Here's our take on a traditional chef's salad, which is anything but light fare when it's heaped with meats and cheeses. Our version keeps the satisfaction factor with lean turkey breast and reduced-fat Swiss cheese--and adds plenty of colorful vegetables to the mix.

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Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: With the food processor running, add shallot through the feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk powder and vinegar. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 3 minutes. Pour in milk while the processor is running. Scrape down the sides, add dill, salt and pepper and process until combined. (Makes 1 1/4 cups.)

  • To prepare salad: Toss greens, carrots, onion and 1/4 cup dressing in a large bowl until coated. Divide between 2 plates. Arrange tomatoes, turkey and cheese on top of the salad.

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; 3.2 g total fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 28 mg cholesterol; 689 mg sodium. 442 mg potassium; 21.5 g carbohydrates; 6.7 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 19.5 g protein; 19964 IU vitamin a iu; 40 mg vitamin c; 28 mcg folate; 392 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 109 mg magnesium;

Reviews (4)

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe goes in the keeper file. Packs great for lunch. My first attempt at a homemade creamy dressing and I loved it. Love making homemade dressings over using store bought. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I hope and assume that most of the sodium content is due to the dressing...that can always be adjusted. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This salad has way too much lettuce and not nearly enough dressing. Also it's either too bulky or too low in calories. By the time you fill up on all that lettuce you don't have sufficient room left over to eat even a small meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Uhm duh it's a chef salad with the meat included you don't need any additional food after eating this. Sodium is controlled through the meats cheeses and dressing. Read More