Recipe: Chef Salad

I love salads… and with the holidays finally over… eating light again is a welcome change…. Mind you it’s also comfort food season… so I figure the salads balance it out… and what better way than with a Chef Salad.

Now for a bit of trivia… according to Wikipedia… “the chef salad was likely created by chef Victor Seydoux at the Hotel Buffalo, a Statler Hotel in Buffalo, New York. Although the origin of the salad is not generally known, according to the widow of Victor Seydoux, the salad was officially launched at the Hotel Buffalo. Chef Seydoux, who was responsible for running the kitchen on a tight budget, began using some of the small slices of meats and cheeses in a salad he served to select customers. When the customers started requesting it regularly, the hotel decided to add it to the menu. Giving chef Seydoux the honor of naming the salad he is purported to have said…Well it’s really a chef’s salad.”

A Chef Salad is a salad consisting of a bed of lettuce with cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes and strips of deli meats and cheeses on top with a sliced hard-boiled egg. Croutons are also put on the salad. The meats can be a combination of roast beef, ham, turkey or chicken. The traditional dressing for the salad was Thousand Island dressing, however, today it is served with other dressings as well.

This makes a wonderful lunch or dinner…. use any dressing you like…. including any low fat or low calorie dressing.


Recipe: Chef Salad

All you need:

Deli meats of your choice, sliced and cut into strips
Cheese (Swiss, Provolone, Jack, or any other of your choice), sliced and cut into strips
1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and sliced
Chopped tomato
Sliced cucumber
Sliced radish
Dressing of your choice

All you need to do:

On a large plate, arrange a bed of lettuce.

On top of the lettuce arrange the remaining ingredients.

Serve with a dressing.

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