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Italian Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
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Italian Chopped Salad

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This Italian Chopped Salad is brimming with mozzarella, salami, peppers, tomatoes and olives, plus a zesty lemon herb vinaigrette! There’s a reason why Italian Chopped salad is so popular! This is one of my favorite salad recipes and it’s an easy go-to on busy weeknights.

I don’t know about you, but I live for recipes where I don’t have to touch the oven. This salad is equal parts hearty and full of flavor, while still feeling light and fresh. This is my go-to salad recipe to pull out whenever I have company! It’s the perfect starter for so many dinners.

Italian Chopped Salad: A Dinner-Worthy Salad

I love a salad for dinner, but I’m only into hearty and interesting salads! Salads with texture and full of flavor. I love this Italian Chopped Salad because you can really load on the toppings here.

If you think that a salad for dinner won’t be filling or satisfying enough, I urge you to give this recipe a try! Load the salad up with as many toppings as you want! The combination of bold flavors and texture really leaves you feeling sated. The blend of romaine and radicchio along with so many flavorful toppings makes this Italian Chopped Salad truly special.

The vinaigrette is my favorite dressing recipe to keep on hand! It’s the perfect blend of olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs and is perfect on so many salads. If you love salads too, check out my THAI BEEF AND NOODLE SALAD or my VIETNAMESE CHICKEN SALAD.

Italian Chopped Salad

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Easy – This recipe is so easy to throw together any night of the week! While it requires a bit of chopping, this salad can easily be made in advance and only takes about 20 minutes to throw together.

Great for Entertaining – This is a truly impressive and flavorful salad! It’s the first recipe I pull out when company comes to call. It’s chock full of flavor and textures and feels restaurant-quality while being really simple to throw together. Everyone needs an easy recipe that looks like it took tons of work!

Customizable – This Italian Chopped Salad is so easy to adapt to your tastes. You only need a handful of ingredients and can make substitutions for most ingredients. There are so many toppings options and you can pick and choose your favorites. You could also bulk this salad up with some grilled chicken to really make it a whole meal.

Italian Chopped Salad

How to Make an Italian Chopped Salad

You can whisk the dressing by hand, but I recommend an immersion blender for ease!

Tools Needed

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Greens. I used a mix of romaine and radicchio for this recipe, but you could also add in some arugula or even iceberg lettuce for crunch.
  • Cheese. More cheese is better, right? I used both chopped up provolone, mini mozzarella balls, and finely grated parmesan.
  • Salami. Thinly sliced salami adds great flavor and texture. Use your favorite here! I went with spicy soppressata.
  • Veggies. Red onion, cherry tomatoes, and chopped cucumber add flavor and crunch.
  • Pickled peppers. I went with pickled teardrop peppers for some sweet heat and pepperoncini. Pick your favorites!
  • Olives. Kalamata and green olives work great.
  • Fresh basil. Torn fresh basil leaves add lots of fresh flavor to the Italian Chopped Salad.
  • Dressing. This lemon-herb vinaigrette is so easy to mix up! I love having it on hand for salads, but you can use any vinaigrette you like, store-bought or homemade.

The Process

  • Step one: Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, cover, and shake really well until the dressing is emulsified. I like to use an immersion blender here, but a mason jar is the easiest way to mix the dressing and also store it.
  • Step two: Chop all your veggies up! Shred the romaine and radicchio into bite sized pieces. Then, chop the tomatoes and cucumber, slice the onions, and get the toppings together.
  • Step three: Assemble! Mix your greens with chopped veggies and other ingredients and then toss with dressing.

Easy Italian Chopped Salad Dressing

This is my favorite all-purpose vinaigrette that I always have on hand! It’s so easy to make and store.

I like making the dressing in a mason jar because you can mix and store it in the same vessel. The dressing is a simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, dijon, maple syrup, garlic, dried basil, and dried oregano. So simple, but so, so good.

You can make the dressing ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! And you’ll find so many ways to use it, but this Italian Chopped Salad is a great place to start!

What to Serve with Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad is such a versatile side dish! This is a dish you can enjoy all year long. Some of my favorite recipes to enjoy with it:

Storing Italian Chopped Salad

To store Italian Chopped Salad: Once assembled and dressed, this Italian Chopped Salad is best eaten within a few hours of serving. However, the deconstructed elements of this salad may be stored separately in airtight containers for 4-6 days in the fridge.

Meal prep tips: If you’re making this recipe for meal prep, I recommend that you store the ingredients in divided meal prep containers and assemble/toss with dressing right before eating.

Italian Chopped Salad

More Salad Recipes to Try Now

TURKEY TACO SALAD
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VIETNAMESE CHICKEN SALAD

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Italian Chopped Salad Recipe
Main Dishes, Salad, Salads, Side Dish

Italian Chopped Salad

This Italian Chopped Salad is brimming with mozzarella, salami, peppers, tomatoes and olives, plus a zesty lemon herb vinaigrette!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients

Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • pepper

Italian Chopped Salad

  • 1 romaine head, finely chopped
  • 1/2 radicchio head, thinly shredded
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped english cucumber
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz Italian salami, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata or green olives
  • 1/2 cup pickled teardrop peppers
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls (bocconcini)
  • 2 oz provolone cheese, diced
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Combine the dressing ingredients in mason jar. Use an immersion blender to blend the dressing until smooth and emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Toss all the salad ingredients together and toss with as much dressing as desired.

Notes

The dressing recipe can be doubled or tripled to make extra. 

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