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Chef's Salad

Chef's Salad

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Start to Finish 30 mins

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Drizzle your favorite salad dressing over this 30-minute main dish that combines meat, cheese, eggs, tomato, and sweet pepper. This recipe is versatile enough for lunch or dinner.


  • 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce or leaf lettuce
  • 4 cups torn romaine lettuce or fresh spinach
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or lamb, cut into bite-size pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces Swiss, cheddar, American, or provolone cheese, cut into bite-size pieces (1 cup)
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges, or 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small green or red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup croutons (optional)
  • 1/2 cup bottled French salad dressing, ranch salad dressing, or desired salad dressing


  1. In a large bowl toss greens. Divide greens among four large salad bowls or plates. Arrange meat, cheese, eggs, tomato, and sweet pepper on top of greens. If desired, sprinkle with croutons. Drizzle with some of the salad dressing and pass any remaining dressing. Makes 4 main-dish servings.


  • Italian Chefs Salad: Prepare as above, except use 2 ounces cooked chicken and 4 ounces mozzarella cheese. Omit eggs. Add 2 ounces sliced pepperoni; one 6-ounce jar quartered marinated artichoke heart quarters, drained; and 1/4 cup sliced, pitted ripe olives. For dressing, use a bottled Italian salad dressing or a creamy Italian salad dressing. Makes 4 main-dish servings.


  • Mexican Chefs Salad: Prepare as above, using cooked chicken, beef, or pork and cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese. Omit eggs. Add one 4-ounce can diced green chili peppers, drained, and 1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives. Substitute corn chips for croutons. For dressing, stir together 1/4 cup bottled Thousand Island salad dressing and 1/4 cup bottled salsa.

Nutrition Facts

(Chef's Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 4, chol. (mg) 148, sat. fat (g) 9, carb. (g) 15, Fat, total (g) 27, pro. (g) 18, iron (mg) 2, Potassium (mg) 552, cal. (kcal) 368, calcium (mg) 293, fiber (g) 3, sodium (mg) 730

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