just pull the core right out. Each head of lettuce will make 4 wedges.
Next, I load the wedge up with dressing. You'll want to be generous with the dressing because there are so many layers in a wedge of iceberg lettuce. I can't stand getting to the end of my salad and only having dry lettuce left over.
I prefer to use homemade blue cheese dressing. (Click for my recipe!)
Next, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. I use a light version when I make loaded iceburg wedge salad because the blue cheese dressing is so rich. I find that Ken's Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette tastes the least like light dressing that I can find.
Next, I top the salad with crumbled blue cheese and cooked bacon. (Because if you're going to eat lettuce for lunch, you have to make it worth it!)
Finally, I add halved grape tomatoes for garnish and a little extra flavor.
Just in case you were wondering, this salad tastes twice as good as it looks!
Of course, you can put whatever your heart desires on your salad. Other meats, cheeses, and dressing choices are fine too! You might like yours with the addition of some banana peppers, onions, or olives!
Any way you slice it (see what I did there?) you'll love this loaded iceburg wedge salad with homemade blue cheese dressing.
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Well, it wouldn't be iceberg wedge salad without the iceberg lettuce, but this salad is delicious using any type of lettuce or fresh greens.
I wouldn't suggest storing the already made salad, as the lettuce will lose its crisp. You can store the toppings each in their own airtight containers in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
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