This Monte Cristo salad is everything you love about the classic ham, Swiss and turkey grilled cheese sandwich, this time in salad form!
This recipe for Monte Cristo salad is one of the ways I ease myself from the lazy hazy days of summer into the shorter crisper days of fall (and it also works great in reverse!)
It’s got all the scrumptious comfort food elements of my favorite grilled cheese sandwich…the ham and turkey, the Swiss cheese, the sweet taste of French toast…but in a lighter salad form.
It’s like having one foot in summer and one in fall, lunch-wise. This is the time of year when even though there are some summery temps here and there, you realize that your days of this are pretty much over for the season….
Side note: Ann Patchett is magical. MAGICAL.
What Does Monte Cristo mean?
If you aren’t familiar with the classic Monte Cristo sandwich that was the inspiration for this salad, it is a kicked up grilled cheese that features ham, turkey and Swiss cheese sandwiched between two pieces of French toasted bread.
It is every bit as glorious as you think it is, and also, well, FILLING.
My salad version keeps all those flavors, but lightens them up a little. Little cubes of ham, turkey and Swiss cheese make up the basis of the salad.
The sandwich bread is transformed into little French toast croutons. All that deliciousness is tossed with chopped romaine lettuce and a light maple syrup dressing.
Ingredients You Need To Make Monte Cristo Salad!
Here’s How You Make Monte Cristo Salad!
STEP 1: Preheat your trusty oven to 375 and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
STEP 2: Toss bread cubes with butter and sugar and spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes.
STEP 3: Put all dressing ingredients in a small jar, put top on securely and shake until well-combined.
STEP 4: Put ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce and croutons in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing, toss and serve it up!
More Tips For Making Monte Cristo Salad!
Go to the deli counter at your favorite grocery store and ask for “dinner slice” amounts of these three items – or simply say you would like a 1/2 inch thick slice.
Yep! Keep the dressing separate, and toss it in at the last minute. It’s a great picnic dish!
And there you have it – one of the world’s best sandwiches, in cool and easy salad form!
It’s what’s for early and late summer supper! (Or really any time you have a Monte Cristo craving!)Print
This Monte Cristo salad is everything you love about the classic ham, swiss and turkey grilled cheese sandwich, this time in salad form!
- 1 cup challah or other soft bread, cut into small cubes
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 pound ham, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 pound cooked turkey, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, cut into small cubes
- 2 cups romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375 and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- Toss bread cubes with butter and sugar and spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes.
- Put all dressing ingredients in a small jar, put top on securely and shake until well-combined.
- Put ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce and croutons in a bowl. Drizzle with dressing, toss and serve.
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