Chopped Salad

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  • This fresh Chopped Salad is made with 5 key ingredients in less than 10 minutes! Customize with all your favorite mix-in’s and dig in!

    As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I love to make all types of fresh and healthy salads! This chopped salad recipe is perfect because it’s so simple and completely customizable. Add as many or as few mix-ins as you want and dig in! Some of my other favorite salad recipes are Cobb salad, Mediterranean salad, mandarin orange salad and BBQ chicken salad.

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    Tossed salad

    One of my favorite things to make during the Spring is a big chopped salad with all my favorite finds from the farmers markets. The best part about a tossed salad is that you can completely customize it based on what you have on hand or what’s in season. I also love that the lettuce is chopped up smaller and much easier to eat. There’s just something about a chopped salad that’s so much better than a regular salad!

    This chopped salad recipe starts with 5 key ingredients (greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, feta) and then you can build upon there. I love to add in extras like chopped olives, chickpeas, bell peppers, carrots and shredded chicken. Oh, and you can’t forget the croutons for the perfect added crunch!

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    Chopped salad ingredients

    There are so many things you can mix into your chopped salad depending on what you have on hand and what you’re in the mood for. I typically like to pick 1-2 from each category below:

    • Greens: mixed salad greens, romaine, iceberg lettuce, spinach, bibb lettuce, kale
    • Veggies: tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, corn, radishes, radicchio
    • Beans: kidney beans, garbanzo beans
    • Cheese: feta or bleu cheese, mozzarella cheese, cubed provolone or cheddar cheese
    • Nuts and seeds: sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans
    • Protein: grilled chicken or steak, crumbled bacon, hard boiled egg
    • Dressing: Vinaigrette, balsamic, ranch
    • Extras: mushrooms, olives, croutons

    How to make chopped salad

    The best part about this tossed salad is that it comes together in just 10 minutes and is so easy to whip up! Follow the simple steps below to get started and scroll down for the printable chopped salad recipe.

    1. Chop greens and add toppings. Chop the greens extra fine and place in a large bowl. Add in sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflower seeds and cheese. Then throw in any additional desired mix-ins.
    2. Top with dressing and serve. Drizzle the dressing on top, then toss with salad tongs. Serve immediately.

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    What to serve with salad

    Although I love to bulk up this chopped salad recipe and serve as a main dish, it also makes a great side salad as well. Below are a few delicious mains that taste great served with a side salad:

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    Chopped Salad Recipe

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 111
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This fresh Chopped Salad is made with 5 key ingredients in less than 10 minutes! Customize with all your favorite mix-in's and dig in! 

    Ingredients

    • 8 cups mixed greens , chopped fine
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
    • 1 cup chopped cucumbers
    • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds , or sliced nuts
    • 1/4 cup feta cheese

    Optional mix-ins: chicken, olives, garbanzo beans, bell peppers, extra veggies

      For serving: Vinaigrette, ranch or balsamic

        Instructions

        • Chop the greens extra fine and place in a large bowl. Next add the sliced tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, sunflower seeds and cheese. Add additional mix-ins if desired. 
        • Drizzle the dressing over top and then toss with salad tongs. Serve immediately. 

        Notes

        Extra mix-ins (calories not included in count): 
        • Greens: mixed salad greens, romaine, iceberg lettuce, spinach, bibb lettuce, kale
        • Veggies: tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, corn, radishes, radicchio
        • Beans: kidney beans, garbanzo beans
        • Cheese: feta or bleu cheese, mozarella cheese, cubed provolone or cheddar cheese
        • Nuts and seeds: sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans
        • Protein: grilled chicken or steak, crumbled bacon, hard boiled egg
        • Dressing: Vinaigrette, balsamic, ranch
        • Extras: mushrooms, olives, croutons

        Nutrition

        Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 31% | Vitamin C: 56.5% | Calcium: 8.1% | Iron: 10.5%
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