Iceberg lettuce takes center stage with this delicious and fresh wedge salad. This salad couldn’t be easier to make, but will still impress your dinner guests. Keep reading to learn how to make a cheap wedge salad at home.

Cheap wedge salad recipe: How to create a wedge salad on a budget.

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.

Cheap wedge salad recipe with blue cheese dressing: just 89 cents per serving!

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.

The "1905" Salad, from the Columbia Restaurant in Florida. Try this iconic recipe at home!

Cheap wedge salad recipe with blue cheese dressing: just 89 cents per serving!

Cheap Wedge Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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.


For salad

  • 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.

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