Chef Salad Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Main Dishes Recipes Salads

Cook time Cook time: 10 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Chef Salad is a classic healthy and hearty meal that everyone easily loves! This unfailing recipe is a great addition for a filling lunch or dinner!

If you want to make more nutritious meals, check out my recipes for: Southwest Salad, Caesar Salad, and Greek Salad.

Classic American Salad Recipe

Chef Salad is one of the easiest ways, among thousands, to make a hearty meal. You can easily create it with just less than ten ingredients in your fridge. 

I personally have the recipe already ingrained in my mind. It is that simple and delicious, that I make it whenever I feel like slacking off but do not want to compromise nutrition. 

In addition, you do not have to grill, bake, or cook anything. All you need are the raw ingredients which makes it extremely time-efficient.

Incorporating this in your weekly meals is a great way to make your household healthier. I highly recommend it and I am excited for you to have a taste of my version of this classic favorite.

Is Chef Salad healthy?

This recipe is extremely underrated when it comes to nutrition. With the combination of greens, vegetables, and meat, you get all the necessary ingredients to start your day. 

Lettuce, boiled eggs, tomatoes, and ham are great breakfast ingredients. With this recipe, you need not cook it with oil which makes it even healthier as there is no added oil fat. 

How to make Chef Salad

  • Prep the greens. Wash, dry, and chop the lettuce. 
  • Assemble. In a serving plate, lay the lettuce first. Afterward, top the plate with the remaining ingredients which may consist of ham, cheese, onions, boiled eggs, tomatoes, corn, and cucumber.
  • Serve. You can choose to drench it with olive oil or dressings. Afterward, serve.

What to serve with American Salad?

This recipe is easily one of the most versatile ones that you could ever make. You can serve it for quick breakfasts, lighthearted lunches, and even in fancy dinners.

If you are going to serve it for dinner, you may want to take a look at these recipes to pair the meal with:

What kind of dressing goes on with it?

Pairing this Chef Salad Recipe with a well-made dressing also goes a long way. You can make the dressing according to your preferred taste whether you like it sweet, salty, or sour. 

The dressing can make or break a meal. Make sure to check out my proven dressing recipes for a tried and tested delicious dips:

How to store it?

A lot of people tend to shy away from making salads as they are unsure how to keep it fresh even as leftovers. However, this should not be the case since they are fairly easy to store. 

Knowing how to keep lettuce fresh and crispy is the trick in preserving its tastefulness. To do so, I place the vegetable in a bow and drape a paper towel over it to absorb excess moisture. I then seal the bowl with a plastic wrap and the lettuce can last for up to three days.

Recipe Tips

  • For additional flavor, you can add seasonings such as salt and pepper. Seasoning the greens and not only the dressing makes the taste of the greens and topping come out. 
  • Iceberg lettuce has always been a classic favorite. However, you can use romaine lettuce and other greens such as spinach and arugula for a varied flavor. 
  • Herbs are also great in getting an additional kick. A dash of oregano, basil, or parsley not only makes it smell fragrant but also taste exquisite.
Image of chef salad with blue cheese dressing.

Chef Salad

Chef Salad is a classic healthy and hearty meal that everyone easily loves! This unfailing recipe is a great addition for a filling lunch or dinner!
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 749kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet



  • 8 cups lettuce iceberg (or romaine)
  • 6 ounces ham (diced)
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese or swiss (diced)
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese (diced)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 4 boiled eggs (sliced)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumber (cut rounds)

Ranch dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Salt and ground black pepper (to taste)


  • Wash and dry the lettuce. Chop it and arrange it on a serving plate.
  • Top with remaining ingredients.
  • Mix the Ranch dressing ingredients and drizzle on top of the salad.
  • Toss to combine and serve.


Calories: 749kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 1557mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2207IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 641mg | Iron: 3mg
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I've been eating a lot more salads now that the weather is so hot. Thanks for the tip about keeping lettuce fresh and crispy!


Gervin Khan

Love this kind of salad recipe, it's delicious, healthy and so easy to make. Thank you!


Crystal Carder

I love salad in the summer months! This one would add a lot of variation to my normal salad recipe, it looks so good!



I just had my salad for dinner, romaine lettuce, red dragonfruit and avocado. It was good but it lack of something. Yours looks so yum!



Chef salads are a favorite during the hot summers we get here in Oklahoma. Serving some chicken breast with it will make my hubby super happy.



This salad looks really good. I love to make all kinds of different salads. I'm always looking to try something new too. I definitely want to try out your recipe.



This salad looks incredible! I am sure my husband will enjoy this salad recipe.


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