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The Best Chopped Salad

On warm summer days, a chopped salad makes a fresh and delicious meal. Amanda of Marshalls Abroad agreed to share her favorite recipe, which she describes as an “amazing burst of flavor”…

The Best Chopped Salad You’ll Ever Have
By Amanda Marshall of Marshalls Abroad

The beauty of this chopped salad is its fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. If strawberries are no longer present at farmers’ markets or grocery stores in your area, substitute blackberries, raspberries, pears, nectarines, plums or figs. The possibilities are endless, and the result is an amazing burst of flavor when paired with the avocado, gorgonzola, chicken and tangy lemon-garlic dressing.

I love this salad for parties, both for the presentation of the chopped ingredients in various bowls, and for the convenience of having a dish with choices that work well for many different people. You can toss this salad as one big dish, or toss individual salads depending on your guests’ tastes. It’s a wonderful and quick meal for this time of year, when you’d rather be outside soaking up the last days of summer.

Recipe: End-of-Summer Chopped Salad
Serves 4 (unless your husband is 6’6″ like mine and can eat half of it on his own)

You’ll need:
1 large head of crunchy romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped
1 cup strawberries, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
6-8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup apples, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup grapes, halved
1 cup oranges, chopped

For the dressing:
2 ripe lemons
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Fine sea salt, to taste

What to do:
Arrange each of the chopped salad ingredients in separate bowls. For the dressing, squeeze the lemons directly into a mixing bowl to allow any pulp to come out. Whisk with the garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt. Taste, and add more salt as needed. If the dressing is too tangy for your taste, add more honey. Toss the salads when ready to eat. Enjoy!

NOTE: If serving more than four people, just double this recipe.

Thank you, Amanda!

P.S. More best recipes, including a peach tart and berry cobbler.

(Photos and recipe by Amanda Marshall of Marshalls Abroad. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. Made the salad and combined all ingredients in a bowl. Then put the dressing on it and tossed it. I’m wondering if I should have put the dressing on the table and let the guests add their own dressing. That way if you have leftovers it will be fresh. I wasn’t sure.

  2. We love to have “Build Your Own Salad” nights for summer dinners. We fill the table with all kinds of fresh and yummy things for a perfect hearty salad. We all stock our plates full of our favorites (and leave out the things we don’t like). It helps appease my three picky little boys and makes salad for dinner much more fun. These look like perfect ingredients for a build your own salad night. I’ll try it next time.

  3. omg that looks amazing! I love a mix of sweet and salty in my salad

    Xo
    CcCrystalChain.etsy.com

  4. Love Amanda’s blog – she always shares delicious recipes :)

  5. This looks amazing. I think I’m headed to the store and am going to make this tonight!

  6. Blue cheese and strawberries! Why didn’t I think of this!?

  7. Crikey, talk about overkill – too many ingredients for my taste; I find with too many different flavours it just tastes like….an argument! I’ll probably halve the number of ingredients :-)

  8. I make nearly every recipe you put on here! And you’d better believe I’ll be making this one! What a great idea!

  9. My husband adores chopped salads, and for some (seemingly cruel) reason, I never make them. But this one sounds too good to pass up!

  10. What a great idea for a dinner party. Build your own salad. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Kisses,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

  11. this looks perfect! I’ve been looking for some salad inspirations!

  12. No eggs– score! This is my kind of chopped salad. Looks delicious!

  13. This is such a gorgeous salad! It makes me want to organize a women’s picnic and have all of the ladies bring ingredients and dine outside with sparkling water and girly napkins. ;)

  14. I making this salad this weekend! YUM!

  15. That looks delish!

  16. This looks delicious- I’d try it for the homemade dressing alone!

  17. That. Looks. Heavenly.

  18. nothing like a good chopped salad! i’ve been making one very similar to this with chopped tofu, hard boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, feta and a bit of barley. fantastically addictive!

  19. Mmmm…I’m not a big salad eater, but this looks delicious.

  20. It looks delicious although I usually prefer only 3-4 flavours in one salad. I think a combination of walnuts and gorgonzola may be surprisingly good though so I’ll give it a try next weekend!