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 this Italian Chopped Salad!!
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!!
- 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
- 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.
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and cool.
- 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.
- Serve the salad topped with a few whole pepperoncini peppers.
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