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Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad 2.000

Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post; styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Sep 22, 2020

Consider this the foundation for an easy-to-toss-together Italian-style salad, and then let your imagination take over. If you desire a meatier salad, add 1/2 cup of chopped salami or ham. Kick up the umami with a tablespoon of rough-chopped capers or anchovies. Think it needs more bite? Toss in thinly sliced red onion or slip a teaspoon of minced garlic into the dressing.

Storage Notes: Refrigerate the salad and dressing, in separate airtight containers so the lettuce does not wilt, for up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 2 servings; 4 side salads

  • For the salad
  • 4 cups (10 ounces) coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Kalamata olives (about 12)
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup croutons (optional)
  • For the dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pepperoncini brine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

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Make the salad: In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes, chickpeas, pepperoncini, olives, mozzarella cheese and parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, pepperoncini brine, lemon juice, vinegar, Italian seasoning and salt.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.Taste, and adjust the seasonings as needed, and top with croutons, if using.

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Adapted from “Stress-Free Family Meal Planning” by Kristen McCaffrey (Page Street Publishing, 2020)

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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