Healthy Wedge Salad Recipe

This Healthy Wedge Salad is topped with a lower-calorie tangy buttermilk-blue cheese dressing and combines iceberg lettuce with radicchio and romaine. It’s topped with crispy onions and bacon for added crunch.

This Healthy Wedge Salad Recipe is topped with a lower-calorie tangy buttermilk-blue cheese dressing and combines iceberg lettuce with radicchio and romaine. It’s topped with crispy onions and bacon for added crunch. 

The wedge salad is definitely one of my favorite salads.

Typically they consist of a wedge of iceberg lettuce with loads of bleu cheese dressing and crumbles of bacon on top. The iceberg wedge is the perfect vessel for that dressing because when it’s cut open there’s an instant formation of nooks and crannies for that dressing to seep down into. It’s crispy and refreshing, but also after a while, the wedge salad can become a bit boring. It’s also definitely not the most nutritious salad.

This version changes things a bit.

How to Make a Healthy Wedge Salad

This Healthy Wedge Salad is bit more nutritious with the addition of two new lettuces to the mix – radicchio and romaine.

If you’re not familiar with radicchio, it looks like a small head of red cabbage but it’s actually a chicory, and has just a slightly bitter, crisp taste. I love how it livens the traditional wedge salad.

I’m also lightening up the wedge salad by making a tangy buttermilk-blue cheese dressing.

Buttermilk may sound fattening but it’s actually low in fat, high in protein and calcium, and contains probiotics – those beneficial bacteria that help keep your digestive system happy and healthy. I’m combing it with Greek yogurt and a bit of blue cheese to make it decadent and creamy. A splash of vinegar gives it that great tang.

Close up of platter of healthy wedge salad.

One thing I’m not skimping on is the bacon. 

It’s my feeling that you can’t mess around too much with the classic version. If you’d like to lighten things up even further, you can leave out the bacon, halve the amount of bacon, or swap it out with turkey bacon.

To take this Healthy Wedge Salad over the top, I’m also adding some delicious, crispy sautéed red onions. Take note and be sure to spread the onions out well on piece or parchment or a plate while they are cooling, otherwise, they will all stick together and turn into one big mass.

Wedge Salad Recipe

Close up of platter of healthy wedge salad.

Healthy Wedge Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad, wedge salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 large salads
Calories: 279 kcal

This Healthy Wedge Salad is topped with a lower-calorie tangy buttermilk-blue cheese dressing and combines iceberg lettuce with radicchio and romaine. It's topped with crispy onions and bacon for added crunch. 

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Ingredients

Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Crispy Onions

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Salad

  • 1 head radicchio
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 heart romaine
  • 6 strips bacon cooked and crumbled

Instructions

Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing

  1. Add all ingredients to a small mason jar. Shake well to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Crispy Onions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt. Stir and arrange in a single layer. 

  2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 10 minutes, add in the honey and vinegar. Stir and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  3. Increase heat to high and cook for 1 - 3 minutes, until onions become crispy. Immediately remove the onions piece of parchment or dinner plate and spread apart so the onions do not form together in one big mass.

Wedge Salad

  1. Quarter each of the lettuces. Place one quarter of each lettuce on a plate, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with bacon and crispy onions. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Wedge Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 558mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 17.6%
Vitamin C 13.7%
Calcium 12.7%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally published in January 2015. It was updated in April 2019 to add new photographs and content. The wedge salad recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

If you loved this Healthy Wedge Salad Recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

 Wedge Salad Wine Pairing: 

  • The bleu cheese and bitter radicchio in this salad call for a sweeter white wine like Riesling. 

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11 comments

  1. Kim - Liv Life

    Gorgeous photography!! And this recipe? Love!!! My picky college boy would devour this one. Saving for when he comes home!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Anything with bacon is devourable – Right?!

      Reply

  2. Kristen

    Erin, I LOVE this twist on a wedge salad–absolutely fabulous!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Kristen! I’m a huge fan of the caramelized shallots!

      Reply

  3. heather @french press

    I absolutely LOVE wedge salads, and I love your creative twist! Anything a bit healthier after the holidays is a plus for sure

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I totally agree Heather! I’m so ready to dive into some veggies!!!

      Reply

  4. Amanda


    YUM I love a good wedge salad! This looks amazing. I need to try this dressing. I have a feeling I’ll want to put it on everything.

    Reply

  5. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life


    I love that you add radicchio to this wedge salad! And I love that you don’t skimp on bacon. This salad looks so flavorful!

    Reply

  6. jennie lamancuso


    This is my favorite! You make it look beautiful and taste wonderful. Thank you.

    Reply

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