Incredible Chopped Salad

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

Chopped salad

On the lookout for a super side salad to accessorize with all your meals? Alex and I are always looking for a great side salad (it’s like a great pair of shoes, no?). And may we present, our new very favorite one: this incredible chopped salad. Why is this salad so incredible? Something about all the elements working together makes this concept classy and tight. There’s our homemade Italian dressing, tangy, savory, herby and balanced. Add to that shallots, tomatoes, cucumber, and a zing from pepperoncini. And then Parmesan. Are you ready to get cooking? Because this chopped salad wants to be part of your kitchen repertoire.

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Chopped salad

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.

The component that 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.

To make an emulsion for the Italian dressing, simply whisk it by hand. In order to get the oil and vinegar to incorporate well, we 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.) The other tip for reaching an emulsion is adding the olive oil little by little. We typically add it tablespoon by tablespoon and whisk in between until the oil fully incorporates.

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: the magic ingredients are jarred pepperoncini, which add a tang and a little heat, and green olives for a salty hit. 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. Let us know if you try out our chopped salad in the comments below!

Tip: To make this chopped salad into a main dish salad, add hard boiled eggs, seared ahi tuna, or chopped chicken.

How to make chopped salad

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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

Incredible 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

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ripe green olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  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 Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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