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Chef’s Salad – Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

Mah goodness. That right there is a big bowl of wonderful that is going to change the way you choose your deli meats, friends.

I mean, what can I say? Chef’s Salad may not be the world’s best amazing salad (YES it is!), but it is what I want to eat all day, every day. This classic American salad wins my heart each and every time.

Let’s get right down to it. I adore this salad for many reasons. One of them being that you can actually just clean out your cheeses-and-meats-fridge-drawer and toss those around with bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, and a homemade Italian dressing for a quick salad-as-a-main-meal-situation.

But allow me to back up a bit. Mainly because we need to speak about how everyone needs a deli meats and cheeses fridge drawer, and how said drawer should include these guys, and ONLY these guys ⤵⤵⤵

Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

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Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

Really, what I want to say is that if you want to be extra deliciously awesome in the chef’s salad and sandwich department, I highly recommend you switch to HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® lunchmeat, if you haven’t already.

Bonus? These guys cost the same amount as all other lunchmeats, around – $3.50 per package, and can be found at most grocery stores.

And thirdly? You’ll need them to make this flavorful, colorful, fresh, and crispy Chef’s Salad.

Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy lunchmeats? Comment below for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!

This salad is what I’m eating lately and I’m super love-love-loving it. You should join me.

We’re going to start with lots of salad greens, which will soon be topped with HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey and Smoked Deli Ham. We’re also including strips of swiss cheese and cheddar cheese, as well as some bacon, boiled eggs, fresh cherry tomatoes, and crunchy cucumbers.

Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

I think Chef’s Salad ’bout ta make your day amazing!

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Chef's Salad - Packed with fresh veggies, eggs, deli meats, and cheese, this wonderful main dish salad makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option.

Chef’s Salad

WW Freestyle: 15
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Katerina | Diethood



  • 8 cups salad greens
  • 1 cup julienne strips Natural Choice Oven Roasted Deli Turkey
  • 1 cup julienne strips Natural Choice Smoked Deli Ham
  • 4 bacon strips cooked to a desired crispness and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup julienne strips swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup julienne strips cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1 English Cucumber , sliced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs , quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions , for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese shavings , for garnish


  • Prepare salad greens by cutting into bite sized pieces.
  • Top the greens with lunchmeats, bacon, cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggs.
  • Prepare the HOMEMADE ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING, add to the salad and toss to combine.
  • Garnish with green onions and parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.
Keywords: chef salad recipe, lunch recipes

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288 Responses
  1. Jessica Smith

    This Chef Salad is GREAT!! I love it because it tastes great and it’s good for you! The dressing is devine!

  2. Jerry Marquardt

    My favorite way to enjoy lunchmeats is to grill it a bit and serve up on toast, served with all the condiments including mayo.

  3. Yvonne H.

    I like to use lunch-meat in wraps. I usually use whole wheat tortillas, lettuce, tomato, cheese and lunch-meat.

  4. Tarissa

    I absolutely love making sliders with lunch meat on Hawaiian rolls. It’s a new meal I started making for my family… we all love it!
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  5. Tabathia B

    I like my lunchmeat in sandwiches with some mayo, lettuce and tomatoes and sometimes cheese

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  6. Gina M

    My go-to quick and easy lunch is leftovers from last night’s dinner. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  7. Jeffrey

    Lately, I’ve been eating Hawaiian pizza fairly often. Ham and pineapple make such a great flavor combination! I also add macadamia nuts, coconut, Swiss cheese and arugula!

  8. Rebecca W

    My favorite lunches are sandwiches! I like to spread mayo and mustard on a French roll and add ham and cheese! Turkey and roast beef are always delicious as well! You can’t beat a good sandwich!

  9. Heather Amos

    My favorite way to enjoy lunch meats is on Salads, as Sandwiches, on crackers with or with out cheese, just by itself as a snack. Any way I can think of.

  10. Margot C

    I am a classist, I like a ham sandwich with German mustard and cheddar cheese ever single time it’s offered. I do like the look of your salad though and obviously influenced by you I made a very similar one yesterday. So, I can now say that I really like ham and Cardini’s dressing too,

  11. Amy Tong

    My favorite way to enjoy lunch meat is putting them in salad as well. Quick and easy…and super yummy too.
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  12. Amber Ratliff

    My favorite way to enjoy lunchmeat is what my family calls a tortilla roll up. You take a large tortilla and smear cream cheese all over. Then a layer of whichever lunch meat you prefer ( I love ham!). After that, you top with the diced green chiles you get in a can. Then roll it up and cut it into 1 inch pieces. You can eat it like that, but to make it even more delicious, we dip it in our favorite salsa! So yum!

  13. Linda Szymoniak

    My favorite way to eat lunch meat is still sandwiches. My all-time favorite sandwich is the Monte Cristo.

  14. Shawna

    My favorite way to enjoy lunch meats is in a sandwich with whole wheat bread, dark leafy lettuce, sharp cheddar, fresh avocado, slice tomato, low-fat or non-fat mayonnaise and mustard. I love Hormel’s Natural Choice Smoked Deli Ham on my sandwiches! It’s my favorite!

  15. Sandi Snell

    my favorite way to use deli meats are definitely in a chef salad. but use them in sandwiches when i have to pack a lunch and there are no leftovers.

  16. Gina M

    I love to enjoy lunch meats in a wrap with roasted veggies.

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  17. Lyndsey R.

    I like to cut up lunch meat and put it in my pasta salad. I also like it on croissants with honeycup mustard, lettuce and tomato. So good!

  18. Debbie Welchert

    I love lunchmeats on salads but my absolute favorite way to eat lunchmeats is on a sandwich grilled with cheese and mayo.

  19. Laurel

    I love a good chef salad! I like to change up the ingredients with seasonal favorites and dressings to keep them interesting. The various choices of flavored lunchmeats also make it easy to make memorable meals!

  20. Pam

    Looks like the salad I eat a lot on my LC diet plan and the comment of adding beets is a great idea, making sure they do not have any added sugar.

  21. Chi Shannon

    I usually like my lunch meats in a big, hero sandwich! Mix and match the meats with some cheeses, tomato, lettuce, mayo… 🙂 but this salad has me thinking I can have more variety with my lunch meat meals! 🙂

  22. Michele Cupp

    I”m a big fan of subs, and make them fairly often, with all different lunch meats and toppings, but my fave lunch meat sandwich always has on it turkey and avocado.


    I like to cut in strips and add to stir fry and noodle dishes. Easy quick lunch that I can warm up at work with just of the right amount of protein.

  24. Mary Songer

    I have two. My healthy way is in a salad like this one. I love a good salad. My favorite not so healthy way is a club sandwich. Delicious.

  25. Kim Beaulieu

    This looks fantastic. I love a great salad.

    We love their deli meat. I dig making them into kebabs for the kids. So fun.

  26. Sarah Phillips

    My favorite way to enjoy lunch-meat is on a homemade sandwich or grilled panini! I love using fresh whole wheat or rye bread and adding deli cheese slices (pepper jack, colby jack, or mozzarella), kale, baby spinach, onions, and mayo! The lunch meats I usually enjoy are ham or turkey! Now I’m hungry 🙂

  27. Erin K.

    We have a very simple appetizer that we use during holidays that has lunch meat in it. It is ham or turkey lunch meat with cream cheese all rolled up with a small slice of pickle on top. So simple but so delicious!

  28. Vicki F

    I love ham and turket and fix it in a variety of sandwiches with different cheeses, mostly on sourdough bread, melted until the cheese runs. This salad is definitely going into my rotation – brilliant combo of ingredients!

  29. Karen

    My favorite way to use lunch meat is by making a knock off mcmuffin sandwich. Toast the English muffins, fry eggs (breaking the yolks slightly), fry deli ham, piece of cheese (Swiss is yummy!), and build the sandwich.

  30. Liz

    Just move down to Indy and feed me on a daily basis! This salad looks fabulous!!! I’d eat it morning, noon and night!

  31. Charity Cram

    This salad looks wonderful and is making me hungry! One of my favorite ways to enjoy lunch meat is on crackers with cheese!

  32. Jessica O

    My favorite is to roll up a slice of Swiss cheese with a slice of honey ham, and eat with my favorite crackers and red grapes. Mmmm!!

  33. belinda bell

    This chef’s salad looks amazing. I love salads, you can make them taste different by just changing a few ingredients.

  34. Michelle

    This time of year I am craving salads nonstop! Your Chefs Salad looks absolutely AMAZING…I could go for one right now!

  35. Vickie

    Hubby has a lunch meat sandwich in his lunch box everyday.
    I like your recipe..and this is generally how I eat lunch meat.
    And, we love this brand..hopefully they will come out with more choices soon.

  36. Karen Bechtol

    These meats look good, will be picking them up next grocery trip. Recipe looks yummy.Usually I take some meat put a dot of mustard on it and eat it as a between meal snack.

  37. Marian Ball

    I made a julienne salad for dinner tonight, but I didn’t put everything that this salad. I’m planning on doing many, many more of these salads over the coming summer months! What better way can you get fresh veggies, with lots of protein and fibre!

    I’m going to definitely check out your website.

  38. Terri S

    I love to take a slice of meat and a slice of cheese and add a little mustard or mayo and roll it up. My absolute favorite is roast beef, provolone, and a slice of bacon with mayo, YUM!!

  39. Deborah Stiegman

    I’ve been buying Hormel’s Natural Choice Lunchmeats for many years now. You’re chef salad is absolutely delicious. I’ve made it, & highly recommend it. I like to use ham & turkey in either salads; such as chef salads. I also occasionally enjoy ham & turkey with spicy mustard on slices of multi-grain/whole grain organic bread. I try to eat “organic” 100% of the time. The taste of fruits & veggies is remarkably so much tastier, as well as everything else “organic!”

  40. Ronald Gagnon

    Definitely cooled paprika added egg salad sandwichs….great for summer lunch or supper…with soup or just alone

  41. Elizabeth Tarlow

    Hormel’s Natural Choice Lunchmeat is my new favorite Brand! Your Chefs Salad recipe looks so yummy!

  42. Christy Peeples DuBois

    Besides making a traditional sandwich with lunch meats I can’t think of a better way to enjoy them than this chefs salad. It looks so good I could eat one now.

  43. Stephanie F.

    My favorite way to use lunch meats is to make an Italian hoagie. Usually with ham, pepperoni and salami and banana peppers.

  44. Natalie

    I love to chop up lunch meat and add it to my “salads in a cup” for work lunches. I put fresh veggies, lettuce, nuts and lunch meat in a cup and bring dressing on the side.

  45. Karissa

    I like to put shredded or sliced cheese in the center of slices of deli meat and roll them up for a quick protein snack after work outs!

  46. Julie Wood

    Our favorite way to eat lunch meat is to make my healthy sandwiches on whole wheat bread, lettuce, mayo, pickles and tomatoes!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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