The Wedge Salad

Salads, Small Plates | February 19, 2018 | By

This Wedge Salad delivers big flavor with bacon lardons and home-made blue cheese dressing.

Every once in a while I stumble upon a keto food with the perfect macros that I can’t imagine how I ever lived without. 

My wife and I were out to dinner at The Capitol Grill in Hartford several nights ago and ordered The Wedge Salad. I forgot just how good these can be when they are done right and this one was friken amazing! We don’t often go to high-end steak houses but this place is worth the trip just for the wedge salad.

We are big fans of salads at our home but usually go for the more nutritious lettuce varieties like, Kale, Spinach, Arugula or at least Romaine. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even purchased a head of iceberg lettuce in over 20 years!

It’s time for a change!

In this case, the iceberg in the wedge salad is just a crisp delivery system for the whole-fat yumminess of the blue cheese dressing and bacon lardons.

To do this dish justice be sure to chill down your salad plates and dressing and keep the wedge cold and crisp until right before serving. If you want to go crazy, chill a few salad forks too.

Slab bacon lardons

I can see how this classic wedge salad might even be a meal for some if you add some grilled salmon or chicken but the slab bacon is really all you will ever need. Sometimes, messing with perfection is not always a good idea!

The lardons also adds a nice additional level of crunch to the crisp lettuce so you get to hold the croutons – perfect!




The Wedge Salad
Serves 4
A delicious classic wedge salad that is perfectly Keto
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
1986 calories
41 g
275 g
175 g
69 g
61 g
1396 g
5558 g
25 g
0 g
104 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1986
Calories from Fat 1547
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 175g
Saturated Fat 61g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 42g
Monounsaturated Fat 62g
Cholesterol 275mg
Sodium 5558mg
Total Carbohydrates 41g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 25g
Protein 69g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 large head of Iceberg lettuce
  2. 1 cup crumbled blue cheese, divided (reserve a 1/4 cup)
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream - Full fat
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise (olive oil - Hellmans)
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  8. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  9. 1 clove of garlic
  10. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  11. 1/2 pound smoked slab bacon
  12. 1 large shallot, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds and separated into rings
  13. 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  14. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  15. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place 4 salad plates in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Mash garlic clove with salt with a chef knife against a cutting board to make a paste.
  3. Mash 1/2 of the blue cheese with the back of a fork in a medium bowl until mostly smooth. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, salt, garlic paste, chives, and black pepper, and mix thoroughly until completely combined.
  4. Add half the remaining cheese and mix gently, leaving clumps of cheese here and there. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salad. Make at least 1/2 hour ahead of serving.
  5. Cut smoked slab bacon into 1/8 inch cubes.
  6. Cook the bacon in a single layer in a large frying pan over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and deeply browned and most of the fat has rendered out. Transfer with tongs to the paper towel-lined plates; set aside.
  7. Core the lettuce and cut it into quarters through where the core was. Place a wedge on each of the chilled salad plates. Divide the shallot rings and tomatoes evenly among the plates. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the dressing over each wedge. Add the reserved slab bacon lardons evenly over the salads. Serve immediately.
  1. The dressing can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. Fresh crushed peppercorns are best


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