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Italian Chopped Salad

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Chop everything but the romaine, radicchio and cherry tomatoes. Place chopped ingredients into an airtight container.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a sealed jar and shake vigorously. Keep refrigerated.
  3. To serve: Place all of the chopped ingredients into a large salad bowl. Chop the romaine, radicchio and cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl. Add desired amount of dressing, toss and serve.
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Chopped salami, provolone, and romaine tossed with chickpeas, artichoke, tomatoes, hearts of palm and olives in a classic Italian dressing…

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    20 MIN
  • 8 SERVINGS
Chopped Salad

One of our most requested salad recipes, try this extra tasty ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD!

I’ll lay it right out from the get-go: this salad involves chopping, but I assume you expected that from a classic chopped salad. This salad is so worth the effort though, a tasty treat that always earns its fair share of praise. In fact, it’s one of our most requested salad recipes to date.

Chopped Salad

I love this for a number of reasons, but top marks go to being a great make-ahead dish. You can prep the salad dressing and chop everything except the romaine, tomatoes and radicchio in advance. Once that’s done, store the ingredients in airtight containers and place them in a cooler. This makes assembling and dressing the salad a breeze once you’ve arrived at the cottage or your weekend destination – this fabulous meal hits the table in no time.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a chopped salad, here’s your step-by-step guide. Get chopping and enjoy!

Ingredients for the Italian Dressing

THE DRESSING

I like using a traditional, homemade Italian dressing for this salad. Nothing too complicated to make it, just oil, vinegar, some herbs, a few flavour enhancers and you’re done.

HOMEMADE ITALIAN DRESSING

Click HERE to view our one-minute VIDEO on how to prepare this simple, tasty dressing. It’ll work not only for this salad but many others too. Suggestion: might as well double the recipe from the outset so that you have extra.

Ingredients for the Chopped Salad

THE INGREDIENTS

Of course, the sky’s the limit on what you can add to this salad, but I like using ingredients that hold their shape once chopped. I suggest not using anything too delicate and as always try to use locally grown veggies whenever possible.

Salami and Provolone Cheese

The salami and provolone cheese are essential to this recipe, and one reader wrote in telling us that the inclusion of these distinctive ingredients makes this a Tuscan chopped salad. Who knew? Look for salami made with fennel and peppercorns to add a bit of punch. When selecting your cheese, try mild provolone to impart a subtle dairy taste.

THE TOSS

The fresh ingredients and Italian dressing

Dressing this salad is easy enough, but prepare to be amazed by what happens when a superior dressing meets the perfect combination of flavourful ingredients. After dressing your chopped salad, give it a taste and then add more dressing, salt and pepper to taste. You can also let the salad stand for a bit before you serve just to let all the flavours mix and meld.

Marinated olives, artichokes, chick peas and hearts of palm

This recipe will serve six guests or more, but don’t worry if you have leftovers – the salad will still taste wonderful, if not better, the following day. We enjoy serving it with our ROASTED GARLIC CHEESE BREAD and a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. For dessert, try our HOMEMADE TIRAMISU, it’s so fabulous.

Chopped Salad

Preparing this ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD is so worth the effort and makes for a delicious luncheon or dinner treat. Enjoy!

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Italian Chopped Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup baby cucumbers, chopped
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted and halved
  • ½ a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup roasted artichokes, chopped
  • 1 14oz. can hearts of palm, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup salami with fennel, cubed
  • 1 cup provolone, cubed
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 head radicchio, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • For the dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin, extra light olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Chop everything but the romaine, radicchio and cherry tomatoes. Place chopped ingredients into an airtight container.
  2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a sealed jar and shake vigorously. Keep refrigerated.
  3. To serve: Place all of the chopped ingredients into a large salad bowl. Chop the romaine, radicchio and cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl. Add desired amount of dressing, toss and serve.

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