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This chopped salad will amaze everyone around the table! Homemade Italian dressing, crisp veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary salad.

Chopped salad in white bowl with Italian dressing

On the lookout for a side salad to accessorize with all your meals? We’re always on the lookout for a great green salad. (It’s like your favorite pair of shoes, right?) May we present, this incredible chopped salad.

It’s classy and tight. There’s our homemade Italian dressing: tangy, savory, and herby. Add to that shallots, tomatoes, cucumber, and a zing from pepperoncini. Parmesan cheese seals the deal. Are you ready to get cooking? Because this chopped salad wants to be part of your kitchen repertoire.

Chopped salad in white bowl with napkin and Italian dressing

How to make a chopped salad

Last weekend we served this salad at a dinner party. Wow! What’s in this salad? was murmured around the table. That’s when you know a recipe is a keeper! It looks unassuming, but it’s one of our favorites to date. What carries this chopped salad is our homemade Italian dressing recipe. The flavor is zesty and bright, full of garlic, white wine vinegar, and balanced with a touch of maple syrup. Dried basil, thyme, and oregano bring in an earthy flair. (See our dressing tips below.)

Other than the dressing, this chopped salad is just a matter of, well, chopping up all the ingredients! Here we’ve chosen ingredients that vibe on an Italian chopped salad. You can feel free to customize the veggies in this chopped salad to your liking…but we found this combination to be just about perfect:

  • Crunchy veggies: shallot, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes
  • Jarred pepperoncini: add a tang and a little heat
  • Green olives: add just the right salty hit.
Homemade Italian dressing recipe in glass jar with garlic and herbs

Tip for making homemade Italian salad dressing

Making homemade salad dressing is the key to a great chopped salad! Here are a few tips to making a creamy emulsion where the oil and vinegar incorporate perfectly:

  • Whisk by hand with a large whisk.
  • Use a medium-sized bowl to allow for enough movement of the whisk. (Trust us, we’ve done it in small bowls before and it’s almost impossible to get the oil and vinegar to meld.)
  • Add the olive oil little by little. We add it tablespoon by tablespoon and whisk in between until the oil fully incorporates.
How to make chopped salad

Turn chopped salad into a main dish!

This chopped salad is so tasty, you’ll want to make it for every meal! To mix it up a bit, you could turn it into a main dish salad and eat it for dinner. We’d suggest to:

Let us know if you try out our chopped salad in the comments below!

Chopped salad

Accessorize it!

This salad is the very definition of versatile, and pairs with just about anything, from soup to lasagna to pizza. Here are some more perfect pairings…

Fork in a bowl

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This chopped salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the Parmesan cheese. (It’s still just as tasty!)

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Chopped salad

Favorite Chopped Salad

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This chopped salad will amaze everyone around the table! Homemade Italian dressing, veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary salad.


  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup ripe green olives, halved
  • ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Make the Homemade Italian Dressing.
  2. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the shallot. Peel and chop cucumber. Slice tomatoes and olives in half.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients for the salad, including the dressing, and toss to combine. If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately; bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired

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Outside of this chopped salad recipe, here are a few of our favorite salads on A Couple Cooks:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Marcia says:

    You’re right! This salad is absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly, and I would not change a thing. Definitely a new family favorite, thank you!

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