by Dina Polyashov

Italian Chopped Salad

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Full of delicious vegetables, salami, cheese, and beans, this Italian Chopped Salad is tossed with a flavorful Italian dressing. This cold salad recipe is sure to be a favorite at every meal and get-together you serve it at!

Summer is the perfect time for cold salads, like this tasty Italian pasta salad, Greek salad and simple lettuce salad.

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Hi, I’m Dina from SimplyHomeCooked.com, and today, I’m sharing this incredible salad that is a must for summertime! This chopped salad is the perfect cold salad to serve because it has a little bit of everything. The scrumptious combination of savory meats and cheeses with crisp, juicy vegetables, and then the drizzle of dressing made with flavorful herbs is not to be missed.

I love serving this during the warmer months as a side or even as a light meal. It goes great with other salads with similar flavors, like tomato mozzarella salad and chickpea salad. If you’re heading to a picnic or backyard barbecue, then you can prep this Italian chopped salad recipe ahead of time and just assemble and go. If you are osting, serve alongside this grilled lemon rosemary chicken breast. Delicious and easy!

Ingredients for Italian Chopped Salad

  • Lettuce: I like the crunch of iceberg lettuce for this salad. But you could mix it with others if you prefer.
  • Meat and Beans: Genoa salami and garbanzo beans add lots of flavor and texture to the salad, not to mention some filling protein.
  • Cheese: You can cube mozzarella cheese or use these mozzarella pearls that are the perfect size.
  • Vegetables: Juicy cherry tomatoes, red onion, English cucumber, and pepperoncini add so much flavor. You can use other varieties of these veggies, but I find these taste the best.
  • Dressing: Olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, water, fresh lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and salt make a simple and delicious homemade Italian dressing that can be used for any salads. You can also use store-bought, but this is a breeze and tastes much better!
Ingredients for Italian Chopped Salad, including iceberg lettuce, cucumber, red onion, salami, mozzarella pearls, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini, lemon, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt, and Italian seasoning.

How to Make Italian Chopped Salad

  • Combine dressing ingredients: In a large measuring cup, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, water, fresh lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  • Whisk the dressing: To fully combine and emulsify the dressing whisk it vigorously. You should have about 1 cup total. Now set it aside.
  • Prepare the vegetables and meat: Chop up the lettuce into shreds and slice the salami and pepperoncini. Then cut the cucumber into small wedges or dice it. Half the cherry tomatoes and dice up the onion.
  • Assemble the Italian chopped salad: Now place the chopped lettuce into a large serving bowl and arrange the rest of the salad ingredients on top. Then drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together right before serving.

FAQs

What is chopped salad?

Chopped salad is a regular salad only with a different look – all ingredients are chopped. Its must have ingredients are something salty and extra seasoned like cured meats, cheeses and pickled spicy veggies. All ingredients are chopped in same size pieces and mixed instead of being layered in a traditional salad.

Is chopped salad healthy?

This chopped salad recipe qualifies as healthy loaded with fresh vegetables, protein packed garbanzo beans, homemade salad dressing and a moderate amount of salami. Here at iFOODreal, when it comes to healthy eating we believe in moderation and balance.

The story might be different when it comes to chopped salad kits. If it is primarily loaded with nutrient-low lettuce, high sodium and sugar dressing and is short on fresh vegg, it is best to stick to buying fresh ingredients and making homemade salad.

Can I make it without lettuce?

Yes, you can. Substitute with 2-3 cups of fresh and firm veggies like cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini. All can be finely chopped and used raw.

What to Serve Chopped Salad With?

Vertical of Italian Chopped Salad

Storing and Making Ahead the Salad

Store: Salad can be stored in an airtight container for about 2 days in the refrigerator. Any longer and the lettuce begins to get soggy.

Make ahead: You can make the dressing a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge in a covered container or mason jar. Separately store the other chopped ingredients for 2-3 days in the fridge, then assemble and dress the salad when you’re ready to serve it.

This Italian Chopped Salad recipe is one of my favorites because it’s delicious, simple, and a crowd-pleaser. I hope you enjoy its amazing flavors, too!

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Italian Chopped Salad in a white bowl with sliced lemons beside it
Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe {So Easy!}

This flavorful Italian Chopped Salad is full of crisp, juicy vegetables, savory salami and cheese, and homemade dressing. You have to try it!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce or 2 small
  • 15 oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Genoa salami chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini sliced
  • 1/2 cup English cucumber chopped

Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Start off by making the dressing first. Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, water, fresh lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and salt into a large measuring cup.
    Italian Chopped Salad
  • Then stir vigorously using a small whisk. Once the dressing is well combined, set it aside. Tip: The dressing can be made a few days in advance and kept in the fridge until ready to use. If you prefer to buy your favorite salad dressing from the store instead, you will need a total of 1 cup for this recipe.
    Italian Chopped Salad
  • Now chop up the lettuce into shreds, and then chop the pepperoncini and salami into slices. The cucumber can be cut into small wedges or diced into small cubes. The cherry tomatoes will only need to be sliced into halves, and the red onion will need to be diced.
    Italian Chopped Salad
  • Now place the chopped lettuce into a large serving bowl and arrange the rest of the salad ingredients on top.
    Italian Chopped Salad
  • Then drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss everything together right before serving.

Store: This Italian Chopped Salad can be stored in an airtight container for about 2 days in the refrigerator. Any longer and the lettuce begins to get soggy.

    Make ahead: You can make the dressing a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge in a covered container or mason jar. Separately store the other chopped ingredients for 2-3 days in the fridge, then assemble and dress the salad when you're ready to serve it.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 624IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 3mg
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      About Dina Polyashov

      Dina is a self-taught cook and photographer based in Washington. She spends most of her time keeping up with her three little girls along with developing wholesome and easy recipes for her food blog Simply Home Cooked.

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