Fresh Chef Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing - Be Creative

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Oct. 05, 2012

This salad is so easy you don't need a recipe. Whether eating it at home or taking it on the go.


For the ranch dressing
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) , mince
Mayonnaise 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Sour cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Low fat butter milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Fresh parsely 1 Tablespoon , chopped finely
Fresh dill 2 Teaspoon , chopped finely
Scallions/Chives 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Seasoning blend To Taste (Grand diamond seasoning)
Kosher salt To Taste
Black pepper To Taste
For the salad
Lettuce 1 Cup (16 tbs) , chop
Romaine lettuce 1 Bunch (100 gm) (baby romaine)
English cucumber 1 Cup (16 tbs) , slice
Carrots 1 Small , shave
Mushrooms 1 Cup (16 tbs) , slice
Red cabbage 1 Cup (16 tbs) , shredded
Red pepper/Yellow pepper 1 Cup (16 tbs) , slice
Fresh basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs) , chopped finely
Pepper jack cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs) , grated
Cheddar cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs) , grated
Smoked turkey slices 1 Cup (16 tbs) , slice
Ham slices 1 Cup (16 tbs) , slice (Black forest)



1. Finely chop the garlic, fresh italian parsley, fresh dill and scallions, keep it aside.

2. Clean and wash the lettuce and romaine lettuce, chop the lettuce and keep it aside.

3. Slice the english cucumber, mushrooms, red pepper, smoked turkey slices and ham slices, keep them all aside seperately.

4. Peel and shave the carrots, shred the red cabbage and finely chop the fresh basil leaves.

5. Grate the pepper jack cheese.


6. In a medium size bowl combine garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, low fat buttermilk, whisk well.

7. Add the salt and pepper and seasoning, stir well. Refigerate until needed.


8. Mix all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl and then layer the toppings cheese, ham and smoked turkey

9. Add just enough dressing to coat the ingredients.


10. Serve the salad immediately.


If carrying to be eaten later, do not dress before hand and carry ranch dressing separately.

You can also serve the dressing as a dip for vegetables, nuggets, French fries or fried chicken.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Servings: 2