Chef Salad
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This chef salad is far from boring! It’s a hearty, tasty salad with a homemade ranch dressing.

It’s filling and packed with nutritious ingredients like avocado, smoked turkey, and fresh cherry tomatoes.

Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?

Chef Salad Delicious
Food: Chef Salad (Source: The Cozy Cook)
  • It’s low-carb and simple to prepare! Don’t you love it when the two elements combine in a recipe? I certainly do. You’ll have all your veggies, meats, and cheese chopped and ready to go for this healthy meal in the time it takes to cook the eggs.
  • You can alter this recipe to produce a chef salad that you’ll love. Make it your own by adding as much or as little of each ingredient as you like.
  • The homemade ranch dressing is optional but strongly suggested. It’s also very simple to make! But honestly, this ranch dressing will elevate your chef salad to new heights you never imagined possible, like out-of-this-world deliciousness.
  • I can’t stress how great you’ll feel after eating this chef salad. All of those crisp, fresh vegetables will provide you with the nutrients you require to function at your best. While the protein in the meat, eggs, and cheese will keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Important Ingredients

Lettuce Romaine – If you like, you can use iceberg lettuce. To add to the overall texture of this chef salad, we’re seeking for crisp and crispy lettuce. Washing and tearing off bits of Romaine lettuce into your bowl makes things simple.

My particular favorite ingredient is smoked turkey. Smoked turkey slices or a complete smoked turkey breast can be purchased. For this hearty salad, it’s the ideal lean protein.

The best cheeses to use in this salad are Swiss or Cheddar. I enjoy getting a block of cheese (rather than slices or shreds) and slicing it into 1/2-inch cubes before throwing it generously into my chef salad.

Dressing – The recipe card includes a homemade ranch dressing, but you may use whatever homemade or store-bought dressing you like!

Chef’s Advice

  • If you want to make the ranch dressing, start with that. Allow it to chill while you finish the rest of your chef salad. This allows your dressing’s flavors to grow and become even more delectable!
  • There is no right or wrong way to chop your salad’s vegetables, meats, or cheese. It’s all up to you in terms of shape and size!
  • Keep the ingredients separate and put them on a dish if you’re serving this to a crowd. This way, guests may pick and select their favorite toppings!

Chef Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes
0 minutes to cook
10 minutes total

This chef salad is far from boring! It’s a hearty, tasty salad with a homemade ranch dressing. It’s filling and packed with nutritious ingredients like avocado, smoked turkey, and fresh cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients For Chef Salad

For the Ranch Dressing (Optional)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons parsley minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill minced
  • 1 tablespoon chives minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk

For the Salad

  • 5 cups romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup baked ham diced
  • ½ cup smoked turkey diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup cucumber sliced
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • ½ cup Swiss cheese diced
  • 1 cup dressing see Notes


  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl


Ranch Dressing Recipe

Chef Salad Healthy
Food: Chef Salad (Source: The Cozy Cook)
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, dill, chives, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the buttermilk until you have the appropriate consistency, then leave aside while you prepare the salad.

For the Salad

  1. Wash and dry the romaine lettuce, then shred it into bite-sized pieces and place it in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the other ingredients and the dressing on top.


  • If you don’t want to make our homemade ranch dressing, use 1 cup of any salad dressing you choose instead!
  • Make it Whole30 compliant: Remove the cheese. Also, make sure your ham and turkey are Whole30-approved.

This recipe serves around 4 people. The nutritional values displayed are for one serving. The nutritional numbers do not contain any dressing information. The macros may differ slightly based on the ingredient brands utilized.

Prepare the recipe as directed, then weigh the completed salad to estimate the size of one serving. 4 times the total weight (not including the bowl, pot, or plate in which the food is served). The weight of one serving will be the result.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 226mg, Sodium: 370mg, Potassium: 710mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 5775IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 2mg, Net Carbs: 5g