High Protein Chef Salad Made Skinny

You can give this timeless classic salad a new look every time you make it by choosing different greens, meats and dressings. My version is loaded with lean protein and dressed with a yummy skinny ranch dressing. Each huge salad, including dressing, has 265 calories, 9 grams of fat and 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 5 Green WW SmartPoints. Makes a very satisfying lunch or main course dinner!

Prep Time: 15 minutes


2 tablespoons The Best Skinny Ranch Dressing or Skinny Thousand Island Dressing or a lite store bought ranch dressing

4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

½ cup (~1½ ounces) ham chopped or julienne, look for one with no nitrates, see shopping tips

½ cup (~1½ ounces) roasted turkey breast, chopped or julienne 

1 hard boiled egg, chopped or grated

½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

¼ cup small avocado, pitted and chopped, optional


1. Prepare dressing and refrigerate. 

2. To make 1 main course salad: Place 4 cups of lettuce on a dinner size plate. Top salad with ham, turkey, egg, tomato and avocado, if desired.

3. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of salad dressing all over salad. Add more if desired. 

4. This recipe can be doubled, tripled and so on.          

Makes 1 main course salad

Food Facts
The Chef Salad is thought to be invented by chef Victor Seydoux at the Hotel Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Trying to save money, he started putting small slices of meat and cheese in salads for some of his customers.

Shopping Tips
I used delicious, lean ham that I bought at Trader Joe’s.  It’s uncured and contains ‘no nitrates.’  

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 2-Blue
WW SmartPoints 5-Green
WW Points Plus

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad with dressing and w/o avocado
265 cal, 9g fat, 2g sat.fat, 250mg chol, 33g prot,14g carbs,5g fiber, 317mg sod, 5g sugar

: for 1 main course salad with dressing and avocado
337 cal, 16g fat,2g sat. fat, 251mg chol, 34g prot, 18g carbs, 8g fiber, 320mg sod, 5g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints with dressing and w/o avocado
83 calories, 0g sat. fat, 10g protein, 2g sugar