Sunday, December 16, 2018

Potluck Recipe: How to Make an Italian Chopped Salad

Need a recipe for your next holiday potluck? This salad makes a great entree or side dish.

‘Tis the season for holiday parties at home or in the office.  If you’re stuck on what to bring, I’m happy to share a fan favorite with you: my Italian Chopped Salad goes well with most holiday entrees or other regular party favorites.  The colorful, fresh ingredients catch your eye on a holiday table and make you feel a little less guilty chasing it with a slice of pie.

My Italian Chopped Salad was originally inspired by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe in his book The Food Lab.

Ingredients for Italian Chopped Salad:
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup peppercinis, sliced then roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 8 oz. hard salami (1/4 in. slices, cubed)
  • 6 oz. provolone cheese (1/4 in. slices, cubed)
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, sliced crosswise into shreds
  • 3/4 cup of Italian dressing (homemade or store-bought)

I’ve created a video demonstration of how to make this chopped salad here:

You can adjust or add ingredients how you like. I sometimes like to change out ingredients to give it a new flavor profile. For example:
  • Exchange the salami for cubed ham
  • Swap the provolone for colby jack cheese or gorgonzola
  • Remove the kalamata olives and peppercinis
  • Add bacon bits and hard boiled egg
  • Switch from Italian dressing to ranch or bleu cheese

Magically, it’s a Chopped Cobb Salad!  See where your kitchen creativity takes you.

Hope you enjoy this tasty holiday recipe and that it’s a hit at your next potluck!

If you’d like to see more recipes, please leave suggestions in the comments below.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!