This article was updated on 7/8/2023 for clarity and freshness.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your wedge salad, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for a wedge salad.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with wedge salad are rib-eye steaks, lamb skewers, twice-baked potatoes, and Greek lemon chicken. For something simple, try a honey BBQ meatloaf. For unique salad toppers, try refrigerator pickles or roasted chickpeas.
Hearty main dishes
Wedge salads are light and crisp, making them the perfect contrast to hearty main dishes like steak and lasagna. And it’s not as boring as a handful of arugula.
Skillet rib-eye steaks
With a steak like rib-eye, you don’t need much to make it tasty – lots of butter, some salt and pepper, and a pinch of fresh rosemary do the trick.
The trick is to baste the steaks as they cook to get that gorgeous crust.
Serve this alongside a crisp wedge salad for a steakhouse dinner in the comfort of your own home.
Why we love this recipe: it’s restaurant-quality.
Apple herb-stuffed turkey breast
Turkey isn’t only for Thanksgiving — you can serve it for a regular weekend dinner too.
The key is to use turkey breast. It still takes about an hour to roast, but it’s far less time than if you’re cooking the whole bird. Plus, the apple herb stuffing gives this dish a festive touch, and you can get even more festive by pairing it with a cranberry-topped wedge salad.
Why we love this recipe: it will make any day of the year feel special.
Twice-baked potatoes with cream cheese
Twice-baked potatoes and wedge salads are both steakhouse favorites, so why not serve them together?
The wedge salad’s iceberg lettuce provides a fresh, crisp bite that perfectly contrasts with the tender potatoes and their decadent filling.
The catch with these is they take a bit more time than regular baked potatoes. But trust me, they’re worth the wait.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a basic recipe you can customize to your preference.
Cherry cola spare ribs
Everyone has their go-to ribs recipe, but this version from Over The Fire Cooking is a must-try.
It features a BBQ sauce made with cherry cola, cherry preserves, vinegar, and chipotle seasoning. Once the ribs are slathered and baked with this sauce, it becomes a sticky glaze with a sweet-tangy kick that’ll have your taste buds coming back for more.
Sounds divine, right?
Why we love this recipe: the glaze will have everyone licking their fingers.
Honey BBQ meatloaf
There are various meatloaf recipes out there, but this recipe is one of my favorites.
There are no real surprises or secret ingredients, only a tried and tested recipe that will be delicious every time you make it. A slice of this will take you back to simpler days.
Serve with a side of wedge salad for a nourishing comfort meal.
Why we love this recipe: it calls for easily accessible ingredients.
Lamb and halloumi skewers
Introduce a tasty Greek flair to your wedge salad with these lamb and halloumi skewers.
The lamb and halloumi cubes are soaked in a simple lemon and rosemary marinade before being grilled. This step infuses them with a bright, zesty flavor that’ll remind you of summer regardless of the current season.
Pssst… want to make this vegetarian? Skip the lamb and use tofu instead.
Why we love this recipe: everyone loves halloumi.
Lasagna requires a bit more work than other pasta dishes, but it’s the perfect treat. It’s decadent, tasty, and can easily feed a crowd.
This recipe from Spend With Pennies features a classic version, complete with layers of meaty tomato sauce and ricotta cheese sandwiched between al dente pasta sheets. Are you drooling yet?
Enjoy a generous serving with a wedge salad for a balanced and satisfying dinner.
Why we love this recipe: lasagna is a great make-ahead dish. You simply have to freeze and reheat it upon serving.
If you’re not up for something heavy, wedge salads also pair great with lighter, leaner proteins like seafood and poultry. These dishes are filling enough to turn your wedge salad into a complete meal, without leaving you feeling overly full.
Grilled lobster tails
Go all out and make some lobster tails to go with your wedge salad.
Grilling gives the lobster flesh a delectable smokiness that pairs superbly with the creamy dressing on the wedge salad.
Foodie Crush also goes the extra mile and brushes the lobsters with smoked paprika-infused butter before grilling. It sounds simple, but it intensifies the smoky flavors further. Not a fan of smoked paprika? No worries, you can also use other spices like cayenne for heat or even Italian seasoning for an herby touch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s luxurious food that’s easy to make.
Greek lemon chicken
If you want a lighter protein to pair with your wedge salad, this Greek lemon chicken is the way to go.
The key to perfecting this dish is soaking the chicken in the herb marinade for at least two hours. This infuses the meat with a bright, citrusy note that is perfect for summer. Don’t leave the chicken for more than five hours, though — it’ll make the meat tough and no one wants that.
Psst… you can also use boneless chicken thighs, but you’ll have to adjust the grilling time.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms a simple ingredient into something super delicious.
This recipe is an easy and tasty way to jazz up your good old baked salmon. It involves soaking the salmon filets in a balsamic and dijon marinade, then topping them with buttery pecans and roasting them.
These additions are simple, but they bring a major flavor and texture boost to the simple filets.
Enjoy these tender, crunchy filets with a side of a wedge salad for a nourishing meal.
Why we love this recipe: you can have it on the table in 20 minutes.
Grilled portobello mushrooms
Got vegan or vegetarian friends coming over? Whip up these grilled portobello mushrooms for them.
Portobello mushrooms have a distinct texture that’ll remind you of meat. They’re also naturally packed with umami goodness, but Food With Feeling takes them a step further with a simple balsamic vinegar and soy sauce marinade.
And while you’ve got the grill up and running, other veggies that work well include zucchini, onions, and peppers.
Why we love this recipe: it’s very easy to make.
Why not make wedge salad the main attraction? You can use these add-ons to bulk up the salad and add different flavors and textures.
Add some crunch to your wedge salad with these roasted chickpeas. They’re like croutons, thanks to their crunchy bite, but with far fewer calories.
Aline Made uses a mix of cumin and smoked paprika to flavor these chickpeas, giving them a bold, earthy taste. But you don’t need to stick with this. You can play around with different combos, like garlic and parmesan, or even ranch seasoning powder to flavor these crunchy morsels.
Why we love this recipe: you can snack on them for days afterward.
Garlic dill refrigerator pickles
I always have a jar of these refrigerator pickles sitting in my fridge so I can pull them out whenever I need a last-minute side.
You can enjoy them as a palate cleanser on the side of your salad, or you can sprinkle them on the salad for extra tartness.
And the best part? They’re so easy to make. There’s no canning process involved. You simply have to slice the cucumbers and then leave them to sit in the pickling solution for at least 12 hours before digging in.
Pro-tip: use Kirby or English cucumbers for best results.
Why we love this recipe: they’ll last for weeks in the fridge.
What To Serve With Wedge Salad [39 Ideas]
- 1 portion skillet rib-eye steaks
- 1 portion garlic dill refrigerator pickles
- 1 portion honey bbq meatloaf
- 1 portion grilled lobster tails
- 1 portion cherry cola spare ribs
- 1 portion greek lemon chicken
- … and more
- Prepare your wedge salad according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: skillet rib-eye steaks, apple herb-stuffed turkey breast, twice-baked potatoes with cream cheese, roasted chickpeas, grilled lobster tails, greek lemon chicken, pecan-crusted salmon, cherry cola spare ribs, garlic dill refrigerator pickles, honey bbq meatloaf, and lamb and halloumi skewers.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!