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Wedge Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Balsamic

The secret to this simple wedge salad is taking five minutes to reduce your balsamic into a sweet, syrupy treat!

The secret to this simple wedge salad is taking five minutes to reduce your balsamic into a sweet, syrupy treat!

It may be starting to feel like fall around here, but I’ve still got tomatoes on my vines and I’m not surrendering just yet. Besides, it occurred to me that I’ve not once shared my wedge salad recipe with you. Not that wedge salads need much of a “recipe”, but I’ll still claim mine as the best.

The trick to a killer wedge salad is – wait for it – high-quality ingredients. I know, big shocker there, right? But it’s easy to forget that when you’re making something with so few ingredients, those ingredients matter much more than if you were able to “hide” one amidst the others. There’s no hiding with a wedge salad. Fresh tomatoes off the vine, crunchy fresh lettuce and homemade blue cheese dressing is the only way to go.

I like to take my wedge salad even one step further and add a balsamic drizzle. The flavor combination of bacon, blue cheese and balsamic is knock-your-socks-off good and it only takes a few minutes to boil down your vinegar into a sweet, syrupy treat. You can add regular balsamic but it won’t be the same; take the time to reduce it, trust me on this one! You can easily adjust the servings for this salad, too, just by cutting your head of lettuce into eight wedges instead of four. I prefer that size anyway; who needs that much lettuce? Everyone knows it’s the toppings that matter :) But however you take your wedge salad, I’m confident you’ll love this one.

A simple Wedge Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and a 5-minute Balsamic Syrup Drizzle!

Wedge Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Balsamic

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  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • High-quality blue cheese dressing, preferable [homemade|
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2-1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup balsamic reduction
  • 16 or so cherry tomatoes, quartered


  1. Remove core from lettuce. Cut lettuce head in half, then cut each half into quarters. Place on serving tray (or individual plates).
  2. Drizzle each lettuce wedge with dressing and balsamic reduction. Sprinkle with blue cheese, crumbled bacon and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Serve immediately.
Kristy Bernardo
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Sunday 16th of February 2020

I was so excited to try a basalmic reduction rather than just drizzle it out if the bottle. I messed up somehow because once I spooned it on my wedge, it ended up hard and like caramel. I assume it was because I let it sit on the cold lettuce (I was preparing loaded potatoes!).

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

You definitely kept it on the heat too long. Try again but take it off the heat sooner as it will thicken as it cools. It's worth trying again, I promise!


Wednesday 25th of July 2018

Love the receipe! One of my favorite ! Delish !


Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Awesome!! Thank you :)

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Wednesday 9th of December 2015

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Saturday 19th of September 2015

looks great:) thanks for sharing


Tuesday 15th of September 2015

Kristy, During the last month or so before the farm share started this year, my spouse and I found ourselves craving salads and hitting the salad bar at the grocery store. I was blown away to discover wedge salads as one of the offerings. That's more creative than salad bars used to be! Now, of course, I am overrun with greens most of the time (and overrun with tomatoes and squash the rest of the time) so I'm craving fresh new ideas. I love the idea of a balsamic reduction in addition to blue cheese--thanks!

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