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 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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