Too often, restaurant salads cost as much as an entrée – but don’t fill you up. This is NOT one of those salads. This chopped Italian salad recipe is ideal if you want to get full on salad.

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How To Make A Really Great Chopped Italian Salad

A chopped salad is a salad that contains a variety of ingredients that are cut in roughly the same size.

Here’s what you need to know to make a really great chopped Italian salad:

  • Ingredients: A variety of fresh ingredients makes for a tasty and filling salad. If you’re looking to save money, you can certainly omit certain ingredients or make cost-effective substitutions (like using a regular cucumber instead of an English cucumber, for example). 
  • Size of ingredients: All of your ingredients should be cut in approximately the same size. This makes the salad easy to mix and pick up with a fork. Chopped salads are, as the name suggests, chopped and served all mixed together instead of layered on a plate. 
  • Dressing: You can buy Italian dressing ready-made, or make it yourself using this simple recipe:
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
      • Whisk all ingredients together, or place in a lidded jar and shake until incorporated.

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Make It Paleo-Friendly

  • Omit Parmesan cheese
  • Purchase nitrate-free salami
  • Purchase (or make) a sugar-free Italian dressing

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Chopped Italian salad: This salad has ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF! Click through for recipe!

Chopped Italian Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cut all salad ingredients roughly the same size.


  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 8 mini sweet peppers
  • 6 pepperoncini peppers 
  • 12 salami slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Italian dressing


  1. Prep ingredients: Cut all salad ingredients into bite-sized pieces. The goal is to have most of the ingredients about the same size.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl, or prepare individual plates. Serve with Italian dressing.

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