You've just found your new favorite side dish!
Looking for a fun new side to serve at lunch or dinner time? Our healthy wedge salad is the answer! It’s not your average wedge salad– and we mean that in the best way possible. It’s full of nutritious and delicious ingredients that, when combined, create incredible taste and texture profiles. Once you try it, your idea of what wedge salads “need” to be will never be the same.
Extra Ingredients Make an Even Better Salad
Traditional wedge salads are made with blue cheese dressing. However, because of the extra toppings we added, we decided to go with ranch instead. You can make our homemade ranch, or you can use the store-bought version of your choice.
Classic wedge salad recipes also typically stick with just bacon, tomatoes, and shallots. Our healthy wedge salad recipe offers extra crunchy textures and flavors thanks to the cucumbers, bell peppers, hard-boiled eggs, and chives. Even better, these additional ingredients provide extra nutritional value without tacking on a bunch of excess calories.
Putting this Healthy Wedge Salad Together
Preparing this healthy wedge salad actually starts with the plates! Stick them in the fridge or freezer while you chop and prepare all of your toppings. While this step is not required, it is highly recommended to keep your salad ingredients fresh and cool.
We highly recommend leaving your iceberg lettuce in the refrigerator for as long as possible as well, to ensure that your salad is served super-cold. The colder, the better– just like the steakhouses do it. And while you’re preparing your toppings, remember to dice them as small as possible. Finer pieces will stick to your wedge better, instead of falling off!
When you’re ready to serve your wedge salads, you can remove a couple of the outer leaves to get to the crisper lettuce. Cut the iceberg head in half and then cut it in half again to create four wedges. If your salads just won’t sit steady on your plate, here’s a Pro Tip: cut a small slice off the rounded side of the salad to give it a flat service to sit on!
Now, pull your cold plates out and place a wedge on each one. Drizzle the dressing over the wedges and then sprinkle the toppings over it. For such an easy recipe, it sure does taste incredible!
Turning this Tasty Side Into a Complete Meal
Now the question becomes, “What do I serve with this healthy wedge salad?” The possibilities are almost endless! You can keep it simple and serve it with some grilled chicken or steak. It also pairs exceptionally well with picnic and cookout foods like burgers and barbecue. Here are some main course ideas that we recommend:
Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking! Did you add any tasty toppings or make any swaps? What did you serve in addition to this healthy wedge salad (if anything at all)? Share your ideas with us in the comment section below!
Healthy Wedge Salad
- 1 head of iceberg lettuce
- ½ cup homemade ranch or store-bought
- 4 bacon slices crumbled
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 1 roma tomato finely chopped
- 1 kirby cucumber finely chopped
- ⅓ cup bell pepper finely chopped
- 2 hard boiled eggs finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chives finely chopped
- Remove a couple of the outer leaves, if wilted. Cut the iceberg head in half and then cut it in half again to create four wedges.
- Drizzle the dressing over the lettuce. Then sprinkle the toppings over it. Best served immediately.
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