the wedge

Poor iceberg lettuce. I mean, it has a terrible reputation, but I can think of many worse things than iceberg lettuce. Nutritional all-star? Hardly. But sometimes a crisp wedge with creamy blue cheese and fresh cracked pepper is just what I want. And just forget the notion that blue cheese dressing is “bad for you”, it happens to be wonderful on iceberg.

The wedge salad was very popular in the 50’s and 60’s when lettuce options were limited and long before there was a wall of greens in the grocery store like we now see.

 Today, some 60 years later, it is starting to show up again on menu’s – coming back as the “retro” wedge. So put on your heels, pearls and apron and get to that wedge!

I can’t say that iceberg makes it into my refrigerator on a regular basis, but when it does? I’ve got my blue cheese and french dressing waiting.

Wedge Salad – 4 servings

  • 1 head Organic Iceberg Lettuce
  • red onion slices
  • tomato slices
  • blue cheese dressing
  • french dressing
  • fresh ground pepper
  • additional add-ons: bacon crumbles, nuts, cheese

Wash head of lettuce and cut into 4 pieces. Add tomatoes and onions as desired and top with dressings. Don’t forget to serve with a knife, you’ll need it!


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13 Comments

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13 responses to “the wedge

  1. thehealthyjunky

    This wedge looks great! I can’t tell you when the last time was that I had a wedge salad!

  2. I love a good wedge salad. It is my husband’s favorite pick when we go out. I completely agree with you too. Such a bad rep, and I say – Come on! It’s still a veggie. There’s good stuff in there and I can think of far worse things like you mentioned

  3. actorsdiet

    sometimes i do crave a iceberg – with french dressing of course!

  4. Mo

    Steak restaurants seem to do it well. Adding fresh cooked bacon and lots o’ blue cheese crumbles. To me, almost better than the steak.

  5. Kate

    have you tried grilling wedges of iceberg or romain? i’ve seen that in a few summer magazines and am very curious.

  6. Love the wedge – no blue cheese tho. I eat it with tomatoes and pinenuts, and ranch 🙂 Although no nutrients, it’s extra water!

  7. I have heard the same – about this lettuce being not high on the nutrition spectrum. Is that a myth?
    It’s high in moisture though – good to consume more in the drier months 😀

  8. I must confess, the “wedge” is something I’ve never quite understood . . . I love bleu cheese, don’t get me wrong, but have NEVER cared for iceberg lettuce! (I didn’t grow up eating the “wedge,” though, so I bet that has something to do with my general distrust of it.) 🙂

  9. I love the wedge! But I’ve never seen the combo of French and Blue Cheese dressing. Sounds kind of amazing! I’m going to have to try that.

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  11. tut

    heels, pearls and iceburg lettuce, makes me think of your grandma, although she only tore lettuce, never cut it!

  12. when i saw the title of this post, i thought it was going to be about the wedge co-op. but i like wedge salads too 🙂

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