Classic Chopped Salad: Have it Your Way

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You’ve probably eaten a chopped salad before. It’s not quite a cobb salad, nor a chef salad, but of course it could be, because, in my mind, a chopped salad is any salad where all the ingredients are small bite sized pieces.

Chopped Salad Ingredient Ideas

Ingredient Suggestions ~ Classic Chopped Salad ~

The best part of the chopped salad is having fun with the ingredients. I like to use hearts of romaine. They are a little tastier than iceburg, but still have great crunch value. Of course, the nice thing about salads is that you can include what you like and exclude those ingredients you dislike.

When choosing ingredients think about balancing sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy. I like to have a little bit of everything. Stack them up on your fork for a mouthful of wonderful flavors. And hey, it’s pretty healthy too.


Another tip I like, is making sure that you do not over dress your salad. One way to do this is by placing a small amount of dressing in the bowl first. Add all of your greens and goodies, and then toss. You can always add more if you think you need it.

Chopped Salad  ~

In the salad I made above I used hearts of romaine, pickle style cucumbers, grape tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, carrots, red onions, dried cranberries and dates, and fresh goat cheese. To dress this salad I made my friend Mary Ann’s Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.

Other ingredient ideas outside of the many variations above are: olives, celery, fruit, beans, corn, couscous, quinoa, beets, peppers, fresh herbs, edible flowers and nuts.

Serve as a side dish,  or add a protein like grilled chicken or shrimp, and serve as a main course. This also makes a perfect buffet dinner idea when entertaining. You can place several different options and a few great homemade salad dressings and go let your friends create, and eat, their own masterpiece.

Bited Sized Pieces of Veggies, Greens, Cheese and More - Classic Chopped Salad -

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Simply yum! this looks so good and romaine is one of my favorites.

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