Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad
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Italian Chopped Salad

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley!  Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer.  Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Once the warm days of spring and summer roll around, I absolutely love a cool, fresh crisp salad. I love tossing together this fantastic chopped salad recipe that includes all of our favorite salad ingredients.  Much like the famous Olive Garden Salad, this makes a fantastic dinner side dish with grilled chicken, steak, or chops, and makes a fantastic light lunch or dinner just by itself.  I’ve also brought this salad to neighborhood cookouts, picnics, and potluck’s – it’s a nice departure from the mayo-heavy potato and macaroni salad.

Here are the simple steps to making this amazing chopped salad recipe:

Step 1: Chop the lettuce and antipasto ingredients

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Start with a big bowl where you can add all of the ingredients with extra room for tossing.  I tend to start with the romaine lettuce on the bottom, and then add the additional ingredients on top of that.  You’ll add cooked ditalini pasta (or any other small pasta), small black olives, fresh mozzarella balls, thick-cut salami that has been quartered, chopped red onion, sliced yellow pepperoncini peppers, and grape tomatoes.

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Add a grind of black pepper and salt for seasoning.

Step 2: Mix the dressing

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning.  Pour the dressing over the salad.  If you’re making the salad before your meal, be sure to wait until just before serving to dress the salad.  This will help keep the lettuce as crisp as possible.

Step 3: Toss and Serve

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Once you’ve poured the dressing over the top of the salad, toss well to coat all of the ingredients.  The salad is now ready to serve and enjoy!  I’ve also added grated Parmesan cheese to the top of the dressed salad, which is a nice addition.  Chickpeas, cannelini beans, red peppers or any of your other antipasto favorite are a great addition as well.

Enjoy this fantastic chopped salad at your next cookout or potluck – it’s a fantastic side dish that will quickly disappear!  Be prepared to be asked for the recipe.

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

Here’s a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need for this amazing chopped salad recipe:

  • Romaine lettuce (or romaine hearts)
  • Small pasta – like ditalini
  • Salami
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Small black olives
  • Yellow Pepperoncini peppers – jarred (can find these in the condiments & pickle section at the grocery store)
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Italian herbs – dry
  • Minced garlic

Here’s the easy recipe for this Italian Chopped Salad:

Yields 8 servings

Italian Chopped Salad

If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe is right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer!

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 large romaine heart, chopped
  • 2 c. cooked Ditalini pasta (1 c. uncooked)
  • 1 c. thick cut salami, quartered
  • 1 c. fresh mozzarella balls, halved
  • 1 pint, grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 c. red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 c. yellow pepperoncini peppers, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp. dry Italian herbs

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the chopped romaine lettuce to the bottom of the bowl. Top the lettuce with the cooked pasta, olives, mozzarella, salami, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
  2. For the dressing: In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, garlic and herbs.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to dress. Serve right away.
Cuisine: Italian-American | Recipe Type: Side Dish

Notes

If prepping the salad beforehand, wait until just before serving to dress the salad. This will ensure the lettuce stays crisp.

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I hope this recipe inspires you to make an amazing salad to enjoy at your next cookout, picnic or grill-out.  Enjoy!  ~Erin

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If you love Italian anitpasto, then this chopped salad recipe will be right up your alley! Loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, mozzarella, olives, salami and more, this incredible anitpasto salad will quickly become a family favorite for every potluck, cookout, and picnic this summer. Even better than the famous Olive Garden salad!

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely scrumptious! I adore Italian chopped salads and I can hardly wait to make your version.YUM
  2. That looks so good!! I had to pin it! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!
  3. Your Italian Chopped Chopped Salad looks amazing! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon! Miz Helen

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