Do you like salads with lots and LOTS of toppings and “extras”? If so, add this Easy Italian Chopped Salad to your menu plan and enjoy the fresh tastes of raw veggies paired with savory meats and cheese. All topped with a zesty red pepper Italian dressing. (Feel free to make your own homemade Italian dressing… or buy your favorite from the store)
Aside from the fantastic flavor combinations, my favorite thing about Italian Chopped Salad is that it is SO quick and easy to put together. In fact, it can be assembled several hours (or even a day) in advance without sacrificing freshness!
- 6-8 c. crunchy lettuce; chopped
- 1 can (15.5 0z) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 ofa medium red onion; diced
- 2-3 cucumbers; diced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes; halved
- 4-6 oz. salami; diced
- 1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese (I usually serve this on the side)
- Italian dressing (store-bought or homemade)
Chop lettuce into small, bite-size pieces and place in the bottom of a platter or a food storage container.
Layer with chickpeas, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and salami.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Serve with Parmesan cheese and Italian dressing on the side.
Refrigerate leftovers to enjoy the next day!
ALL ingredients should be chopped into fairly small, bite-size pieces... hence the name "Chopped Salad"!
Feel free to add or omit any veggies you have in the house -- green or red peppers would be good, canned or roasted artichokes, avocados, etc.
Just make sure you start with good crunchy lettuce (not spinach or fancier leaf lettuces) so the salad has a nice crunch to every bite!
Amount Per ServingCalories 576Total Fat 41gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 131mgSodium 252mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 9gSugar 9gProtein 34g
This Italian Chopped Salad is a really hearty salad, full of protein AND veggies.
It pairs especially well with pizza, and it’s also a fantastic main-dish salad all on its own.
And yes, you can easily make it ahead… just hold off adding the cheese and dressing.
As I mentioned above, I usually serve the cheese and dressing on the side, simply because I feel like it tastes better with fresh cheese and dressing added at the time of serving. I also think it helps the salad keep longer for leftovers.
If I’m taking the salad to a party, I’ll serve it in a pretty glass or decorative container. For our own consumption, I simply assemble it in a food storage container (see pictures above) to keep it fresher longer in our own fridge.
NOTE: If you’re looking for salad dressing recommendations…. the Roasted Red Pepper Italian dressing from Kraft tastes fantastic with Italian Chopped Salad.
I’ve also made my own Copycat Olive Garden Italian Dressing a few times with great results!
We enjoy this salad all year long as an easy way to integrate so much produce into our daily meals… I hope you love it as much as we do!
What are your favorite chopped salad ingredients?
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