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mama's chef salad

a recipe by
Susan Feliciano
Oak Ridge, TN

My mother used to make this for us when we were home for lunch during summer break. Now I see it was probably her way of using up lunch meats and other things so they weren't wasted. We loved it; it was kind of like going to a restaurant.

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For mama's chef salad

  • 1 sm
    head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 4 oz
    baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 lg
    cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lg
    tomato, cut into 8 wedges (or cherry tomatoes, halved)
  • 2
    hard cooked eggs, quartered lengthwise
  • 4 oz
    sliced turkey lunchmeat or bologna
  • 4 oz
    cubed ham
  • 8 oz
    cubed cheddar cheese
  • 6
    green onions, sliced, with tops
  • 1 c
    thousand island dressing
  • croutons (optional)

How To Make mama's chef salad

  • 1
    Divide lettuce evenly into 4 large salad bowls. Top with spinach leaves, cucumber, and 2 tomato wedges (or 6 cherry tomato halves) per bowl. Arrange egg, turkey, ham, and cheese evenly on top of vegetables.
  • 2
    Top with Thousand Island dressing and sprinkle with green onions. Add croutons if desired. Serve with saltine crackers and a large glass of milk.
  • 3
    Sometimes we would have a 1/2 cup of tomato soup to go with the salad.