Chef's Salad with Spinach, Chicken, and Gouda

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated May/June 2004

Fast-food joints have given this retro supper salad a bad name (and a plastic fork). Could we produce a substantial salad with supermarket staples?

SERVES6 to 8, as a light main dish

TIME45 minutes, plus 20 minutes standing and 20 minutes cooling

Chef's Salad with Spinach, Chicken, and Gouda

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

To produce a substantial chef salad recipe using supermarket ingredients, we chose sturdy but mild greens, like Bibb, romaine, and red- and green-leaf lettuces, which held their shape under the weight of the other ingredients and stood up t...

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