Chopped Italian Salad

Why is it that salads are better when they are chopped?   I just love a good chopped salad.   This one is really awesome, even Matt commented how good it was and of course he was less than thrilled when I told him salad was all we were having for dinner.   But he agreed it was one of the best salads we have made yet.   The flavor combos are awesome together.  The fresh mozzarella and salami were my favorite parts.  You could even do pepperoni instead of salami if you prefer.  Heck I might even do pepperoni and salami next time!   Next time I will also only use one garlic clove in the dressing it was a bit too garlicky for us- like we both got in bed with stank breath.

Otherwise everything was just perfect. This would be a great salad for entertaining because it looks so pretty before you toss it together.  I assembled ours that morning and let it sit in the fridge til dinner time and tossed it together then and added the dressing.  A delicious, healthy, fresh salad.
Enjoy!

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 adapted via the cozy apron


Salad ingredients:

3 romaine hearts, halved and chopped into small dice
 
cherry tomatoes halved or quartered depending on the size
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped into small dice
½ red onion, chopped into small dice
1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped into small dice
tiny fresh mozzarella balls halved (or you can use a big ball and dice)
4 ounces (about ¼ pound) Italian dry salami, chopped into small dice
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
peperconcinis diced

Herbed Red Wine Vinaigrette ingredients:

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon sugar (I left the sugar out)
 Pinch ground black pepper and salt
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

-In a medium bowl, add all ingredients through salt and pepper, and whisk to
combine; next begin slowly adding the oil, whisking until vinaigrette is
emulsified.

To Assemble:

-Pour the vinaigrette over the chopped salad greens and thoroughly
toss to coat; check and adjust the salt/pepper.

20 Comments

  1. January 15, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    I'm trying really hard to eat healthier. I will certainly be making this salad soon.
    Thanks!!

  2. January 15, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    I.love.you.! This is right up my alley!

    Chris cringes when I say salad also! I about wet my pets the other day when he asked me to make him one of my juices from my Ninja!

  3. January 15, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    I was hoping you were going to post this! I'm making this asap!!!!

  4. January 15, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    A salad never looked so good!!

  5. January 15, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    Cannot wait to try this one!

  6. January 15, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    I will definitely be making this! Thanks!

  7. January 15, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Looks delicious!!! Making this for lunch 🙂

  8. January 15, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    looks so good! on my must make "new recipes" list 🙂

  9. January 15, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    Just pinned this, can't wait to try it!

  10. January 15, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Being Italian a chopped salad is my life line – I like your version. It will be my dinner tomorrow night. MMMMMMMMM

  11. January 15, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    I am drooling!! This looks amazing. I love chopped salads and this has all the goodies in it.

  12. January 15, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Dang girl, your chopping skills are on point!!! Everything is the perfect small size, I love it! Thanks for another great salad inspiration. 🙂

  13. January 16, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I have all of the ingredients for this! Definitely making it soon!

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