Chopped Salad

Every once in a while we love to have a big green salad as our dinner. It’s a nice change every once in a while. Have you ever heard of a chopped salad? I prefer it more than a regular salad that has large pieces of lettuce and other veggies with the dressing on top. I really like going to restaurants and cafes where I can go through a line and tell them what I want in my salad and then will chop everything up together just the way I like it.  Here’s how I make mine at home.

I will start by making a regular tossed salad with the things my family and I like in it. For this one I’ve added iceberg lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, garbanzo beans, and tomatoes.

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Once it’s all tossed together I take out a portion and put it on a chopping block. I topped it with salt and pepper, grated cheese, chopped bacon, chopped hard boiled eggs, and diced avocado. I don’t like to put these ingredients in the initial tossed salad because I always like to make a big salad for leftovers and cheese, bacon, boiled eggs, and avocado don’t keep well in the salad.

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On a side note…here’s how I cut up my avocado. I dice it while it’s still in it’s peel. Then I scoop it all out with a spoon.

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Now I take large knife and start chopping it all together into small pieces. Once that’s done I add some salad dressing and continue to toss. Then I transfer it to a plate or bowl and start on the next person’s salad. It really goes together fast and each person can add the items they want. Some other things we like are corn, red beans, chicken, and even diced apples.

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I think eating a salad like this just tastes so much better. I’m getting small pieces of everything in the salad in just one bite and I’m not having to fight with large pieces of lettuce.

Here’s a recipe for a dressing we really like, but you could add any of your favorite dressings.

Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing
A delicious dressing for any salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 3 Tbl. Fresh Lemon Juice
  4. 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  5. 1 tsp. Salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  7. 1 Tbl. Honey
  8. 1/2 Bunch of Parsley
  9. 1/2 Cup of Real Mayo
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more garlic or salt to taste. Refrigerate leftovers.
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There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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