Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe

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

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.

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.

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?

Cheap Wedge Salad
Yield: 4 servings

Cheap Wedge Salad

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


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.

2 Responses to “Cheap Wedge Salad Recipe”

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    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.

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    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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