There is something so satisfying about this Italian Chopped Salad. Fresh greens, Tomatoes, Onions tossed in a light vinaigrette. A Simple salad that you can serve with any meal.
Italian Chopped Salad is really easy to make and versatile. You can serve it as a light lunch by itself or works as a great side dish with any meat or fish. This salad is refreshing, loaded with fresh crunchy greens.
For instance, you can upgrade this simple chopped salad by adding whatever ingredients you fancy in your salad. This is one of the best and close to authentic Italian chopped salad recipes that you can make.
You would find the chopped salad in almost every restaurant in Italy. During our Italy trip, we made sure that we were not limited to pizzas and pasta. We had explored a lot of local delicacies including some amazing Italian salads.
Few of our memorable meals were Onion and beef stew, Ribollita, Bistecca Fiorentina (Florentine steak) in Florence, Risotto al Nero di seppia in Venice, Risotto Alla Milanese in Milan. And with almost every meal we had ordered a chopped salad or a Caprese Salad as a side. We loved it so much and hence, wanted to make it at home and write a recipe on it on our return.
What Do You Need For Italian Chopped Salad?
Unlike the Italian salad recipes, you would find on the internet, In Italy, a chopped salad recipe is really simple. It is just roughly torn greens like lettuce, arugula and chunks of ripe pulpy tomatoes without any dressing. You can make at home a chopped salad as good as any that you will find in a restaurant.
But you can add a lot of other ingredients and make it more filling. Here are a few ingredients you can add to your salad
- Bread Crouton for extra crunch
- Simple Italian Dressing to toss the salad with.
If you prefer eating salad for lunch then give this ITALIAN CHICKEN PASTA SALAD a try.
Italian Chopped Salad
- 4 cups Romaine
- 1 cup Ripe Cherry Tomatoes cut into halves
- ½ cup Sliced red onion
- 1 cup Homemade Croutons (optional)
- Parmesan Cheese to serve
For Italian Dressing
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Red wine Vinegar
- 1 Garlic Clove
- ½ teaspoon dried Oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- Salt to taste
- In a glass container add all the ingredients mentioned under salad dressing. Close the lid and shake well until everything is mixed well.
- Toss Romaine, tomatoes and onions in a salad bowl along with the desired amount of dressing.
- While serving top it up with freshly grated parmesan cheese and croutons(if using)