Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for modified food starch in mayonnaise and buttermilk; check for cross-contamination or unspecified natural flavors in sliced ham or turkey; serve with a gluten-free roll.


"Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life."
-Cyril Connolly, English Critic

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This dressing was modified by removing from 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper from the original recipe. Many people can tolerate black pepper and not have it trigger their reflux symptoms. The dressing is great with and without the pepper.

The amount of vinegar is slight and not likely enough to trigger reflux symptoms but just enough to give the flavor of the balsamic vinegar.


Chef's Salad with Parmesan Dressing

Servings = 4 | Serving size =2 tablespoons dressing and salad

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied. The dressing is enough for 4 servings and keeps well for about 3 days in the fridge. Recipe time does not include chilling time.

2 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 Tbsp non-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups mixed greens (lettuce, spinach, mache) (per serving)
2 Tbsp yellow bell pepper (per serving)
2 Tbsp carrot (per serving)
1 Tbsp red bell pepper (per serving)
1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese (per serving)
1 ounce extra-lean turkey breast (per serving)
1 ounce extra-lean ham (per serving)
1 2 ounce (per serving) whole wheat roll, small pita bread or gluten-free roll

Place the mayonnaise, buttermilk, milk and grated parmesan in a mini-chopper or blender and blend until smooth.

Chill for at least 1 hour.

When ready to serve place the greens in a large salad bowl and top with the peppers and carrots. Sprinkle the cubed cheese, turkey and ham over the salad. Drizzle 2 tablespoons dressing on top and serve. This salad is great with one small whole wheat pita bread or a gluten-free roll.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 2 tablespoons dressing and salad

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 372 Calories from Fat 113
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 19%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 883mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 30%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
    Sugars 10g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A 182% Vitamin C 101%
Calcium 46% Iron 18%
Vitamin K 113 mcg Potassium 741 mg
Magnesium 95 mg