Under 30 Minutes

Chef's Salad

Main-course salads can be decidedly unvirtuous. So use light mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream in the dressing to pare down calories where they won't be missed.

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  • Servings: 4
Chef's Salad

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds romaine lettuce hearts (2 to 3 hearts)
  • 8 ounces cooked turkey breast, not sliced
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, not sliced
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, not sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 scallion
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. In the morning: Heat a large skillet over medium. Add bacon, and cook until browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool. Place in a resealable plastic bag; store at room temperature.

  2. Cut romaine into 1-inch ribbons; wash well, and dry. Place in a resealable plastic bag; refrigerate. Cut turkey, ham, and cheese into bite-size strips. Place in an airtight container; cover, and refrigerate.

  3. Squeeze lemon into a small bowl. Mince scallion; add to bowl, along with sour cream, mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate.

  4. At dinnertime: In a large bowl, combine lettuce, meats, and cheese. Add dressing, and toss to coat. Serve salad topped with crumbled bacon.


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