When the heat of summer settles in, dinner salads become a norm in my house, and having this Italian Chopped Salad on rotation is fantastic! Packed with tons of classic Italian flavors, this is a treat at any meal.
The ingredient list for this one is a little on the long side. But what's great is you can add or take away to customize the salad to your taste. Just be sure to spring for multiple kinds of cheese, good olives, and great salami. After that things are easily interchangeable.
I also like to make my own dressing for this salad. It is quick and easy and there really isn't anything on the market that taste like an Italian salad dressing.
Just one more note I wanted to include, I purchased this pack of mixed salami to use for this recipe at Costco. It is a great find and provides everything you need for this salad.
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I first mix up the dressing by putting all the ingredients into a jar and shaking them up to combine. This is a fun and easy way to mix up any salad dressing.
Then dress the lettuce with a little bit of the dressing before adding all the remaining ingredients into the bowl.
Then, add all the toppings into the bowl and toss it together. This is a little bit of wild-looking salad, but all the flavor makes up for the looks! I like to finish the salad off with some rolled-up prosciutto and basil leaves.
Notes & Tips
If you use pre-sliced salami and cheese, dice or slice them in short stacks or they will be really hard to peel apart. You don't want big stacks of cheese and meat, you want it all separated so it's spread all thru the salad.
An easy way to split lots of little tomatoes in half is to put them between two container lids and slice many in half at once with a serrated knife.
If you buy a salami pack with a few variations in it, I like to roll up the prosciutto (if it has it) and then cut the rolls in half and decorate the top of the salad with it.
If you aren't familiar with Castelvetrano olives, seek them out, they are classic Italian and so delicious!
I like to use this salad to dress up basic lettuce like an iceberg. But you could also use romaine, butter, or leaf.
I typically use halved grape tomatoes, but you could use any type you have or like.
If you like your foods spicy, swap the pepperoncini for hot cherry peppers. That will keep it Italian and kick it up a notch.