Italian Chopped Salad



Hello all-  Took this salad to dinner with a table full of friends on Valentines Day.  A big Italian feast.  Jill made us all wear large heart name tags (ala Julia Child) and Tim was ready with the go ’round questions after dinner–
What’s the most romantic things your spouse has ever done??
What about you, most annoys your husband/wife??
If your spouse were famous, what would he/she be known for??

It was a a delightful evening, 12 old friends, most of us married around 40 years, and I appreciated my Larry all the more by the time the evening was over.

And– we had this bright salad–full of a lot of my favorite tastes.  It’s hearty enough to be dinner on its own– or just part of a big festive dinner with friends!


6 cups chopped green leaf lettuce*
1/4 pound hard salami, thickly sliced & chopped
3 oz. feta with herbs, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup bell pepper, chopped
14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup good mixed cured olives

1/3 cup olive oil
3 tab. white balsamic**
1 tsp. honey
3 tab. parmesan romano
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


Spread the greens in a large salad bowl and top with the other salad ingredients.

In a container with a closed lid, shake together the dressing ingredients until they are thoroughly blended.  Pour over the salad just before you are ready to serve and do just a bit of tossing to coat all the salad.  (This amount makes 6 servings)  Enjoy!



35 thoughts on “Italian Chopped Salad

  1. I love chopped salads, throwing in anything and everything, well almost anything. I love everything you have in this salad. Perfect and satisfying. Great recipe Rhonda, hoping you have a glorious weekend.

    • Hey Kat– that’s where I saw it here– at a pizza restaurant (from Mario Batali & Nancy Silverton– our special occasion fave). They have a chopped salad stacked up into a pyramid– so yummy! And I’ll bet there are so many great pizza places in Chicago with great salads. Happy eating (and cooing!) friend. hugs hugs!!

      • Oh yes, I do. Mum passed on many of her staple dishes including her brodo and her sugo (tomato pasta sauce) recipe. She was an amazing cook. Strangely though, as much as I love Italian food, my all time favorite cuisine is actually Thai.

        • Hey Miriam– that’s an around the world leap from Italian to Thai food. do you share recipes?? It would be fun to see your versions of your mother’s cooking… Hope your weekend was a good one– we celebrated our anniversary– 42 years! yikes! hugs hugs.

          • Oh Rhonda, how fabulous! Happy wedding anniversary to you. 42 years, wow, that’s wonderful. Hope you had a lovely celebration and I wish you many more happy and healthy years together. xo Hugs

  2. What a lovely salad, Rhonda. The dressing sounds wonderful (you know I’ll be stealing that one) and the everything looks so appealing! I don’t think I’ve ever done a salad like this with an Italian flair but I’m going to have to remedy that.I think I want to make everything on your blog!

    What a fun set of questions; What about yourself that most annoys your spouse could be very revealing, lol!


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