2013 – Gluten Free Living
This is a fabulously hearty main dish salad with a delicious homemade salad dressing that has a whole lot more veggies than most Chef Salads do. I wanted lots of cheese, ham and turkey on this salad, but I also wanted a lot of veggies so I added quite a few along with hard boiled eggs and a tasty dressing. This salad is packed with protein since it has three cheeses, two meats, hard boiled eggs, and spinach along with other veggies that contain protein. Besides that, if you’re trying to eliminate gluten or sugar from your diet this recipe is great since the dressing has no sugar or sweeteners.
The salad is my concoction but the dressing is inspired from Columbia Restaurant’s “1905″ salad dressing ingredients. We’ve increased the white wine vinegar to give the dressing a little more bite and doubled the ingredients for a salad of this size. This great salad can serve at least 12 people or if you’re trying to watch your weight you can have it for several meals. I pat dry the lettuce and other ingredients during the making of the salad because that helps protect it from decomposing too quickly. It will last several days in the refrigerator if you don’t add the dressing to the whole salad. Otherwise, if this amount is too much for your family, cut the recipe in half.
We really like this wonderful salad with its zesty salad dressing. I especially like the fact that it doesn’t have sugar, but if you can’t eat dressings unless they are sweet you could add 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar to the dressing and make it sweeter. I would recommend cutting your cheese in cubes or julienned rather than using shredded cheese as it provides more texture and the bulk helps in providing a more cheesy taste.
This is an amazing and tasty salad. Why don’t you give this delicious salad a try soon? It’s a great way to start the New Year for anyone trying to eat healthier and have a lower calorie and gluten free meal. Adding more salads and soups to your diet is a great way to start eating healthier and lose weight. Try it. You’ll like it!
Here’s a look at this delicious salad after it’s been tossed.
This is a pungent rather than a sweet dressing. It’s very tasty and easy to make.
Here I’ve added the dressing to the salad.
You can see all the lovely veggies on this plate. Every mouthful has so many different textures.
Here’s what I did.
Place spring mix in a large salad bowl. I pat dry the lettuce to make sure it isn’t moist.
Add tomatoes. I was trying to use up the campari tomatoes otherwise I would have used a whole container of grape tomatoes. As it was, I used four campari tomatoes cut in fourths and about half of a container of grape tomatoes.
Add a handful of carrot chips.
Add a sprinkling of red cabbage. It’s not only healthy but adds great color and texture to the salad.
Add miniature red, orange, and yellow bell pepper rings.
Add a cucumber that’s sliced and quartered.
Add kalamata olives and mild banana pepper rings.
Here I’ve added the pepper rings.
Here I’ve added the olives.
Add cubed provolone cheese. I didn’t have any so I used tomato basil mozzarella cheese instead.
Add Swiss cheese.
I used 6 slices of peppered roast turkey, cut in 1/2″ x 1/2″ pieces.
Add peppered turkey.
I used 3 slices of Black Forest ham cut in 1/2″ x 1/2″ pieces.
Here’s one more look.
Grate romano cheese.
Add romano cheese.
Add hard boiled eggs.
To make salad dressing: Start with olive oil.
Add minced garlic from a jar.
Whisk ingredients together.
Add white wine vinegar.
Add Worcestershire sauce.
Add the juice of 2 lemons.
Here’s the juice. Add to the rest of the salad dressing ingredients and whisk together.
Here the salad is ready to serve.
So yummy, filling, and satisfying.
Here I’ve tossed the salad.
We love the crunchiness of this salad!
Here’s another view. I’ve increased the amounts and kinds of veggies so there’s a lot in every bite.
Here’s a close up view of the salad on a plate with dressing added.
Here’s another look.
Lots of meat, cheese and veggies in this delicious salad.
The dressing has a nice zip to it. We really enjoyed this salad.
Here’s the recipe.
FABULOUS CHEF SALAD
(My own concoction based on the popular salad)
12-oz. spring mix
4 campari tomatoes, cut in fourths (I would use about 8 and eliminate the grape tomatoes but this was all I had)
½ pkg. grape tomatoes
1 cucumber sliced and cut in fourths
¾ cup carrot chips
½ to 2/3 cup shredded red cabbage
6 slices sliced peppered turkey, cut in ½” x ½” pieces
3 slices Black Forest ham, cut in ½” x ½” pieces
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
2/3 cup provolone cheese, cubed (I used basil tomato mozzarella cheese, cubed, because I didn’t have provolone)
8 small miniature bell peppers, sliced in rings (red, orange and yellow)
2/3 cup kalamata olives, patted dry
½ cup mild pepper rings, patted dry
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled, cooled, cut in fourths
1 cup grated romano cheese
Place spring mix in large salad bowl. Layer with tomatoes, red cabbage, carrot chips, cucumbers, miniature bell peppers, olives, mild salad pepper rings. Add turkey, ham, provolone cheese, Swiss cheese, and romano cheese. Top with hard boiled eggs. Toss salad before serving. Serve on plates, then add dressing as desired. Makes enough for 12 large servings.
(Inspired by Columbia Restaurant’s “1905” salad dressing recipe)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup white wine vinegar
2 tsp. minced garlic from a jar
4 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. Kosher salt
½ tsp. pepper
Juice of two lemons
4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Mix olive oil, garlic and oregano. Whisk together. Add salt, pepper, vinegar, lemons and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk again until well mixed. Stir well before serving.
Time to eat and enjoy!
This delicious salad dressing is quite easy to prepare.
Here’s a look at this Fabulous Chef Salad!
I’ve saved you a serving! Come eat!
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