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Italian Chopped Salad

This Italian Chopped Salad recipe is full of your favorite Italian flavors such as Kalamata olives, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella and topped with a tangy Italian Vinaigrette to pull it altogether!

I love a salad like this one that is packed with flavor. Other recipes like this you have to try are my Kale and Wild Rice Salad, 10 Minute Veggie Ribbon Salad, and Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad!

Italian Chopped Salad in a white bowl

Personally, I do not have any Italian heritage in my genetic makeup, but by the way I love to create and scarf down Italian food you would think that I do. Italian food reminds me of family and home. When I create an Italian dish I imagine my crazy loud family crowded around the dinner table as we catch up and feast on flavor filled Italian food. And what is the best way to start off a delicious meal? With this Italian Chopped Salad of course! I love that this salad is packed with ingredients so that every bite is full of flavor. I have no doubt that if you whip this up for your family and friends it is sure to be a crowd favorite!

How to make Italian Chopped Salad

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see the recipe card below.

Italian Chopped Salad ingredients

In a bowl combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together well.

Italian Vinaigrette in a glass bowl with a whisk

Next, In a large salad bowl add in the lettuce and all of the toppings on top. Do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve.

Italian Chopped Salad ingredients in a glass bowl

When ready to serve, add ½ cup of the Italian Dressing to the salad and toss everything together.

Salad ingredients being mixed in a glass bowl

Serve and enjoy!

Overhead view of a prepared Italian Chopped Salad in a white bowl

Recipe Variations for this italian chopped salad

This zesty salad is already dairy free and gluten free, however for additional dietary modifications see the quick changes below to fit your lifestyle!

Vegetarian

To make this delicious salad vegetarian you can take out the salami and you are good to go!

Vegan

For a Vegan Italian Chopped Salad, simply remove the salami and mozzarella and you are all set!

Do I have to make the Italian Dressing?

If you already have a favorite Italian dressing you can absolutely use that for this dish.

Italian Chopped Salad in a white bowl

Other Amazing Italian Dishes:

This Italian Chopped Salad recipe is full of your favorite Italian flavors such as Kalamata olives, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella and topped with a tangy Italian Vinaigrette to pull it altogether!

Italian Chopped Salad

This Italian Chopped Salad recipe is full of your favorite Italian flavors such as Kalamata olives, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella and topped with a tangy Italian Vinaigrette to pull it altogether!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 379kcal
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce - rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion - cut into thin slices
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) - drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes - halved
  • 1 cucumber - peeled, seeded, cut in half, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup pepperoncini slices - about 5 peppers
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives - halved
  • 4 oz pearl mozzarella balls
  • 3 oz sliced salami
  • 1/2 cup Italian Vinaigrette Dressing - recipe below
Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 Tbsp Kalamata olives - minced
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese - finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together well.
  • In a large salad bowl add in the lettuce and all of the toppings on top. Do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, add ½ cup of the Italian Dressing to the salad and toss everything together.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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NOTES

Be sure to wait to add dressing to this salad until you are ready to serve so that you don’t lose the crispness of the lettuce and ingredients. 
Nutrition Facts
Italian Chopped Salad
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
379
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
38
g
58
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
24
g
Cholesterol
 
19
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
497
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
241
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
2288
IU
46
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
104
mg
10
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Linda

Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

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