Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Chicago-Style Hot Dog Salad

A close-up photo of a colorful salad in a bowl, featuring diced tomatoes, sliced pickles, chopped onions, sweet relish, and yellow mustard, all tossed with pieces of grilled hot dog and mixed greens.

Today, we are excited to share this recipe for Chicago-Style Hot Dog Salad. This dish is packed with all the classic flavors of a hot dog, including the tangy pickles, spicy peppers, and savory onions, all combined with fresh and crisp greens. Let’s get started!

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EQUIPMENT: Cutting board, knife, salad bowl, bowl, whisk


  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup pickles, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 4 ea hot peppers of choice (e.g. guerito or hot banana wax peppers)
  • 3 ea cooked beef hot dogs, sliced
  • For Dressing:
    • 3 tbsp cooking oil (e.g. olive, grapeseed)
    • 3 tbsp mustard
    • 3 tbsp honey
  • Garnish:
    • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (optional)


  1. In a salad bowl, toss together cabbage and mixed greens.
  2. Top with onions, pickles, tomatoes, hot peppers, and cooked hot dogs.
  3. Whisk together oil, mustard, and honey in a bowl. Drizzle over the salad.
  4. Top with poppy seeds and serve. Enjoy!



Cabbage is highly nutritious and rich in vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K. What’s more, some research suggests that it may support digestion, improve heart health, and decrease inflammation.

Switching a hot dog bun for the salad version makes this recipe more hydrating and keto-friendly.

Tomatoes are anti-inflammatory, low in calories, and provide important nutrients like vitamin C and potassium. They’re also rich in antioxidants — one called lycopene, responsible for tomatoes’ characteristic color.

Left: Cabbage
Right: Tomato

Recipe provided by Maryland University of Integrative Health