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Flavorful and hearty, this Italian Chopped Salad has all of the great flavors of Italy in one huge salad!

Italian Chopped Salad | Taste and Tell

I was on a roll there for awhile with chopped salads, but can you believe it’s been 3 months since I posted the last one?? That definitely needed to change – so today I’m bringing you another one!!

This salad is so packed full of flavor. Last month for our monthly family dinner, we had a salad pot luck. We all brought different salads – it was fun to have such a variety!! My contribution was this Italian Chopped Salad. There is so much going on in this salad. It was one of those times that I started adding ingredients and just couldn’t stop. Chickpeas, artichoke hearts, pepperoni, salami – the list goes on and on. I usually like things that are pretty simplistic, but believe me – these ingredients all work so well together.

I also love how hearty and filling this salad is. It is a perfect main dish salad. Or if you are serving an Italian themed dinner, it works as a side salad as well. But for me? Just give me a big fork and I’ll dig right in!!

Italian Chopped Salad | Taste and Tell

Italian Chopped Salad
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Flavorful and hearty, this Italian Chopped Salad has all of the great flavors of Italy in one huge salad!
Serves: 8 servings as a main dish, 16 servings as a side dish
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 3 cups chopped romaine hearts
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 jar (7.5 oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup cubed salami
  • 1 cup cubed Provolone
  • ¾ cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup mini pepperoni
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • Pepperoncini peppers
  1. To make the dressing, combine the vinegar, honey, mustard, seasoning and garlic in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Blend to combine. Slowly stream in the olive oil to emulsify. Alternately, add all the ingredients to a jar and shake until completely combined slightly thickened.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, salami, provolone, cucumber, pepperoni and green onions. Add in the cooled pasta. Add in the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Serve the salad topped with a few whole pepperoncini peppers.

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25 Responses to Italian Chopped Salad

  1. I always love your chopped salads – and this one’s no different! Looks fantastic!

  2. Oh you have so many great salad recipes! All of them look delicious

  3. Aggie says:

    I need salad in my life again!! Chopped salads always look so good to me. This one would be so great to serve at a potluck or get together!

  4. You make such pretty salads! I love this one! Another recipe to add to the list! 🙂

  5. This looks refreshing and delicious!

  6. Mercedes says:

    This salad is gorgeous and all of the flavors sound so delicious! I think I will make a similar salad this week for my book club!

  7. Joanne says:

    I’m kind of in love with the fact that there is actually pasta IN the salad. Super cool!

  8. I love chopped salads, this one has great textures!

  9. Dude, my hubs flipping loves chopped salads!!! I so can’t wait to make this for him!!

  10. I could use some chopped salads in my life. This one especially.

  11. Chels R. says:

    I want to hang out with your family! The salad potluck sounds like so so much fun!

  12. Nancy says:

    Sorry, but this is the less italian thing i can imagine. We don’t mix pasta and salad together and we don’t usually put salami in salads. the dressing is something that doesn’t not belong to the Italian culture.

    Probably it is good, but don’t call it italian, please.

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This salad is intense!! Packed with amazing flavors, I love it 🙂 I’m dying to get a forkful of this baby!

  14. Rhonda says:

    There isn’t anything that I don’t love about this salad!

  15. We had a family cookout this weekend, and we made the Italian Chopped Salad. It’s a refreshing change in appearance, and textures. While we are very familiar with the ingredients but having a new way of making a tasty salad is great. Noe my wife is thinking about the Chinese Salad.

  16. Julie Ehret says:

    Saw this and knew instantly what was for dinner tomorrow. Different tastes and textures from, say, a pasta salad. Lower in carbs. Yea! Dressing had great flavors. Big family hit.

  17. JK1824 says:

    I made this over the weekend! I cut the olive oil in half and added some the juice from the artichoke marinade. I kept the meat and cheese out for our vegan family members and just had everyone add their own meat and cheese. It was delicious and everyone loved it. Great taste and the variety in the salad was great. I had some crunchy jalapeno bits that people added like croutons to the top and everyone was happy. Making this again for sure.

  18. HD says:

    I made the Italian chopped salad and it was really delicious. Love the complexity of flavors from the great variety of ingredients. It’s now my go to Italian salad.

  19. Cindy says:

    Was delicious, I only put half the dressing in because I do not like a lot of dressing. My husband and I both agreed that we would only put half of the chickpeas in. Thank you.

  20. Natalia says:

    Delicious! Made it for my book club and couldn’t stop eating it myself. My husband also loved it and glad I made a lot of it (I doubled the recipe). Thanks for the recipe!!

  21. Peggy says:

    Made this today. Wow what a great salad. dressing is on point. But I am single… I will be eating this forever lol.

  22. Julie says:

    Do you think it would be as good if I made it the night before for a party the next day, if I left the dressing off? Or, would it be wilted/soggy?

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