Chef’s Salad with a Garlicky Anchovy Vinaigrette

A typical chef’s salad boasts hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat on a bed of dressed greens. This garlicky anchovy vinaigrette adds some punch to the melange.

Said to have been created sometime in the 1930’s, the Chef’s Salad boasts a number of topppings: hard cooked eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat, such as roast beef, ham, chicken, or turkey. The assortment of proteins and vegetables rests on a bed of dressed greens.

The traditional dressing is Thousand Island. Since I reserve that for my hamburgers, I’ve punched up my Chef’s Salad with this garlicky vinaigrette. Several early recipes for the salad include anchovies, so I tossed a bit into the dressing.

I love to make my own dressings. Not only are they quick and economical to prepare, but they allow me to control the ingredients that I use. I’ve partnered with Holland House, a maker of vinegars and cooking wines, to bring you tips and tricks about using vinegar and cooking wine in your recipes. It’s so easy!

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Disclosure: Holland House has provided me with sample product as well as compensation for my time spent writing this post. All opinions are my own. You can read more about Holland House and other simple ways to dress up everyday foods on their Facebook page.

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  1. Jahnavi says:

    Looks interesting.. what is anchovy paste? Where do you buy it and which brand?
    (btw, I’m also in San Diego 😀 )

    • Jessica says:

      Anchovy paste is basically mashed up anchovies, sold in a tube, in the canned fish section, near the tuna.

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