When it comes to side dishes for Wedge Salad, the options can feel endless. There are so many recipes out there, that it can be tough to decide which ones to try. I know this from experience – I’ve spent hours browsing recipes and testing them out in my kitchen.
So, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. These are all sides that I’ve tried recently and enjoyed. Hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas for your next Wedge Salad meal!
Side Dishes For Wedge Salad:
- Wedge salad dressing
- Grilled corn
- Oven-baked cucumbers
- Pan-fried potatoes
- Smoked pulled pork
- Carne asada
- Roast lamb chops
- French onion soup
- Creamy chicken stew
- Baked salmon
Wedge salad dressing
A tasty and rich salad dressing makes all the difference when it comes to wedge salad (or any salad actually).
A dressing for this salad is usually blue cheese-based. I like to use a creamy and slightly tangy dressing.
The key is to not make it too heavy, as you don’t want to mask the flavor of the other ingredients in the salad.
To make a good wedge salad dressing, you’ll need, blue cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and taste as you go along. You can always add more of something if you feel it’s necessary. When you’re happy with the flavor, put it in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
This works as a side dish for a wedge salad, as well as a topping. It’s sweet, slightly charred, and has a lovely crunch to it.
To grill the corn, you’ll need to husk it first. Then, place it on a hot grill for about 15 minutes, turning it on every few minutes.
When it is browned enough, I then cut the kernels off the cob and add them to the salad. However, you can also leave it on the cob and place it on top of the salad.
Cucumbers are a refreshing addition to any dish, and they work particularly well in wedge salads. They have a high water content, which helps to balance out the richness of the other ingredients.
To oven-bake cucumbers, you’ll need to slice them thinly. Then, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and butter.
In addition, you can also season with pepper (I use black pepper) and/or other herbs if you like. Next, bake in a preheated oven at 450F for about 15 minutes or until they are slightly softened.
Potatoes are always a good idea, and they go well with a wedge salad. I like to use small Yukon gold potatoes for this dish.
To pan-fry the potatoes, you’ll need to slice them thinly. Then, heat some oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
This dish also helps to round out the flavor profile of the wedge salad, making it a more complete meal.
In addition, the potatoes soak up the flavors of the other ingredients and their crispy exterior provides a nice contrast to the creamy salad.
Smoked pulled pork
Pulled pork is a type of pork that has been cooked until it is tender. It is often prepared using a slow cooker or oven. The pork is then shredded or pulled apart.
To make this dish, you’ll need to cook the pork in a smoker. I like to use hickory wood for smoking the pork.
Season the smoked pulled pork with salt and pepper before cooking. Additionally, I like to add some paprika, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder for extra flavor.
The key is to not overcook the pork, as it will become dry and tough. The ideal temperature for smoked pulled pork is 195F-205F.
Carne asada is a great side dish for a wedge salad. The ingredients in the dish go well together and the taste is fantastic.
Carne asada is a type of grilled meat that is typically made with steak. It is a popular dish in many Latin American countries and is often served with rice, beans, and tortillas.
The flavorful Carne asada goes well with the layered flavors in the wedge salad. My go-to meat for this dish is skirt steak.
To make the carne asada, you’ll need to marinate the steak in a mixture of orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Then, grill the steak over high heat until it is cooked to your liking. I like mine medium-rare. Once it is
Roast lamb chops
This will elevate your wedge salad from simple to exquisite. The lamb chops add a touch of luxury and are sure to impress your guests.
To roast the lamb chops, you’ll need to season them with salt and pepper. In addition, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the lamb chops. Then, place them on a rack in a roasting pan and roast in a preheated oven at 350F for about 20-25 minutes.
When they are finished cooking, allow them to rest for a few minutes before cutting into them. The juicy, soft lamb chops make a great pair with the crunchy wedge salad.
Furthermore, the salad absorbs the rich flavor of the lamb chops, what a delicious mouthful!
French onion soup
This is a unique and delicious option for a side dish. The soup adds depth of flavor and a bit of heartiness to the salad.
To make the soup, you’ll need to caramelize the onions. This is done by slowly cooking them in butter and sugar until they turn a deep golden brown color.
Next, add the onions to a pot of beef broth and simmer for about 30 minutes. Finally, add some Gruyere cheese and croutons to the soup. You can also add chicken or beef if you like.
The rich flavor of the French onion soup pairs well with the light and refreshing flavors of the wedge salad. To make this soup, I recommend using yellow, red, or white onions.
Creamy chicken stew
This is a great side dish because it can also serve as a dressing for your wedge salad.
To make this dish I use skinless, boneless chicken breasts. I cook them in a mixture of chicken broth, heavy cream, and dry white wine. Then, I add some diced carrots, celery, and onion.
I season the stew with salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley. You can also add other seasonings to taste. If you want some heat, you can add a bit of cayenne pepper.
Once the chicken is cooked through, I remove it from the pot and shred it. Then, I add some flour to thicken the sauce and cook it for a few more minutes.
This is for the fish lovers out there. When baked right, the salmon is moist and tender, a beautiful contrast to the crunchy wedge salad.
I like to season my salmon with a bit of salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Then, I bake it in a preheated oven at 350F. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145F.
You can also bake salmon with garlic butter and breadcrumbs, this adds an extra layer of flavor.
You’ll know the salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
This is another way to round out the wedge salad, to make it more filling.
I like to use skirt steak, but you can also use flank steak, sirloin steak, or tenderloin steak.
To cook the steak, season it with salt and pepper. Then, cook it on a preheated grill over medium-high heat. Keep an eye on your steak so it does not end up overcooked and dry.
The steak will also absorb the dressing used on the salad. This blend is worth trying out when next you have wedge salad.
A list of other options
- Roasted vegetables
- Creamy polenta
- Roasted carrots
- sauteed mushrooms
- Rice pilaf
- Roasted potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
How do you eat a wedge salad?
A wedge salad is typically eaten with a fork and knife. First, cut off a bite-sized piece of lettuce. Then, add your desired toppings and dressing. Finally, eat it like you would any other salad.
What are some common toppings for a wedge salad?
Some common toppings for a wedge salad include bacon, croutons, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and chopped green onions. You can add any toppings you like.
What is a good dressing for a wedge salad?
A good dressing for a wedge salad is usually creamy and flavorful. Some common dressings include blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, and Caesar dressing.
How do you clean iceberg lettuce for wedge salad?
To clean iceberg lettuce, first, remove any damaged or wilted leaves. Then, cut off the bottom of the head of lettuce. Finally, rinse the lettuce under cold water and allow it to dry.
What are some other side dish options for wedge salad?
In addition to the options listed above, you could also serve your wedge salad with roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, quinoa, or rice.
As you can see, there are many different side dish options for a wedge salad. What you serve with your wedge salad is really up to you. Just be sure to choose something that pairs well with the flavors in the salad. Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful.