There is something about the combo of classic Vegetable Beef Soup and this Unwedged Wedge Salad in a Jar that makes me all kinds of nostalgic. Neither of these recipes are particularly fancy, and you probably wouldn’t serve them to guests. But they are warm, comforting, and über-tasty (like the best comfort food always is).
This Unwedged Wedge Salad is one of my favorite salads for when I’m looking for a little bit of comfort food, but still craving something light and nourishing—this salad is rich and satisfying in a way that not many other salads are. It’s packed full of flavor and texture. It’s a classic for a reason!
What exactly is a wedge salad?
A wedge salad is a steakhouse classic—it’s a quarter of a head of iceberg lettuce (the “wedge” part), topped with crumbled bacon, tomatoes, green and red onions, and blue cheese, and then drizzled with either ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. You eat the salad steak-style, with a knife and fork.
What is a mason jar salad, and why should I make them?
Mason jar salads take all the hassle out of making salad, so you can pack in your veggies at lunchtime. Just layer all your salad components in a jar, screw on the lid, and stash in the fridge until you’re ready to eat! We have a comprehensive post with all the information you need to build a perfect salad in a jar if you want to know more.
Hold up, I don’t want to eat limp, soggy greens!
And you won’t have to, if you pack the layers in the right order. To keep this Unwedged Wedge Salad in a Jar fresh and crisp, be sure to keep the wet ingredients (the dressing and tomatoes) far away from the lettuce. The onions and bacon will shield the greens from getting wet. Just don’t tilt the jar until it is time to eat, and you’ll be all set!
What’s the best dressing for a wedge salad?
There are two factions of wedge salad eaters—those who use ranch dressing, and those who use blue cheese dressing. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: they’re both totally delicious! In fact, sometimes I go wild and mix half ranch with half blue cheese for these salads.
Do I have to use iceberg lettuce in this salad?
A wedge salad is traditionally made with iceberg lettuce, but there is no reason you can’t sub in any other good, crisp lettuce. I like using romaine or green leaf lettuce—or a combination of all three!
What should I serve with this?
I love serving up this salad with Vegetable Beef Soup for a really easy prep-ahead lunch. This salad is also wonderful alongside steak, pork chops—or any other steakhouse favorites!
How long will this salad last in the fridge?
Because of the bacon, I wouldn’t make this Unwedged Wedge Salad in a Jar more than 3-5 days in advance. Enjoy!