Wedge Salad, Updated

This is a simple meal. It can be tossed together in less than 15 minutes, and hits all the flavor components one needs…well, ever.
Take a package of bacon and lay it it on a tray.
Bake it at 350 degrees until the bacon is crispy – about 5 minutes. Please note that the bacon MUST be crispy…no limp, fatty pieces will do here.
When the bacon is brown on the edges, but still a light pink in the middle, take it out and put it on a plate between layers of paper towels to soak up any unwanted grease.

While the bacon cools, take a head of iceberg lettuce that is tightly closed and heavy for its size, and whack it on your counter.
Then pull out the core – it should pop right out after you whack it…

What, like I wasn’t going to say that?

Remove the outer, darker leaves, and chop the rest up into shreds.
Toss in some quartered cherry tomatoes (big slices just don’t work here…need the smaller tomatoes)
And a couple of sliced avocados – no brown, fibery ones, please. We just scooped those ugly parts out and didn’t serve them.
And, I mean, you can throw on some finely diced Vidalia onion if the onion is so sweet it is like an apple. Anything more pungent just won’t work here.
Then you chop up the bacon into small but not tiny pieces, and…
Before you toss it on the salad, you might want to eat a piece of extra crispy bacon with some fresh pineapple. The salty, sweet, tart, meaty flavor is pretty freakin awesome.

And top it all with Blue Cheese Dressing.

This is a perfect combination of flavors. Crispy lettuce, salty bacon, sweet tomatoes, smooth avocado and pungent Blue Cheese. The onion adds JUST a hint of bite that makes the tomatoes seem even sweeter. Don’t use spinach here, or pancetta. Don’t use imported San Marzano Tomatoes or avocado foam. Don’t embarrass it by adding a Roquefort Vinaigrette. Just keep it simple.
Did a recipe this simple need its own post? Perhaps not.
But it sure as hell deserved it.


  1. Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner says:

    Gosh I love the crispness of a perfect wedge salad! Nothing like that iceberg cold crunch. This is the best update I've seen 🙂

  2. JustinM says:

    What the hell is "unwanted" grease?

  3. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Andie-thanks lady! I love that crunchy iceberg too…so uncool but SO delish!
    @Justin-just something I heard once…don't really know what it is myself…