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Best Italian Chopped Salad

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Best Italian Chopped Salad 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.

Overhead closeup shot of a white bowl of best Italian Chopped Salad, on a gray napkin.

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.

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.

Overhead shot of a large white bowl of Italian Chopped Salad, with a jar of dressing next to it, and salad tongs.

Ingredients needed for Best Italian Chopped Salad:

  • Romaine Lettuce – Get your salad spinner
    out to get the lettuce nice and dry, or buy pre-packaged.
  • Radicchio – A handful of radicchio is the perfect combo, but you could use other greens here.
  • 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!
  • Chick Peas – 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.

A gray tray with salad ingredients in small bowls.
Overhead shot of Italian salami, and cheeses, on a white background.
Overhead shot of a large white bowl of Italian Chopped Salad, separated by ingredient.

Let’s talk about the Creamy Italian Dressing next.

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

Skip the Ranch Dressing and go for this one!

How to make Best Italian Chopped Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing:

  1. Prep ingredients. Clean and chop the lettuce, slice the onion and tomatoes, cube the cheese, halve the salami, and strain the chick peas and olives.
  2. Combine. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl – the lettuce, radicchio, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, chick peas, olives, cheese, and salami – and toss.
  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.
  4. EAT. Enjoy the BEST Italian Chopped Salad! 😀
Overhead shot of a white bowl of best Italian Chopped Salad, on a gray napkin.

Here’s what I recommend if you want 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 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!

Other healthy and delicious salads for you to try:

Side shot of a large white bowl of Best Italian Chopped Salad, with a hand drizzling creamy Italian Dressing.

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

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Making a large interesting Italian Chopped Salad at the start of the week will encourage healthy eating all week long. My Creamy Italian Dressing is a must! | suebeehomemaker.com

Best Italian Chopped Salad

Best Italian Chopped Salad 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.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: best chopped salad, creamy Italian Dressing, Italian chopped salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 large salads
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 10-12 cups romaine lettuce – cleaned and chopped
  • 2 cups radicchio (or other lettuce of your choice) – chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion – sliced thin
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes – halved
  • 8 ounces sliced Bella mushrooms
  • 1 can garbanzo beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 4 ounces salami – sliced in strips
  • 8 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
  • 1 teaspoon 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1023mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9920IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 2.2mg

8 Comments

  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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