Chef's salad

  • Preparation Time45 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
675g Boston, Bibb, green or red leaf lettuce, or a mixture, washed, trimmed, and dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
250ml dressing of your choice, such as shallot or herb vinaigrette, ranch, or blue cheese
110g imported Swiss cheese, cut into 5cm long matchstick pieces
110g baked ham, cut into 5-cm long matchstick pieces
110g smoked turkey, chicken or duck breast, cut into 5cm long matchstick pieces
110g rare roast beef, cut into 0.5 by 5cm matchstick pieces
2 hard-cooked eggs, shelled, cut into wedges
1 ripe avocado, diced
16 vine-ripened cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 kirby (pickling) cucumbers, sliced
100g toasted croutons
1) Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and put into a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with 125ml of the dressing. Divide the lettuce among 4 large individual serving bowls.

2) Arrange the cheese, meats, eggs, and avocado, like the spokes of a wheel, on top of each salad. Scatter the tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and pass the remaining dressing at the table.

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