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This really is the Best Chopped Salad recipe ever. Itâs made
with spring veggies and herbs then topped with the best herby red wine
vinaigrette. Itâs great as a side or ever as a meal. Perfect for feeding a
Please note that this recipe was updated from the original
in April 2019.
I originally recreated this recipe from one that I had in
Las Vegas at one of the casinos. Itâs been years since we were there and so
much has changed (married, sick, baby, etc) but I still think about this salad.
I loved the idea of adding blanched asparagus to a salad and using fresh herbs
and spring onions in the dressing to take advantage of the abundance of both in
my garden during the springtime.
I donât grow asparagus but the herbs and spring onions are some of the easiest things to grow. Iâve always got them in the garden in the spring so this is a very easy dressing to make and have on hand.
My toddler is currently on a veggie boycott. Thereâs no way
Iâm going to get him to eat this salad but he loves when I do photoshoots with
my flash. In fact, he tried to get in the shot. My husband stopped him just as
he was about to crawl up onto the counter. Now, back to salads . . .
What is a chopped salad?
A chopped salad is a salad where all the ingredients are
already chopped into bite size pieces. I love chopped salads because itâs less
work. I know itâs silly but I love it when the work is already done for you and
all you need to do is dig in!
How to chop salad.
Everyone has his or her own method to chopping a salad. I
like to shred the carrots and cucumbers. Itâs just easier than using a knife to
get them into small pieces.
If youâre using a mandolin to shred the carrots and cucumbers then you could always shred the lettuce as well. However, be very careful. I once sliced the tip of my thumb right off.
I find that itâs easier to just cut it with a knife. The lettuce needs to be sliced in half then placed flat side down on the cutting board. Carefully cover the lettuce with your hand and only show the part of the lettuce you will be cutting. This helps it from falling apart.
Start by carefully making horizontal cuts then go back and
make vertical cuts so that the lettuce is in bite size square pieces. This gets
easier with practice. The first few times that I tried this the lettuce totally
fell apart. The good news is that it doesnât affect the taste. The salad tastes
good either way.
Best dressing for chopped salad.
The best dressing for chopped salad is vinaigrette. Thicker
salad dressing doesnât go on the salad evenly and just clump up. The oil and
vinegar just coats the lettuce so you get a little bit of dressing in each
bite. This is making me hungry just talking about it.
Best Chopped Salad
This is the Best Chopped Salad recipe ever! Itâs made with fresh spring veggies and a herby salad dressing. Itâs the perfect light lunch or side salad. This recipe fits the Autoimmune Protocol diet (AIP), Paleo, Vegan and Allergy Friendly.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Method: No Cook
For the Dressing:
1 /2 cup Red Wine vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 teaspoon fresh Herbs (I used Thyme, Rosemary and Oregano), chopped
1 teaspoon Salt
1 bunch Cilantro, as a garnish (optional)
For the salad:
1 bunch Asparagus, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 head Iceberg Lettuce, shredded
2 small Cucumbers, shredded
3 Carrots, peeled and shredded
2 Avocados, chopped
Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Give it a shake and set aside.
Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Add a pinch of salt.
Boil asparagus pieces for about 2 minutes, until just cooked.
Remove from pan, rinse with cold water, dry and then set aside.
Combine the asparagus, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and carrots to a large bowl.
Toss to combine.
Toss with salad dressing.
Sprinkle the avocado across the top.
Keywords: AIP diet, Paleo, Vegan, Allergy Friendly, Salad, Side Dish
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