Chef's Salad


When you're looking for 30-minute meals, consider a chef salad! The combination of meats, veggies, color, and crunch make it an an ever-popular option for a quick lunch or dinner.

Chef's salad
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 cup torn iceberg lettuce or leaf lettuce

  • 4 cup torn romaine lettuce or fresh spinach

  • 4 ounce cooked ham, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, or lamb, cut into bite-size pieces (about 1 cup)

  • 4 ounce 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)

  • ½ 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 Chef's 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 Chef's 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 (per serving)

368 Calories
27g Fat
15g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 730mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 18g
Calcium 292.8mg 23%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 552mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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