Italian Chopped Salad

A flavorful chopped salad with salami, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, cucumber, plum tomatoes, red onion, little pasta rings and romaine lettuce tossed in a tangy Parmesan vinaigrette.

For this salad everything is chopped small so you get a lot of different flavors in every bite. Cool and crunchy, this is a salad you can enjoy any time of the year.

While I was making the chopped salad I decided right then and there to also make a pasta salad using all the same ingredients except the romaine. Honestly, I can’t decide which I like better. They’re both absolutely delicious.

I guess it depends on your mood and what you’re craving at the moment. Maybe, like me, you’re indecisive and will make both. Win-win.

Italian Pasta Salad

The thing I love most about throwing together a salad is their extreme versatility. You can use this recipe as a guide and omit anything you don’t like or have on hand while adding in more of what you do like.

Welcome additions like capers, roasted red peppers, green olives, a different type of meat like pepperoni, bacon or ham, a different type of cheese like feta, goat or fontina and/or a different bean like white or black beans. This is one of the most forgiving recipes ever.

For a vegetarian version omit the meat and double up on the chickpeas and/or cheese.

So packed with veggies and protein you can serve it as a side dish or a main. Or you can simply eat it at all hours of the day and night until you find yourself scraping the bowl clean and plotting to make it again because it’s that kind of salad. The unforgettable kind.

Italian Chopped Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 6 - 8 as a side dish

Italian Chopped Salad

INGREDIENTS:

dressing:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil or a neutral tasting oil like corn oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 - 3 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
salad:
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
3/4 cup diced plum tomatoes, seeds removed
3/4 cup diced cucumber, seeds removed
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni or salami
3/4 cup diced mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup sliced or chopped black olives
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked small pasta (I used anelletti)
8 cups finely chopped romaine hearts or romaine/iceberg mix
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
red pepper flakes, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

    Make the dressing:
  1. Pulse all the dressing ingredients together except salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the salad:
  3. In a large mixing bowl toss everything together except the romaine salt, pepper and red pepper.
  4. When ready to serve toss with the romaine then mix in dressing a little at a time until everything is evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved. No copying or duplication of any content (including photos) without the express written permission from the owner of this website.

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/italian-chopped-salad/

Italian Pasta Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings as a side dish

Italian Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS:

dressing:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil or a neutral tasting oil like corn oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 - 3 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
salad:
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts
3/4 cup diced plum tomatoes, seeds removed
3/4 cup diced cucumber, seeds removed
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni or salami
3/4 cup diced mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup sliced or chopped black olives
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
8 ounces cooked and cooled small/medium size pasta (I used anelletti)
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
red pepper flakes, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

    Make the dressing:
  1. Pulse all the dressing ingredients together except salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the salad:
  3. In a large mixing bowl toss everything together except the salt, pepper and red pepper.
  4. Mix in the dressing a little at a time and toss until everything is evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved. No copying or duplication of any content (including photos) without the express written permission from the owner of this website.

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/italian-chopped-salad/

Italian Salad

Comments

  1. Kathy says

    This is sooo yummy! I made the Pasta Salad version and kept it all as written except I used 3 T of red wine vinegar and 3 T honey. Thanks for sharing this. I have been looking for a great pasta salad that had dressing other than out of a bottle. :-)

    • Reeni says

      Thank-you Kathy! I love the idea of adding honey for a little sweetness to go with all the savory flavors! Happy Sunday!

  2. Pandora Shaw says

    What I really love is your adorable “Kitchen Cat.” I pinned him as well as the yummy-looking recipes. Thank you.

  3. Jenn says

    This was delicious! I was too tired after work to make the pasta, and used marinated mozzarella balls with bottled Olive Garden dressing. Also had left-over proscuitto so I used that instead of salami. With everything chopped, each forkful was a delightful mixture of sweet, savory, and salty. The kids had seconds…OF SALAD!

  4. Sarah says

    I made this two nights ago for dinner and it was amazing. My daughter and I kept going back for seconds and thirds. We still had leftovers the next day so we added some sliced avocado and loaded it all into a wrap with some of the dressing drizzled on top. This will certainly be a staple in our house from now on and the dressing is so good I could drink it right out of the jar.

    Thank You!!!!

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