Chef Salad

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Chef salad is an easy, healthy and delicious way to enjoy leftover meat and vegetables. You are the chef and can make it any way you like!

A chef salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, ham, bacon, and a hard boiled egg

What is a Chef Salad?

A Chef Salad (or Chef’s Salad) got it’s name from restaurant chefs throwing together a salad from whatever was available in the kitchen. No one knows for certain which restaurant the first recipe originated in, but it is speculated that it was at the Ritz Carlton in New York. It usually consisted of lettuce, cheeses, deli meats, hard boiled eggs, and vegetables. 

Chef Salad vs. Cobb Salad

Chef salad and cobb salad are very similar. In fact, some might argue the only difference is the addition one avocado. A classic chef salad recipe doesn’t usually include avocado. It is also argued that chef’s salads also shouldn’t include tomatoes. Cobb salads may have more intense flavors like blue cheese and bitter greens. 

Common Toppings

Chef salad ingredients can vary greatly depending on who is making the salad. There is no one perfect way to make it. The easiest thing to do is just cobble up whatever ingredients you have, whether it be sandwich toppings or chicken dinner leftovers, and add it to a bed of lettuce. All the ingredients are cut into bite-sized pieces for easier eating with a fork. Here are some common toppings:

Lettuce, ham, cheese, cucumbers, ranch dressing and other ingredients to make a Chef Salad

Lettuce: Romaine, iceberg lettuce, or any kind of green leaf lettuce will work great

Meat/Protein: Ham, turkey, roast beef, bacon, chicken (rotisserie, grilled, or fried), and/or hard boiled egg

Cheese: cheddar, Swiss, or pepper Jack

Vegetables: Cucumber, cherry or grape tomatoes, carrots, and/or peas 

What Dressing is Best?

You can put any kind of dressing you like on a chef salad. From oil-based dressings to creamy dressings. You really can’t go wrong. Here are some common dressings:

A clear salad dressing pitcher with homemade Ranch dressing

What to Serve with Chef Salad

Chef salad can be an entire meal on its own. On restaurant menus it usually is served as an entree rather than a side salad. However, if you want to serve it as a side salad, you can serve it alongside chickensteakfish, or as a co-entree (is that a thing?) with your favorite soup!

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How to Make a Chef Salad

A chef salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, ham, bacon, and a hard boiled egg

Chef Salad

Chef salad is an easy, healthy and delicious way to enjoy leftover meat and vegetables. You are the chef and can make it any way you like!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare ham, cheese, and vegetables by chopping into cubes or bite-sized slices.
    Lettuce, ham, cheese, cucumbers, ranch dressing and other ingredients to make a Chef Salad
  • Place lettuce in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.
    A chef salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, ham, bacon, and a hard boiled egg
  • Serve with ranch dressing or your favorite salad dressing.
    A clear salad dressing pitcher with homemade Ranch dressing next to a chef salad

Nutrition Information

Calories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 24gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1250mgPotassium: 502mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4757IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 271mgIron: 2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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