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Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad Recipe from Weelicious

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When I first moved to Los Angeles many moons ago, a friend took me to a restaurant called La Scala. It's kind of an LA institution. In addition to the red leather booths and old school waiters, they're especially famous for one dish, their chopped salad. Up to that point I had never tasted anything like it. The salad I grew up eating was basic: big pieces of iceberg lettuce, wedges of tomato and slices of cucumbers tossed in Italian WishBone Dressing. Not to say that the salad of my youth wasn't tasty, but this was a totally different experience. Crunchy Romaine lettuce, fresh turkey, ham, salami, chickpeas, olives, peppers, mozzarella and more diced into tiny bite-sized pieces and lightly tossed with a tangy vinaigrette. I was hooked.

Chopped Salad Recipe from Weelicious

So obsessed did I become with the idea of chopped salad using a mezzaluna, I even tried to open my own chopped salad restaurant after culinary school. The idea was that you could pick from a wide variety of farm fresh vegetables and other toppings and have them all chopped and mixed together so that every single bite you had was the best bite. I went as far as looking at potential locations but sadly, that endeavor never came to fruition. Now you can find small chains in some cities which specialize in that, but luckily making your own choped salad at home is simple. I've also found that kids adore it. Since everything is cut into tiny pieces, the salad is much easier to get in your mouth and chew, making the whole task of eating it less daunting for little ones -- and easier to digest for all of us.

This is my version of the famous La Scala chopped salad I came to love, but you should feel free to use whatever's in your fridge to make it your own. The possibilities are endless!

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Chopped Salad  (serves 4 )

  • Prep Time: 8 mins,
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When I first moved to Los Angeles many moons ago, a friend took me to a restaurant called La Scala. It's kind of an LA institution. In addition to the red leather booths and old school waiters, they're especially famous for one dish, their chopped...

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce, about 1 head
  • 1/2 cup chopped deli turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped salami
  • 1 small tomato, diced, about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Preparation

  1. 1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the Dijon, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.
  2. 2. Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. 3. Drizzle the dressing on top just before serving and toss to thoroughly coat.
  4. * Alternatively all of the salad ingredients can be placed together on a cutting board and chopped using a mezzaluna or chef's knife.
Chopped Salad

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  1. Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

    July 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Looks like a lunch made in heaven!

  2. Kim Beaulieu

    July 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Perfect salad for tonight’s dinner.

  3. vera

    July 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I am a Master Chef..Work all over N.Y.C. And the Hampton’s..But i love this site…

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    July 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This is my kind of salad- so awesome!

  5. Jessica

    July 11, 2014 at 9:45 am

    LaScala is my FAVORITE! So grateful to have this recipe.

    Next time you’re in LA try LaProvence – their chopped is arguably better AND they have French Macaroons to DIE for. <3

  6. Cait

    July 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I would have frequented your chopped salad restaurant!