The Ultimate Italian Chopped Salad
This post has been sponsored by Earthbound Farm Organic. All opinions expressed here are my own as I only promote brands that I truly love.
The Ultimate Italian Chopped Salad is classic chopped salad with fennel, radicchio and a fresh, flavorful, homemade Italian dressing!
I did one of those ancestry tests last year and was quite surprised when I reviewed the results. I discovered that I’m more Italian than I am Greek….and I didn’t know that I was Italian at all?
Today I’m embracing my newly found Italian roots with The Ultimate Italian Chopped Salad!
I know there are a lot of Italian chopped salad recipes out there, but I stand by my claim that this is the ultimate.
My version includes most of the same ingredients as classic chopped salad but it also has a winter twist with the additions of gorgeous red radicchio and crisp fennel.
And it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s tossed with my Easy Homemade Italian Dressing. 🙂
All of the ingredients in this salad contribute to it’s ultimate status, but the foundation of every great salad is the greens. That’s why when I’m building a salad, it always starts with organic greens from my friends at Earthbound Farm Organic.
I’ve been a loyal consumer of Earthbound Farm Organic products for years, so working with the company is a dream come true for me.
I had the pleasure taking part in the Earthbound Farm Organic Experience in October, which included a tour of their farms, talking with their CEO, employees, farmers and organic experts at length to learn more about the company, organic farming and what organic really means.
Hopefully you’ve seen (and tried!) my Harvest Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Farro recipe and read all about my tour of Earthbound Farm Organic and why the company is so special. If you haven’t, go on and check it out!
After this experience, I thought about why choosing organic is most important to me. The main reasons why I choose organic is for the betterment of my family and the environment.
By choosing organic, I’m saying no to growing produce with over 900 harmful synthetic pesticides that leach into our food, drinking water and the air that we breathe.
Organic farmers like Earthbound Farm Organic have proven that their crops can be managed by pulling weeds by hand, using cover crops, beneficial habitats, mulches, crop rotation and a small toolbox of approved natural-based substances only when the above mentioned methods have failed.
Yes, it’s harder to grow organic, but it’s worth it when the result is richer, nutrient dense soil and a reduction in environmental impact.
Earthbound Farm Organic is different from other brands on the market because they farm their own produce and 100% of their products are organic. Always. I’m grateful for their commitment and passion in striving to make the land better than it was when they found it.
I chose Earthbound Farm Organic’s new Fresh Organic Rosé Blend for this traditional Italian chopped salad because it includes an assortment of crisp and tender red lettuces that work so well with all of the ingredients.
The Rosé Blend has become a favorite of mine in a very short time.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
What’s in chopped salad?
Italian chopped salad is a savory salad through and through. It includes salty ingredients like salami, olives and parmesan for plenty of umami flavor, which is balanced perfectly with creamy chickpeas and fresh produce like greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, radicchio, fennel and basil.
Every Italian chopped salad recipe needs a great dressing to make the ingredients shine, and my Easy Homemade Italian Dressing is just that. It’s nice and tangy with the brightness of fresh lemon juice and some dried herbs. Feel free to use fresh herbs if you have them on hand!
How do you make Italian Chopped Salad?
It wouldn’t be called chopped salad if there weren’t some chopping involved, so get out a cutting board and a sharp knife and get ready!
I like to chop my ingredients into nice, bite-sized pieces, but it’s completely up to you how small or large you’d like your ingredients to be.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas, and shave the parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler.
Once everything is prepped, prepare the dressing. Place the salad greens in a large bowl, add the other ingredients, and toss with the desired amount of dressing and serve!
The Rosé Blend may be substituted with your favorite Earthbound Farm Organic greens!
Omit the salami to make this a vegetarian chopped salad.
The parmesan cheese may be substituted with grated or fresh mozzarella.
The veggies in this salad may be customized with your favorite!
More inspiring salad inspiration:
Italian Chopped Salad
- 5 ounces Earthbound Farm Rosé Blend or your favorite greens
- 1 small cucumber chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 cup thinly chopped fennel
- 1 cup chopped radicchio
- 1 cup chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 1 cup black olives halved
- 1 cup chopped salami
- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan
- 1/4 cup chopped basil optional
- Easy Homemade Italian Dressing
- Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- Toss the salad with the desired amount of Easy Homemade Italian Dressing and serve immediately. Enjoy!
- The Rosé Blend may be substituted with your favorite Earthbound Farm Organic greens!
- Omit the salami to make this a vegetarian chopped salad.
- The parmesan cheese may be substituted with grated or fresh mozzarella.
- The veggies in this salad may be customized with your favorite!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.