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Chef’s Salad Recipe

Chef's Salad Recipe

Chef salad (or chef’s salad) is a traditional American salad.  One of its main components is the inclusion of one or more meats such as ham, turkey, chicken, or roast beef.  Second important components are the cheeses, the ones often used are cheddar and Swiss cheese.  Tomato, hard-boiled egg and cucumber are also added.  The sliced ingredients are placed upon a bed of tossed lettuce or other leaf vegetables.  A variety of dressing can be used with this salad.

The salad owes much of its popularity to Louis Diat, chef at the Ritz-Carlton, for having included a chef’s salad recipe in a cookbook named, “Cooking a la Ritz”.  He did not invent the salad for there are similar older recipes in existence, but its inclusion on the menu at the Ritz-Carlton paved the way for it being brought to the public and becoming an American classic. Enjoy!

Servings: 4

Chef’s Salad Recipe


  • ½ head Lettuce (use your favorite lettuce Boston lettuce, Romaine or Curly lettuce)
  • 2 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced (or grated)
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 hard boiled egg, sliced
  • ½ cup cooked/fried chicken (breast fillet), cut into julienne strips
  • ½ cup julienned cooked ham (or turkey, roast beef)
  • ¼ cup julienned strips cheddar cheese (or mozzarella cheese, swiss cheese)
  • For Dressing:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (optional)


  1. Wash lettuce in running water, drain; chop into bite-size pieces. Transfer on a salad platter and arrange together with tomato, cucumber, onion, and green bell pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Make the Dressing: Mix yogurt with lemon juice; season with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, and dill. 
  3. Upon serving: Drizzle dressing over the arranged salad.
  4. Arrange meats, cheese, and eggs on top. Serve and enjoy!