Food

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Whip up a steakhouse favorite at home with this quick and easy recipe for Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing.

My dad loves a good wedge salad. The kind that’s loaded up with extra dressing, an abundance of blue cheese crumbles and plenty of crispy bacon bites. And I am a fan, right there with him!

Iceberg lettuce leaves much to be desired. As the cheapest of the greens, it’s a common salad filler that’s often times lifeless and limp.

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

But find a good, crispy head of iceberg lettuce and you are well on your way to the best wedge salad to ever hit your lips.

Before we get to the toppings, let’s talk homemade buttermilk and blue cheese dressing. This creamy, tangy, garlicky mix is almost everything you need to dress up an ice-cold wedge. It comes together in minutes and can be stashed in the fridge while you whip up the real stars of the show …

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Cherry tomatoes cooked in bacon fat. I repeat: tomatoes cooked in bacon fat.

Sweet tomato juice and salty bacon make for one heck of a combo. Homemade croutons are an optional but welcome addition for even more crunch.

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

The various components of this iceberg wedge salad can be prepped in advance and then assembled right before serving, making this wedge only minutes away from your dinner table. It’s crunchy, cool and ready to give your local steakhouse menu a run for its money.

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients

For the buttermilk dressing:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups blue cheese crumbles, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire

For the salad:

  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, quartered
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought croutons (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Instructions

Make the dressing:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except for 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles. Process the ingredients until the dressing is smooth then stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles. (Alternately, you can whisk together the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.)

Taste and season the dressing with salt and pepper then set the dressing aside.

Make the salad:

Add the bacon to a large sauté pan set over medium heat. Cook the bacon, draining the grease as needed, until all the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve the bacon drippings.

Return about 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings to the sauté pan then turn the heat to high. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring, until they are blistered. Remove the tomatoes from the heat.

To assemble the salad, place a dollop of dressing down on each plate. (This will ensure the iceberg wedge stays in place.) Set a wedge of lettuce on each plate and top it with the prepared dressing, tomatoes, bacon, croutons and chives.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 968Calories from Fat 765
  • % Daily Value*
  • Fat 85g131%
  • Saturated Fat 30g188%
  • Cholesterol 129mg43%
  • Sodium 1684mg73%
  • Potassium 791mg23%
  • Carbohydrates 25g8%
  • Fiber 3g13%
  • Sugar 9g10%
  • Protein 26g52%
  • Vitamin A 1908IU38%
  • Vitamin C 24mg29%
  • Calcium 410mg41%
  • Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1 day-old baguette
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Melt butter and garlic together over low heat.
  • Cut baguette into bite-size pieces, pour melted butter and garlic onto bread cubes and toss to coat. Season with salt and spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  • Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until toasted.
  • Remove the croutons from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheets before serving or store in a sealed container for up to three days.