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a whole head of iceberg lettuce on a black cutting board

How To Wash & Cut Lettuce For Wedge Salad

  • Author: Emily Dixon, One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Making a wedge salad? From cutting to washing, here’s everything you need to know about how to prepare lettuce for wedge salad.


  • 1 head iceberg lettuce


  1. Wash The Lettuce. Start by washing the outside of the lettuce in cold water.
  2. Remove the outer layers of lettuce (any outer leaves that looks wilted, damaged, or extra dirty).
  3. Trim off the tip of the stem, if needed (this sometimes looks an almost rusty-brown). Don’t cut off the whole stem end, just the rusty-looking tip.
  4. Use a long knife to cut the lettuce in half top to bottom, through the stem end.
  5. Cut each half into 2-3 wedges (3 for a large head of lettuce, or 2 for small/medium).
  6. Gently rinse each wedge of lettuce, letting the water run between the layers of lettuce to rinse them out. Drain extra water and set aside.
  7. Serve or store. Use the wedges right away for wedge salad, or store in a zip-top bag in the fridge with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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