These chopped salad recipes are a major game-changer!
No more big chunks of bland leaves and vegetables, just a whole bunch of evenly-sized bits of salad sensation.
While there’s nothing wrong with a traditional salad, there’s just a special place in my heart for chopped salads.
Thanks to their uniformly sized ingredients, they’re significantly easier to eat.
They’re also more flavorful because each sliver gets an even coating of dressing.
The concept is so foolproof, that you can put together whatever salad ingredients and dressing come to mind, and it’ll be a success.
In case you’re looking for some inspiration, this roundup has your back.
Whether you stick to the recipes completely or make them your own, these salads will surely delight.
Let’s get chopping!
1. Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad
This vegetarian Italian chopped salad doesn’t have the usual bacon bits. But it’s okay, you won’t miss it.
It has all the traditional elements you love in a colorful salad: lettuce, onion, tomatoes, radicchio, cheese, chickpeas, and pepperoncini.
But it also features other ingredients that add remarkable flavor and texture to the dish: sun-dried tomatoes, and celery.
These added ingredients more than make up for the absence of bacon.
2. Mediterranean Chopped Salad
It’s a beautiful bowl filled with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, and olives.
A light lemon-herb vinaigrette ties the flavors together, bringing you a bright and hearty salad.
The great thing about this recipe is it makes a whole lot. One batch is enough to feed and impress up to 6 to 8 people!
3. Chopped Rainbow Veggie Salad
Made up of carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, arugula, tomatoes, and red cabbage, this salad has all the colors of the rainbow.
It’s not just easy on the eyes, but also a treat for the tastebuds.
The vegetables offer a wonderful crunch, while the Asian dressing lends them a sweet and tangy flavor.
This salad is a breeze to throw together. Once you’ve chopped up the veggies, the rest comes easy.
4. Radish Cucumber Tomato Salad
Chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and radishes are coated with a cool and creamy garlic yogurt dressing.
While this salad is inspired by Persian flavors, it uses basic ingredients that you surely already have on hand.
From the bright colors of the ingredients to the cooling effects of the dressing, this salad is the ultimate summer side dish.
5. Greek Chicken Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette
This Greek salad overflows with vegetables, chickpeas, avocado slices, and juicy chicken.
The chicken gets marinated with a smoky and tangy spice mix that gives the salad a nice kick.
Sure, the chicken greatly contributes to the greatness of the salad.
But it’s the sweet, tangy, and creamy tahini dressing that steals the show.
6. Mango, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad
This is a crunchy and refreshing salad that combines cucumbers, jicama, and green mangoes.
Giving the elements that lovely oomph is tajin, which is a chile powder used to season fruits and snacks.
Tajin is a mix of tangy, salty, and a little spicy. The spice mix contains ground chile peppers, salt, and dehydrated lime juice.
7. Italian Chopped Kale Salad with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette
It’s another recipe for Italian chopped salad. It’s dressed in a tangy and earthy lemon vinaigrette.
This recipe adds kale to the usual Italian chopped salad ingredients, giving it an extra dose of nutrition.
While kale has a subtly bitter taste that others find unpleasant, it’s well-balanced out by the tanginess of the dressing.
8. Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing
This salad will hit your taste buds with its full force of Thai flavors.
The shelled edamame and cashews give the salad a unique flavor and a lovely crunch.
It’s the sesame garlic dressing that does all the magic, though.
It’s made with Asian ingredients like soy sauce, sesame oil, and lemongrass paste.
It has a wonderful combination of sweet, salty, and umami-rich tastes.
9. Steakhouse Chopped Salad
This salad is filled with piles of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, gorgonzola, and bacon.
It has a beautiful balance of rich and refreshing flavors.
The salad itself is already cheesy thanks to the gorgonzola. The dressing adds an extra layer of cheesiness, for good measure.
Made with champagne vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and more gorgonzola, the sauce is a perfect rich-to-refreshing ratio as well.
10. Broccoli Salad
Unlike the usual salads here that use leafy greens for their base, this one has chopped broccoli florets. It’s a refreshing change from the norm.
It’s mixed with toasted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and cheddar cheese and tossed with a honey mustard vinaigrette.
This salad is surprisingly addictive.
The different textures from the ingredients will offer you a lovely contrast.
11. Chickpea, Corn, and Avocado Salad With Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette
This colorful summer salad gives you bright Mexican flavors that are even better than takeout.
Packed with a rainbow mix of corn, chickpeas, peppers, avocado, and tomatoes, expect nothing but big flavors from this salad.
The dressing has combined goodness from olive oil, honey, lime, cilantro, and red wine vinegar.
Roasted poblano peppers give it a nice kick without burning your tongue.
12. Cobb Salad
This Cobb salad is almost too pretty to eat, but you’ll regret it if you don’t!
It’s a giant plate full of lettuce, avocado, boiled eggs, blue cheese, Cajun chicken, and bacon.
A sweet and tangy red wine vinaigrette is drizzled all over to balance out the salad’s richness.
It’s a simple dressing that melds the flavors together well.
13. Persian Shirazi Salad
Getting bored with the usual salad flavor combos? Try this Persian Shirazi salad for a change!
This salad has similar ingredients as others on this list, such as chopped tomatoes, onion, and cucumbers.
What sets it apart is the dressing.
A blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and dried crushed mint, this vinaigrette gives you a nice, cooling sensation.
14. Chopped Salad with Shrimp
Chicken is usually the protein used to bulk up a salad.
But if you like a sweet and briny flavor addition to yours, I highly suggest you use shrimp instead.
Shrimp goes perfectly with this salad as a lot of its ingredients are very rich, such as avocado, cheese, and bacon.
Throwing shrimp into the mix doesn’t just give you an extra dose of protein. It also provides a sweet contrast to the savory salad.
15. Chopped Asian Chicken Salad
Looking to add an Asian flavor to your lunch or dinner? This chopped Asian chicken salad won’t disappoint.
It’s packed with crunchy chow mein noodles, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, and chicken tossed with a peanut dressing.
Made of peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and ginger, this sweet and umami-rich dressing is a major weakness!
16. Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad
If you have a ton of leftover taco makings, this salad recipe is calling your name
Full of colorful veggies, grilled chicken, corn, and beans, this is yet another beautiful summer salad with a Mexican twist.
The avocado cilantro dressing is equally creamy and refreshing, adding an explosion of flavor to the salad,
17. Twelve Superfoods Salad
If you’re looking for the cleanest, most wholesome salad on this list, you just found it.
There are a whopping 12 superfoods in this salad, including kale, grapes, blueberries, dried cherries, and quinoa.
To say it’s packed with nutrients is an overstatement.
More importantly, the textures and flavor combinations make this salad incredibly delish.
18. BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado
Sure, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes are enough to constitute a salad, but we’re going for the extra mile here.
Also in the picture are corn kernels, avocado slices, and rich and creamy feta cheese. Together, these six elements make a joyful bowl.
This salad has such big flavors, you don’t want the dressing to be overpowering.
Just drizzle the salad with a simple vinaigrette for the perfect finish.
19. Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chickpeas, Lemon & Dill
This salad features chickpeas, chopped veggies, and bulgur tossed with a spiced lemon and dill vinaigrette.
It’s an easy way to bring a taste of Middle Eastern flavors to your home.
Bulgur, which is a Middle Eastern cereal grain, makes this salad super filling despite it being vegetarian.
20. Roasted Vegetable Salad with Magic Green Sauce
A merry mix of sweet potatoes, red potatoes, carrots, red cabbage, and broccolini are marinated with spices and roasted to perfection.
The roasted vegetables are already a dish on their own, but it becomes even more scrumptious when drizzled with a magic green sauce.
A blend of jalapenos, cilantro, parsley, avocado, and garlic flavored with maple syrup and salt, this dressing is magical, indeed.
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