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A hearty, delicious salad featuring a homemade ranch dressing, this chef salad is far from boring! It’s incredibly filling and full of exciting healthy ingredients such as avocado, smoked turkey, and fresh cherry tomatoes.

Chef Salad Platter

What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • It’s low-carb and easy to make! Don’t you just love when those two things come together in a recipe? I definitely do. In the 10 minutes it takes to boil the eggs, you’ll have all your veggies, meats, and cheese chopped and ready to go for this healthy lunch. 
  • You can customize this recipe to make a chef salad you’ll definitely enjoy. Use as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like – make it your own!
  • The homemade ranch dressing isn’t mandatory, but HIGHLY recommended. It’s shockingly easy to make too! But seriously, this ranch dressing will take your chef salad to a level you never thought it could go, like out of this world good.
  • I cannot emphasize enough how good you’ll feel after eating this chef salad. All of those crisp, fresh vegetables will give you the nutrients you need to feel your best. While protein from the meat, eggs, and cheese will curb your hunger all the way through to your next meal.

Key Ingredients

Romaine Lettuce – You could use iceberg lettuce if you’d like. We’re looking for crisp and crunchy lettuce to add to the overall texture of this chef salad. Romaine lettuce makes things easy, just wash and tear off pieces into your bowl.

Smoked Turkey – My personal favorite ingredient! You can purchase either smoked turkey slices or an entire smoked turkey breast. It’s the perfect lean protein for this filling salad.

Swiss or Cheddar Cheese – These taste the best in this salad. I prefer buying a block of cheese (as opposed to slices or shreds) then chopping it into 1/2 inch cubes and generously tossing it into my chef salad.

Dressing – A homemade ranch dressing is included in the recipe card, though you can use any homemade or store-bought dressing you’d like!

Chef’s Tips

  • If you decide to make the ranch dressing, assemble that first. Then, let it sit in the fridge while you prep the rest of your chef salad. This lets the flavors of your dressing develop and become even more delicious!
  • There is no right or wrong way to chop the vegetables, meats, and cheese for your salad. Any shape or size you want, it’s really up to you!
  • If you’re making this for a crowd, keep the ingredients separate and serve them on a platter. This way, guests can pick and choose what toppings they’d like!
Chef Salad

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Recipe By: Sam Guarnieri

Chef Salad

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 10 minutes
A hearty, delicious salad featuring a homemade ranch dressing, this chef salad is far from boring! It's incredibly filling and full of exciting healthy ingredients such as avocado, smoked turkey, and fresh cherry tomatoes.
4 servings


  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl


For the Ranch Dressing (Optional)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons parsley minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill minced
  • 1 tablespoons chives minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 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


For the Ranch Dressing (Optional)

  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, dill, chives, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Slowly add in the buttermilk until you reach your desired consistency, set dressing aside while you make your salad.

For the Salad

  • Wash and dry romaine lettuce, then tear into bite-sized pieces and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients and top with dressing.
  • If you’re not making our homemade ranch dressing outlined in this recipe, use 1 cup of any salad dressing you like!
  • Make it Whole30: Use our Whole30 Ranch Dressing recipe and leave out the cheese. Make sure your ham and turkey are Whole30-compliant, too.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Nutritional values shown reflect information for 1 serving. Nutritional values do not include information for any dressing. Macros may vary slightly depending on the specific brands of ingredients used.
To determine the size of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed, then weigh the salad when finished. Divide the total weight (not including the weight of the bowl, pot, or plate the food is in) by 4. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 302calProtein: 22gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 370mgPotassium: 710mgTotal Carbs: 10gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 5gVitamin A: 5775IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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