Get ready to elevate your salad game with this irresistible combination of flavors and textures in this easy-to-make chopped salad. It’s a side dish that’s light and healthy, with beautifully chopped ingredients that you’ll get in each yummy bite.
My version of a chopped salad is not just your ordinary bowl of greens! Over the years, it’s become a family favorite recipe I’ve served at parties, family dinners, taken to covered dish suppers, and neighborhood gatherings.
Why You’ll Love This Chopped Salad Recipe
- It’s fresh and delicious, with ingredients that complement each other perfectly.
- Simple and easy to prepare, this salad is a great side dish to make when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
- It is super versatile. There’s lots of room for personalization with your favorite ingredients.
- This salad is light, cool, and refreshing, plus loaded with flavorful nutrients that will keep you feeling satisfied and full.
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- Romaine Lettuce – chopped into bite-size pieces.
- Cheddar Cheese – cube the cheese yourself for the best flavor and texture.
- Hard Boiled Egg – chopped
- Celery – washed and chopped into small pieces.
- Sliced Almonds – toast the almonds in the oven at 350 or in a dry pan on the stovetop for the best flavor.
- Dried Cranberries – these are often called Craisins and can be found in the canned/dried fruit section in the grocery store.
- Half and Half
- Sour Cream
- Parmesan Cheese
- Lemon Juice – you can also use red wine vinegar or lime juice.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Kosher Salt And Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Chopped Salad Additions And Substitutions
This recipe is super easy to customize with so many different ingredients!
- Greens – iceberg lettuce, kale, any bagged salad mix.
- Fresh Vegetables – red onion, red pepper, green peppers, tomato, avocado, cucumber, carrots
- Cheeses – Feta cheese, mozzarella, blue cheese, pepper jack, provolone cheese.
- Flavor Boosters – sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers, pickled corn, quick pickled peppers and onions, kalamata olives.
- Salad Dressings – creamy vinaigrette, ranch dressing, easy blue cheese dressing.
- Extra Crunch – toasted pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds.
How To Make A Chopped Salad
- Chop The Ingredients – one of the hallmarks of a good chopped salad is that all the ingredients are cut into small pieces, so take your time and enjoy the process!
- Make The Dressing – add all the ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine.
- Toss The Salad – add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl. Pour over half of the dressing, then toss. Season with salt and pepper, add additional dressing, toss, and serve.
What To Serve With Fresh Chopped Salad
When I say there’s a long list of ways to serve this yummy salad, I’m not kidding. Whether it’s as a side dish for a family meal or you turn it into a main dish salad, you’ve got loads of possibilities.
- For a weeknight meal with crock pot chicken and baked fettuccine.
- Sunday Supper along with baked ham, air fryer baked potatoes, and skillet green beans.
- Turn it into a main dish by adding grilled lemon chicken or air fryer salmon.
- It’s perfect for soup and salad night with one pot lasagna soup or crock pot ham and potato soup.
Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
Yes, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. To serve, assemble the salad and add the dressing just before serving.
Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Toss the salad before serving since the dressing will have settled while storing.
The best way to keep the chopped salad from getting soggy is to store the dressing separately and dress the salad right before you serve it.
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- 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
- ¼ cup toasted almonds
- 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar with a lid. Shake until combined. Pour half of the dressing over the salad, then toss.
- Season with salt and pepper, add remaining dressing, toss, and serve.
- You can prepare the ingredients in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. To serve, assemble the salad and add the dressing just before serving.
- The best way to keep the chopped salad from getting soggy is to store the dressing separately and dress the salad right before you serve it.