Heartland Wedge Salad

wedge salad recipeDid you have a good Memorial Day weekend? We had a great weekend with friends, good food, and good company. The weather was perfect and we spent the evening eating outside and listening to the children play. It was very Norman Rockwell if I do say so myself.

This wedge salad is one of those things that is so simple and so delicious that you cannot believe that you did not think of it yourself. One of my absolute favorite restaurants in the world is The Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. They have a wedge salad on their menu, and I order it every time I eat there. The iceburg lettuce is served ice cold and topped with a generous amount of blue cheese buttermilk dressing and crispy crumbled bacon. I cannot tell you how amazing it is.

My friend Cheryl Rule from 5 Second Rule and I were chatting it up in the airport on our way home from Camp Blogaway. We were talking about my upcoming move and how I wanted to get a cookbook that I recently saw featuring recipes from the Midwest, called Heartland. She told me that she had the book and would love for me to have it. How sweet is she? We parted ways, and lo and behold, it showed up in my mailbox a few days later. I love food bloggers, they really are some of the nicest people around. Thank you Cheryl for sending me this gorgeous book, and thank you Judith Fertig for writing it. I have made quite a few things out of it so far, and I swear it makes me that much more excited about moving to the Midwest. The recipes are rustic, homey, and comforting. The photography is stunning as well. Add this book to your cookbook collection. This Heartland Wedge Salad was the first thing to catch my eye and it was a perfect salad that was hearty enough to be a meal, but also really good with a simple grilled chicken or steak.

wedge salad recipeFor the dressing:

4 ounce blue cheese
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (I leave this out and use sour cream instead)
2 Tablespoons buttermilk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 small finely chopped shallot
salt and pepper

For the salad:

1 head iceberg cored and quartered lengthwise
8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 ounces blue cheese
1/2 cup chopped scallions
salt and pepper to taste

heartland wedge salad recipeTo make the dressing, add the blue cheese, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, oil, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and shallots in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Put in a bowl and set aside.

heartland wedge salad recipePlace the wedge of iceberg on the plate and top with the blue cheese dressing. Add the tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, and scallions to the salad. Grind some fresh pepper on the top.

heartland wedge salad recipe

Enjoy your day off! Happy Memorial Day!

Heartland Wedge Salad

Heartland Wedge Salad

Yield: serves 4

Heartland Wedge Salad with Maytag Blue Cheese Dressing - there is a reason why this recipe is a classic.

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 4 ounce blue cheese (preferably Maytag)
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise (I leave this out and use sour cream instead)
  • 2 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 small finely chopped shallot
  • salt and pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 head iceberg cored and quartered lengthwise
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (I used Burger’s Country Pepper Bacon)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, add the blue cheese, cream, sour cream, buttermilk, oil, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and shallots in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Put in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the wedge of iceberg on the plate and top with the blue cheese dressing. Add the tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, and scallions to the salad. Grind some fresh pepper on the top.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Being a midwest gal myself, I can say I *love* wedge salads – I do think the key is serving it ice cold, and the quality of the dressing makes all the difference. Sprinkle it with some bacon and I am in heaven. Thanks for sharing about this cookbook too (Cheryl is the nicest!), I just added it to my wishlist. 🙂

    1. The ice cold thing is a huge part of why this salad is so great. Bacon does not hurt either. This book is beautiful and I think that I could cook the whole thing.

  2. I absolutely knew you would do this book justice!

    Funny, my husband and I went to see Bridesmaids last night (hilarious) and only had 45 minutes to eat dinner beforehand. I ordered a wedge salad and thought: I seriously need to make one of these at home. And now, voila. {cue Wayne’s World theme song}

    1. thank you Cheryl! How weird that you had a wedge salad last night? Well, this recipe is a great one to make at home. Thank you again for the gorgeous book.

  3. Beautiful salad, indeed. I too, have LOVED meeting new people at Camp. You and Cheryl are two of those people. 🙂

    I also order a wedge salad whenever I’m somewhere that serves it. For me, the key is in the dressing. Are you getting packed up now?

    [K]

    1. for me as well! So happy to get to know you better. We are getting ready to move at the end of the week. It was supposed to be tomorrow, but the movers pushed us back a few days. Ugh.

  4. Wow- what a gorgeous salad…looks decadent and amazing.

    1. thank you! It is delicious.

  5. You are moving to Midwest in a couple of days – you are going to be so much closer to your friend in Strongsville, Ohio:) I have not had a wedge salad in years, but I am not immune to its charms:) It was great to meet you at Camp Blogaway!

    1. I know! I am so excited. We already have a few trips planned to see each other. It was nice meeting you as well.

  6. The salad looks amazing, but the dressing sounds incredible. I can’t wait to try the recipe.Beautiful photos.Thanks for a great blog. l love it!

    1. the dressing is so good! Thick and creamy.

  7. What a great way to serve salad, I will definitely try this. Love your photos too.

    1. thank you Alli!

  8. Being a midwest girl at heart myself, (even though I have lived in the south for 30 years) I love this old-fashioned kind of salad! Yours looks just wonderful!
    I also love Maytag Blue but have recently discovered another awesome Blue Cheese – Rogue – it’s made in Oregon and all of the varieties are fantastic but they have a “Smokey Blue Cheese” that is just to die for! If you ever get a chance, give it a try, just amazing! They carry it at Whole Foods.

    1. Thanks for the new cheese recommendation. Smokey Blue Cheese sounds amazing. Will keep my eye out for it.

  9. FANTASTIC pictures! And the salad looks amazingly fresh and creamy and wonderful, too!

    1. thank Lindsay! It is a delicious salad. Perfect for BBQs.

  10. i LOVE wedge salads! this looks great Bree!

    1. @Jenna:I also like wedge salad.Combination with ice cold, and dressing quality makes it attractive and delicious.

    2. thanks Jenna!

  11. Wow, that really looks fantastic! Looks so yummy!

    1. thank you Alex, I think so too.

  12. I have friends who love wedge salad….will send this to them!

    1. please do. 🙂

  13. Hi! I love a yummy wedge salad. Your recipe looks awesome! I have been to Mimi’s and they have a wedge salad that is pretty darn yummy. Bacon, blue cheese and some thin sliced red onion. Really great. I think I will try your recipe at home. My husband doesn’t understand the concept though, he wants to know why I don’t just chop up the lettuce. LOL

    1. thanks Candy! It would not be the same with chopped up lettuce!!

  14. I had one the other day from there! Such a treat even though I could drive downtown more often to get it but it’s a little guilty pleasure 🙂
    Gorgeous pics!

    1. I am very jealous Helene! I could go for a slice of coconut cake right about now too.

  15. what a great recipe. will definitely going to try this for my mom

    1. I hope she likes it. I take it she is not a vegan?

  16. Ohh my goodess this was delcious Bree! I wasnt much of a blue cheese fan until this! Next time I make I was adding some avo!

    1. That is a great idea! I’m not a huge blue cheese fan, but I love it in this.

  17. only one word for you, excellent. Recently I have sympathy with salads. I like the fresh and greasy taste combined with fruits and vegetables

    1. That’s a good way to describe it. 🙂

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