Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped SaladSimple ingredients chopped and blended the right way can be transformed into a dish that is irresistible.  Cucumber, tomato, olives, and onion tossed with romaine, a sprinkle of feta and a pour of homemade Italian dressing is all it takes to make this delicious salad.  It’s semplicemente deliziosa!

Italian Chopped Salad 2

I’ve made this salad so many times, but I thought it was too simple to post on my blog.  My mind was changed last week when I had my brother and sister’s family over visiting.  They went crazy over it.  I decided to make this salad after dinner when everyone was already full. I know, that sounds kind of odd, but I was craving my salad greens so I did like the Italians and ate a salad at the end of the meal.  Everyone looked at me kind of crazy because they just knew I was wasting my time and all my vegetables by making such a huge salad when no one was hungry anymore.  When all the chopping and mixing was complete, they decided to get a small sample.  They hated for it to all go to waste.  I just smiled because I knew they wouldn’t be able to resist.  Within ten minutes there wasn’t a morsel of greens in the bowl.  This salad was devoured by a few of my full-bellied peeps.

To get started on this salad, gather these vegetables:

Italian Chopped Salad Ingredients

It sounds too simple to be this tasty.  I think the secret is in the way it is chopped.

Italian Chopped Salad Ingredients 2

Everything must be chopped small so you can get a tiny taste of it all with each bite.  I even chop the Romaine into tiny pieces.

Italian Chopped Salad cucumbersI like to use the small salad cucumbers.  This picture shows how I slice and chop them.

Italian Chopped Salad 3I use a simple homemade Italian Vinaigrette for this salad.  I like to add a little honey or sweet balsamic to it.  I never purchase dressings anymore because they contain too many unhealthy additives, and it is just too easy to make a dressing yourself.  This salad is a must-try recipe.  I am pretty sure you’ll add it to your favorites list.

Italian Chopped Salad pourQuesta insalata tritata italiano è molto buono! 

Italian Chopped Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large heart of Romaine lettuce
  • 1½ cup chopped salad cucumbers, about 4
  • 1½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped small
  • ½ - ¾ kalamata or black olives, sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 6 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon quality dark balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon honey, adjust this to your taste, if you like it sweeter, add a little more
  • 1½ teaspoon chopped Italian parsley, you can add oregano or others herbs also
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop romaine: cut the frayed, dark green ends off and chop the lettuce lengthwise. Then, chop across to create tiny bite size pieces of lettuce.
  2. Chop cucumbers and onion into very small pieces.
  3. Slice tomatoes and olives.
  4. Mix all of this into a large salad bowl.
  5. Stir in the feta
  6. Dressing: whisk oil, white balsamic vinaigrette, dark balsamic vinaigrette, white wine vinegar, and honey together. Stir in herbs, salt and pepper.
  7. Pour on desired amount of dressing and serve.

 

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