Italian Chopped Salad

Take this “deli of a salad” to your next picnic! Chock-full of cheese, salami, garbanzo beans, and crunchy veggies, this hearty salad is a meal by itself! Dress it up in your favorite Italian dressing and you are good to go. When I don’t have time to make my own, I fall back on Olive Garden’s yummy Italian dressing. It’s perfect for this salad! 

The more crunchies the better in this salad. I use cucumber and celery for the crunch and pepperoncini for the punch! 

I’m just a little crazy about salads … salads for lunch, salads for dinner, and side salads, too. My brother-in-law introduced me to Israeli chopped salad for breakfast, and guess what? I love that too. It’s fantastic with a scoop of plain yogurt or cottage cheese … or both! 

For a substantially filling “light” meal, this Italian Chopped Salad is a great way to go. Cubed Parmesan, salami, garbanzo beans, and plenty of chopped veggies tossed in your favorite Italian dressing makes for a fun dinner at home, or a great dish to take on the road to your next potluck or picnic spot. Though there is a dressing recipe included, here, good bottled dressing is perfectly fine, too.

Italian Chopped Salad

Servings 4

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 large head of Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/4 head radicchio chopped
  • 1 or 2 yellow orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15- ounce can garbanzo beans drained
  • 1 1/2 cups of diced salami
  • 1 cup Parano or white cheddar cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 large English cucumbers peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives halved
  • 6 marinated artichoke hearts coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini coarsely chopped

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • S&P to taste

Instructions

Salad:

  • In a large glass salad bowl, layer lettuce, garbanzo beans, cucumber, salami and cheeses. Toss with dressing and serve with bread or crackers.

Dressing:

  • Mix all ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well and toss over salad.

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