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Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese

by Adina 11/06/2016 7 comments

Salad "Torte"

A very good looking layered salad with lots of vegetables, cheese, ham and salami and topped with a creamy yogurt dressing.

salad torte Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese

This salad “torte” or salad “cake” was one of the first things I ever ate when coming to Germany. I had never seen anything like it before, so you can imagine how impressed I was by my mother-in-law’s skill. It was then (and still is now) one of my husband’s favorite salads, so I make this on a more or less regular basis. I make it mostly in summer, not necessarily as a side dish for grilled meat, but more of a lighter alternative for those who are not so keen on eating sausages or steaks. And if I ever make it to take it to a party, you can be sure this is one of the first salads to disappear from the table. People just love the way it looks and the many layers it has.

It is a great salad to serve as a main dish on a hot summer day when you don’t feel like staying too close to the stove or oven. Just a piece of nice bread on the side and you will not need anything else. If you make it as a side dish for grilling you could leave out the salami and ham completely or replace them with a bit more cheese (I like that option 🙂 ).

salad torte cheese Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese

I didn’t change my mother-in-law’s recipe for the salad but I did change the dressing recipe. If you want to make her original stir one small jar of Miracle Whip mayonnaise with one cup heavy cream and add the rest of the dressing ingredients. Instead of that I always make a yogurt dressing with a little bit of mayonnaise, pretty much the same dressing I use for the German Noodle Salad and many many other salads. I like it better that way…

salad torte eggs Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese

The only thing you have to keep in mind when making the salad “torte” is that you have to start a day ahead. The salad needs to spend a night in the fridge with something heavy on top (a pan filled with water for instance). Only if it’s properly pressed it will be able to keep its shape when unmolded. The quantities you will need for this salad are not an exact science. I write that you should have one lettuce, but you will only take as many leaves as necessary. Same goes for all the other ingredients, just use as much as you need to build a layer with each of the listed ingredients, for instance you might only need two tomatoes or maybe six of them, it really depends on their size and also on the size of the used sprigform.

So make some salad and enjoy the nice summer days. 🙂

salad torte salami Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese

Salad “Torte”

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Serves: 6

salad torte Salad “Torte” with Vegetables, Ham and Cheese
  • 1 lettuce
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4-8 thin slices ham, depending on size
  • 1 small bunch scallions
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 4-6 thin cheese slices, depending on size
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz salami, thinly sliced
  • 200 g/ ¾ cups creamy yogurt
  • 50 g/ ¼ cups mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ small onion
  • small bunch of parsley
  • small bunch of chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Divide the lettuce, you will need the large leaves. Wash and dry them very thoroughly using some kitchen paper. Line the base and the sides of a springform (about 26 cm/ 10 inch diameter) with the salad leaves. Keep a few of them to place on top of the salad after layering all the other ingredients.
  2. Begin to layer the salad:
  3. sliced tomatoes
  4. sliced ham
  5. thinly sliced scallions
  6. sliced cucumber
  7. sliced radishes
  8. sliced cheese
  9. sliced eggs
  10. sliced salami
  11. Finish with more lettuce leaves to cover the salad.
  12. Place a double layer of plastic foil on top. Find a heavy pan that fits in the springform, fill it with water and carefully place it on top of the salad. Place everything in the fridge and leave overnight.
  13. Remove the pan, foil and springfrom ring shortly before serving. Carefully transfer the salad onto a serving platter.
  14. To make the dressing mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, paprika, sugar, lemon juice, finely chopped onion, finely chopped parsley and chives together. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Sissi 11/06/2016 - 15:50

Amazing salad! I have never ever seen anything similar. I do like and often prepare Polish layered salad but it’s with potatoes, herring, eggs and is much more filling/heavier than this one. I’ll certainly make it very soon and let you know (fantastic idea to “slim down” the dressing!).

Marvellina @ WhatToCookToday 11/06/2016 - 17:26

It’s my first time hearing salad torte too. Very pretty and who says eating healthy is boring?

Thao @ In Good Flavor 11/06/2016 - 18:30

Such a beautiful salad! I can definitely eat it as a meal.

Chris Scheuer 11/06/2016 - 22:30

What a delightful, fun, interesting and beautiful salad! I’ve never seen anything like it!

Thalia @ butter and brioche 12/06/2016 - 06:40

what a unique recipe! i never have seen a salad cake before. perfect and light for the summer!

[email protected]'s Recipes 12/06/2016 - 15:35

What a clever and delicious idea!

Monica 13/06/2016 - 19:48

I’ve never had a salad torte and I just love it, looking at yours!! What a good looking dish and I would love to enjoy it outside one afternoon. : )


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