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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

  • 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

Keywords: Chopped Salad, Best Chopped Salad, Italian Chopped Salad, Side Salad Recipe, Salad Recipes

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. The chopped salad recipe is awesome and especially the ranch dressing, Italian, and Thousand Island dressings. They are what I call professional tasting as if you got them from a professional chef. I have also tried the croutons. That is probably the best recipe I have had. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to try more.

  2. I just want to thank you for sharing this recipe – THANK YOU! I take a salad to work for lunch most days and was in dire need of something new. I’m not sure how I stumbled onto this recipe, but I am so thrilled I did. I just ate it for lunch and it is DELICIOUS!!! (I prepped all ingredients and will enjoy it the rest of the week!) I love the crunchy, the salty, the tangy tastes, etc. And, the Homemade Italian Dressing is the BOMB, and was the perfect compliment.

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We love to eat them😋pair with seafoods or chicken bbq.

  4. I’m not usually a big salad eater, but I made this salad with the homemade dressing for lunch & I can concur that it is PHENOMENAL. I added chicken & hard-boiled eggs to make it a main meal, and served with a side of cornbread. I’ll definitely be making this again in the future!

  5. I have to provide a salad for a large group. Lasagna will be served (family meal after a funeral) and I think this will be prefect!!!

  6. Made this chopped salad to accompany eggplant parmesan and it was perfect. Gave the recipe out to the guests who absolutely loved it. Thanks and love your site!

  7. I made this yummy salad for a luncheon at work. I’m making it again tomorrow for my grandson’s 18th birthday family dinner. I’m serving it with homemade Stromboli and coconut cake. I know the salad will be a hit!

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  9. We took this chopped salad, and dressing — with no substitute ingredients — to a dinner party. As suggested we kept the ingredients separately bagged until it was time to assemble. It was easy to assemble on the spot and was a big hit. The hosts sent us back with a clean bowl but they discreetly kept the leftovers for themselves! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Thank you for the comment! I think “discreet stealing of leftovers” is the new standard for a great recipe :)

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