Italian chopped salad LOADED with salami, mozzarella and veggies all tossed in a tangy balsamic dijon vinaigrette.
Note: This recipe originally posted in 2014. Photos updated 2018.
Eating a big salad for lunch is always a goal of mine. I try to do it at least once or twice a week. It doesn’t always work out as planned but when it does, I always feel so much better! Eating a big salad is such a great way to get all of your veggies into one meal.
One of the ways I can keep on track is by changing up things when it comes to salads. Sure a traditional green salad is good and all but day after day it can get kind of boring. Mixing it up with different greens, different veggies and different proteins really helps keep things fresh. Some of my favorites are crispy chickpea and arugula salad, tarragon shrimp salad, a loaded greek salad and this Italian Chopped Salad.
A chopped salad is exactly what it sounds like. Each ingredient is chopped to a uniform size.
This Italian Chopped Salad is full of flavor. It’s chock-full of all kinds of goodies. Lettuce, chickpeas, red onion, tomatoes, mozzarella, red pepper and salami. So many good things it’s impossible to resist.
And every good big salad, needs to have a great dressing right? And there are any number of Italian dressings that you can find in the condiment aisle at the grocery store. But making your own dressing is incredibly easy. Most Italian dressing has oil, vinegar and seasonings. The dressing on this Italian salad is no different. It’s a simple Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette and oh goodness is it good. And it only needs 5 ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
I am not kidding when I say that this salad is loaded with flavor, I could probably eat the whole bowl by myself but it would also be the perfect salad for those warm summer nights out side.
Of course you could then wash the whole thing down with a glass of pinot gris or rosé.
Now, who’s ready for lunch?
If you’re still not sure, this video will make you hungry for sure!
Prep the salad dressing 30 minutes ahead by simply whisking all ingredients together and allowing to set at room temperature.
Combine all salad ingredients together in a bowl. Toss with salad dressing and serve.
Nutrition facts not guaranteed.
Amount per serving: 4 servings
Calories: 312 , Total Fat: 21g , Saturated Fat: 5.1g , Cholesterol: 22mg , Sodium: 574mg , Carbohydrates: 22.6g , Fiber: 6 , Sugar: 6.6g , Protein: 10.9g