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Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe

Cheap wedge salad recipe with blue cheese dressing

The classic wedge salad ranks very high in terms of the cheapest salad recipes ever. And it couldn’t be much easier to make. This is a great summer salad that goes well with grilled steak or chicken. You could also throw in some homemade croutons to make it a light main course.

My trick that makes this salad effortless to put together? Buy some of the toppings from the grocery store salad bar. Some – but not all – of the ingredients cost less when you purchase them from the salad bar. My favorite item to purchase pre-made is bacon. All of the flavor, none of the mess, a fraction of the cost.

The Cost

Here’s a breakdown of what I paid:

  • One head of iceberg lettuce = $1.30
  • One half of an avocado = $.50 (a whole avocado was $1.00)
  • Grape tomatoes, bacon bits, and blue cheese from the grocery store salad bar = $1.79

This salad served four, so the total cost per serving? About $.89. How’s that for a cheap salad recipe?

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Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 10 min

I didn't have any ready-made salad dressing at home, so I threw together a simple blue cheese dressing with some ingredients I had on hand. See recipe below.

Ingredients:

For salad:
1 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 avocado, cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons bacon bits
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles

For dressing:
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar

Directions:

To make salad, cut iceberg lettuce head into four equal pieces. Lay each lettuce wedge on a plate. Top with avocado, bacon bits, tomatoes, and blue cheese crumbles.
To make dressing, place all ingredients into a blender and pulse a few times so everything combines. Add a pinch of salt and/or sugar to taste. Spoon dressing over lettuce wedges right before serving.

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2 Responses to “Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe”

  1. 1

    Riley — June 24, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    This is my grandma’s favorite. I think I’ll surprise her and make this for her for dinner this week! Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2

    Mary — June 26, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    My boyfriend doesn’t like pork of any form. So, I just wanted to leave a little comment that I ended up purchasing McCormick’s Salad Toppings as an alternative to bacon bits! Delicious either way! Thank you for the quick and easy recipe that totally rekindled my excitement for salad! ;)

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