Monte Cristo Salad gives you all the flavors of the sandwich in a lighter variation with homemade raspberry poppyseed dressing. Be sure to try my Monte Cristo Sandwich and Monte Cristo Sliders, too!

Overhead of a Monte Cristo Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing on Dark Cutting Board.

Monte Cristo Salad

If you have ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich, you know it is piled high with ham, turkey, and cheese. Then, it is dipped in batter and deep-fried. Well, if you love all the layers of the sandwich but are not sold on deep-frying, this salad is the perfect compromise!

And (in one of my favorite incorporations) instead of the raspberry jam for dipping, the salad is served with a raspberry poppyseed dressing.

Raw Ingredients to Make a Monte Cristo Salad from Overhead.

Salad Ingredients

Lettuce: I used romaine lettuce for the salad. You could absolutely use your choice of leafy greens.

Meat: Just like the sandwich, I used ham and turkey, but cut into small, bite-sized cubes.

Cheese: I cubed both mild cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese.

Dressing: Since the sandwich is usually served with raspberry jam, I went with homemade raspberry poppyseed dressing.

Garnish: Don’t forget the homemade croutons and parmesan cheese! The homemade croutons come together quickly and add the perfect crispy, buttery element to this salad. I promise it is a step worth taking! 

Bowl Filled with Monte Cristo Salad on Dark Cutting Board.

Can I Make Monte Cristo Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes! You could get all the parts of this salad cut up ahead of time. You could also mix the ingredients together, but wait to add the dressing until ready to serve.

How Long does Monte Cristo Salad Last?

If you are into meal-prepping, you can put the salad together ahead of time. It will last 3-5 days in a sealed container, in the refrigerator, without the dressing. Store the homemade dressing in a separate container for up to 5 days. When ready to enjoy the salad, add the amount of dressing you prefer.

Pouring Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing Over a Monte Cristo Salad.

Can I Use a Different Kind of Dressing?

Sure! If the raspberry poppyseed dressing doesn’t work for you, try your favorite dressing on the salad. Homemade ranch dressing or my Thousand Island Dressing are a couple of options to try.

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Monte Cristo Salad

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Monte Cristo Salad gives you all the flavors of the sandwich in a lighter variation with homemade raspberry poppyseed dressing.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup honey ham, cubed small
  • 1 cup roasted turkey, cubed small
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, cubed small
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, cubed small
  • cup raspberry poppyseed dressing
  • homemade croutons, for garnish
  • shaved parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  • To a large salad bowl, add lettuce, ham, turkey, cheddar, and swiss cheese. Top with dressing, croutons, and parmesan cheese. Toss and serve.

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