Cooking Classics: Chef Salad

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The Technique 

Chef Salad

Iconic salads prepared with everyday ingredients make lunchtime more interesting. Classic Chef Salad gets an update with a creamy yogurt dressing filled with fresh herbs while crisp romaine lettuce provides interesting texture. If grilled chickenbacon & avocado are favorites, then the Classic Cobb Salad is a delicious choice as well. Look to The Basics: Romaine Lettuce for pointers on how to clean & store the main ingredient while this tutorial features a simple technique for cutting it. Learn how to make a lovely classic in your very own kitchen.

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make 4 servings

6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup diced smoked ham
1 cup diced smoked turkey
1/2 cup diced Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 hard cooked eggs, quartered
1/2 small cucumber, sliced
1 small tomato cut into eighths 
Lemon-Herb Yogurt Dressing

Arrange the lettuce between 4 plates. Top with the ham, the turkey, the Cheddar, the blue cheese, the eggs, the cucumber & the tomatoes. Drizzle with a bit of the Lemon-Herb-Yogurt Dressing. Serve immediately. 


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makes 1 2/3 cups 

1 {7-oz} container 2% low fat Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
1/3 cup skim milk
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp minced scallion
1 small garlic clove, pressed
1/4 tsp kosher salt 
Freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl seasoning with freshly ground pepper to taste.

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How To Cut Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is a popular sandwich & salad greens choice due to the natural crunch it adds to meals. Be certain to rinse & clean it well before use. Once it is prepared, the lettuce may serve as the base for chef salad, Classic Cobb Salad, Italian-Style Green Salad & even just a simple combination topped with quinoa, carrots, tomatoes & cucumbers.

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Over a cutting board, stack several rinsed & dried leaves on top of each other. Using a chef knife, slice 1/2-inch thick pieces working your way from the bottom of the stalk end to the leafy green portion of the leaves. Discard any pieces with blemishes. 

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