Best Italian Chopped Salad

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Best Italian Chopped Salad with Salami is full of vibrant ingredients and makes dinner time interesting. Combining romaine lettuce with veggies, chickpeas, olives, mozzarella cheese, salami, and a creamy Italian Dressing encourages healthy eating all week long.

I love trying new salads and keeping one handy in the refrigerator each week. For something new, try my Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad, a healthy Greek Farro Salad, or the best Mexican Quinoa Salad!

A large Italian salad mixed together with wooden salad spoons.

Grinder Salad

Mike and I recently went out for pizza at a new place in our area and started out with a huge Italian Chopped Salad. It was similar to this one, and I enjoyed it SO much – maybe even more than the pizza. GASP! I knew I needed to recreate it because I get tired of the same old salads.

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A variety of ingredients is key to enjoying salads. When I was in college, I ate the most boring combo over and over again – iceberg lettuce, carrots, cottage cheese, croutons, and French Dressing (remember that orange bottled dressing?). Maybe that’s why I always craved candy after dinner.

While this Grinder Salad uses a lighter dressing, you could add some mayo for a creamier salad too. For more inspiration, try our Italian Grinder Sandwich. It’s our favorite and you won’t be able to resist the yummy Italian Herb Bread!

Two bowls of Italian chopped salad with salad dressing.

Ingredients needed for Best Italian Chopped Salad:

  • Lettuce Greens – Use any of your favorite salad greens for this salad. I always change the mixture whenever I make it – romaine, red and green lettuce, kale, spinach, and any mixture.
  • Sliced Mushrooms – I prefer Baby Bella mushrooms in this salad, but white button mushrooms work too.
  • Plum Tomatoes – I used a colorful variety mix of tomatoes.
  • Red Onion – Slice them thin!
  • Chickpeas – One of my favorite salad toppings EVER. So good and a great source of protein and fiber.
  • Olives – I prefer black olives over green, but you do you.
  • Hard Salami – This salty meat will definitely make your guys want to eat salad. 😀
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Buy a block of cheese and cube it.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Use a cheese grater to grate your own wedge of parm.

You won’t get bored with this salad. I promise.

The ingredients for Italian salad.

Let’s talk about the Creamy Italian Dressing!

I used two parts olive oil to one part red wine vinegar, a tablespoon of Dijon Mustard, a couple of teaspoons of sugar, and a delicious spice combo of salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Seriously creamy and yes, just a tiny bit of sugar.

Skip the Ranch Dressing and go for this one!

How to make the Best Italian Chopped Salad:

Step 1
Prep ingredients. Clean and chop the lettuce, slice the onion and tomatoes, cube the cheese, halve the salami, and strain the chickpeas and olives.

Step 2
Combine. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl – the lettuce, radicchio, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, chickpeas, olives, cheese, and salami – and toss.

A large bowl of Italian chopped salad with dressing.

Step 3
Make dressing. Measure all salad dressing ingredients into a mason jar, and shake vigorously. Store in the refrigerator until ready to dress individual servings.

A jar of the Italian salad dressing.

Step 4
EAT. Enjoy the BEST Italian Chopped Salad! 😀

A closeup on a salad with salami, cheese and olives.

How to make this salad last all (work) week:

  1. Buy your ingredients on the weekend.
  2. Prep all your ingredients on Sunday. Wrap the veggies in paper towel and keep them in storage bags or containers. Make the salad dressing as well and keep everything in the refrigerator.
  3. Mix up half of the salad on Monday at dinner time, and store in an airtight container. Add dressing to individual servings.
  4. When the first half is gone, mix up the remaining ingredients.
  5. Enjoy it ALL week long!

More Delicious Salads:

Side shot of two bowls of salad with Italian dressing.

Make this delicious salad next: Shaved Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Dressing

xoxo ~Sue

A bowl of Italian chopped salad with salami and cheese.

Best Italian Chopped Salad with Salami

Best Italian Chopped Salad with Salami is full of vibrant ingredients, and makes dinner time interesting. Combining romaine lettuce with veggies, chick peas, olives, mozzarella cheese, salami, and a creamy Italian Dressing encourages healthy eating all week long.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 large salads
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


For the salad:

  • 16 cups salad greens (or more) – cleaned and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes – halved
  • 8 ounces sliced Bella mushrooms
  • 15 oz. garbanzo beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup black olives – sliced
  • 3-4 ounces salami – sliced in strips
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese – cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoona sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste


  • For the salad: Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, or six main dish serving bowls.
  • For the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a salad shaker or a mason jar. Shake well, and drizzle over salads to serve.


I recommend adding the dressing to individual salads. If you’re serving a large group, then you can add it to the entire salad, but you may not need all the dressing. 


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 803mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1433IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. This is fantastic, made it for a dinner party and it got rave reviews from all!! A salad that eats like a meal!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      We love this one too, Shari! That salami…:)

  2. Carl Wilson says:

    Hi Sue, I make a similar dressing for my Italian salads.
    I often use anchovy paste or the fish itself instead of salt and I use other vinegar like raspberry vinegar. Also, I add shallots, finely chopped too.
    And for those of us watching our carb intake, no sugar.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds great as well, Carl! Thanks for your suggestions! 🙂

  3. Made the dressing.loved it. Lots of flavor and i really like the red pepper and garlic combined with the mustard.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Sue! I’m so glad you liked it. I add red pepper to almost everything now! 🙂

  4. An awesome salad and the dressing is top notch. Love this healthy option to get my meal on track.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      For sure! It’s my fav!

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