I absolutely LOVE chopped salads. Max’s restaurants have the best around here. Unless it’s my own. 😉 The best thing is that there is no real recipe for it. You can use whatever you like and what you have on hand. Some how, I think it tastes totally different than if you leave the ingredients whole and make a regular salad. You can get as creative as you want.
I know real chefs would chop everything by hand and a lot of times I do. But I also like convenience and getting things done quickly. So I used my handy dandy “as seen on TV” salsa maker to chop all these ingredients up. It didn’t even take me 10 minutes to make this salad and that included cleaning the veggies. And, the cool thing is too, a little goes a long way, so this is great to make if you’re having guests over. You actually use less ingredients than if you used them in a traditional salad.
So here’s what I put in the salad in the picture above.
1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, 1/2 avocado, 2 very thin asparagus, 1/4 of an English cucumber, 1/4 cup of kidney beans, 1/4 cup of chick peas, 6 jumbo black olives, 2 mini sweet peppers (the same ones I used for my stuffed pepper recipe), 2 tablespoons of pickled banana peppers, 2 chunks marinated artichoke hearts, 1 large scallion (green onion), 1 handful of each: baby spinach and baby romaine.
I chopped the spinach and romaine up first and placed that in a bowl.
Then I cut up the carrot, cucumber and celery into smaller chunks and threw that in the chopper and chopped that up and threw it in with the spinach and lettuce.
Then I threw the rest of the ingredients in the chopper to chop that up and threw it in the bowl with the other ingredients. Mixed it all together and all done.
Notes: The reason I chopped things up the way I did is because I wanted ingredients of the same consistency to be chopped up the same size. Had I put the lettuce in with the harder ingredients, like carrots, everything wouldn’t chop up properly. Also, you notice I didn’t put dressing in the bowl when I tossed it together. That prevents it from getting mushy AND saves calories.
So now, what’s in your favorite chopped salad? Post your recipe below.