Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe
The classic wedge salad is one of the cheapest salad recipes you can make.
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.
Save Money On This Recipe
My trick that makes this salad effortless to put together – and budget-friendly? 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.
Serve this with blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing or this Southern-inspired salad dressing.
Wedge Salad: 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 cents.
How’s that for a cheap salad recipe?
Loving Iceberg Lettuce
In my opinion, iceberg lettuce doesn’t get the love and attention it deserves.
Iceberg lettuce is crispy, juicy, and mild. Due to its mild flavor, it can be combined with so many different dressing flavors and ingredients.
My all-time favorite salad recipe using iceberg lettuce is the 1905 Salad recipe from the Columbia Restaurant in Florida. The toppings are on point, but the main reason I love this salad so much is due to the dressing – which is garlic-heavy, with acid and umami flavors added.
Try it. You won’t regret it.
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1/2 avocado, cut into small chunks
- 2 tablespoons bacon bits
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
For blue cheese dressing
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of sugar
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.