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Italian Chopped Salad – Damn Delicious


Crisp lettuce, cubed mozzarella, and diced salami in a red wine vinaigrette. So colorful, so vibrant, and so so good!

Italian Chopped Salad - Crisp lettuce, cubed mozzarella, and diced salami in a red wine vinaigrette. So colorful, so vibrant, and so so good!

Salad for dinner? Yes, please!

This salad is anything but boring here. Loaded with crisp romaine and radicchio lettuce, cubed mozzarella, dry Italian salami and a vibrant red wine vinaigrette, this salad will knock your socks off.

Italian Chopped Salad - Crisp lettuce, cubed mozzarella, and diced salami in a red wine vinaigrette. So colorful, so vibrant, and so so good!

The homemade dressing is absolutely key here. The ingredient list is short too with just a few pantry staples – extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper flakes (for a little bit of heat, if desired).

Italian Chopped Salad - Crisp lettuce, cubed mozzarella, and diced salami in a red wine vinaigrette. So colorful, so vibrant, and so so good!

And the best part? Prep time is kept to a minimum as there is zero cooking involved and everything can be diced/prepped/assembled beforehand. Just be sure to toss your salad right before serving for maximum freshness. And don’t forget to add your finishing touches with freshly shaved Parm!

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped radicchio lettuce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces dry Italian salami, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, rinsed and drained
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • 6 pepperoncini, sliced
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan

for the dressing

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • To assemble the salad, place romaine and radicchio in a large bowl; top mozzarella, salami, chickpeas, olives, bell pepper, cucumber, pepperoncini, tomatoes and red onion. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Top with Parmesan.

for the dressing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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