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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Best Chopped Italian Salad!

I don't know about you guys...but my very favorite salad is a Chopped Italian salad.  I am very picky when it comes to this salad.  It must have pieces of white meat chicken, it must have some sort of small pasta, another must is a bit of bacon to add a smokey flavor.  Through the years I have been trying to perfect this salad...and I must say I believe I have accomplished this task!  My Best Chopped Italian Salad is a meal in need nothing has its protein, it has its carbs, it has its vegies and some olive oil for a good fat!  Please try this is awesome!!


For Salad:
  • 1/2 lb. dittalini pasta or other small pasta
  • 3 cups chicken - cooked and chopped into cubes (about 4 chicken breasts I like to grill)
  • 3 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 5-6 oz. crumbled feta or blue cheese
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 zuchinni chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 TB. chopped red onion
 For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 TB. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar or 1 packet of equal
  • 1 TB. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • fresh or dried basil to taste
  • fresh or dried oregano to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste
 For Salad:

Place all salad ingredients in a large serving/salad bowl.  Toss to mix all ingredients up into bowl.

For Dressing:
  1.   Add vinegar, lemon juice, sugar/equal and dijon mustard to a medium sized bowl.  Whisk together  well.
  2. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  3. Add all seasoning and whisk well.
  4. Serve over salad.

1 comment:

  1. I miss having Portillo's chopped salad - it was one of my favorite lunches. Will be making yours this weekend! Thank you!