Wedge Salad with House Made Ranch

House made dairy free ranch drizzled on a crunchy iceberg wedge.

Better than the one you order at the restaurant!

Who doesn’t love a decadent wedge salad from a steakhouse?! Problem is, the dressing is loaded with dairy, unhealthy oil, and probably uses bacon bits from a package (oh no)! I have brought the solution! House made dairy free ranch drizzled upon a fresh crunchy iceberg wedge, dotted with cherry tomatoes and pork belly lardons!

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 1
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

You Need

For the Dressing

For the Wedge


Make the Dressing

    • Whisk all ingredients for dressing until combined. 
    • Add more plant milk to thin as desired.

Cook the Pork Belly

    • You can find pork belly at your butcher counter. Ask for a small piece, about 1 inch.
    • Slice the piece of pork belly into 1/4 inch wide slices. 
    • Cut each of those slices across the grain into 1/8 inch wide strips. You should have strips that are about 1 inch long and 1/8 inch wide.
    • Over medium low heat, cook the pork belly pieces. 
    • Cooking the pork over a lower heat will allow the fat to slowly render out, resulting in a crispier piece of pork belly!
    • Cook until brown and crisp, turning during the cooking process. 
    • This will take about 10 minutes.
    A lardon is a strip of pork belly, somewhat similar to the shape of a matchstick. You could use thinly sliced bacon here. I feel that the thinly sliced pieces of pork belly elevate this salad to a new level. The pork belly is also more mild than bacon, and is not as smoky in flavor.

Assemble Salad

    • Cut iceberg head in half, then cut in half again. You will be left with a 1/4 wedge of salad.
    • Drizzle lettuce head with salad dressing. Top with cooked pork belly bits and tomatoes. Top with additional chives if desired.
Keywords: wedge salad, ranch dressing, bacon, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce
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