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Perfectly paired with our grilled steaks, this Italian Chopped Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette was chock full of delicious flavors and textures and a hit with our friends.

When entertaining, I love a green salad on the menu. This versatile salad can be tweaked with your favorite ingredients!

Italian Chopped Salad on a white salad plate with a red handled fork

Chopped Italian Salad

I’m not sure you’d ever find this particular salad in Italy, but it has a certain Italian flair. With roasted peppers, pine nuts, greens and a Parmesan vinaigrette, it’s tasty as well as versatile!

I’m a sucker for chopped salads! Where the hubby would be happy with a salad of lettuce, tomatoes and Ranch dressing, I’m more inclined to add multiple ingredients with varied textures like in this colorful chopped Italian salad.

Italian Chopped Salad ingredients in a glass salad bowl

What Entrees Work with This Italian Salad?

Serve this salad with pasta smothered in an Italian Meat SauceCreamy Chicken Marsala or even an Italian Pesto Burger.

How Can I Tweak This Salad Recipe?

I’m used to finding a pile of artichoke hearts or hearts of palm on the side of the picky hubby’s plate, so feel free to leave out any ingredient that your family does not enjoy.

  • If you love onions, you may not need to pickle them by soaking them in vinegar to tame down their sharpness. I like a red or yellow onion as they tend to be sweeter than white onions. Or use green onions or scallions instead.
  • I found some of my favorite jarred piquillo peppers and diced them up. Feel free to use roasted bell peppers or even chopped raw red bell peppers for some crunch.
  • Don’t like pine nuts? Sliced almonds would work well, too, or just leave them out. The picky hubby would like the latter option. 
  • Feel free to use your favorite lettuces, add cucumbers, grape tomatoes, etc.
  • Make sure to shake the vinaigrette well before dressing the salad. Any simple vinaigrette will work with this salad though the Parmesan gives another taste of Italy!
  • You can prep this salad well ahead of time. Just keep all the components refrigerated and toss with the dressing right before serving so the greens don’t get bogged down from the dressing.
Italian Chopped Salad on a square plate with a fork

More Terrific Salad Recipes You’ll Love

This Kitchen Sink Chopped Salad needs to return to our menu soon as I love leftovers for lunch. Simple and delicious, a Marinated Vegetable Salad is an old classic that’s perfect for a summer picnic. And if you haven’t made a Caesar Salad at home, it’s high time you do!

I’ve also had my eye on this Green Salad with Feta and Beets and this Israeli Chopped Salad from my blogger friends.

You might like these pretty Quattro Stagioni jars for your salad dressing, this Santoku knife for chopping, and this dishwasher safe cutting board.

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Italian Chopped Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

A loaded Italian chopped salad with an easy Parmesan dressing

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Method: Mixing, Tossing
  • Cuisine: Italian, Italian-American

Ingredients

1 head Romaine lettuce, sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch ribbons

1/4 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped into bite sized pieces

1/2 small red onion, peeled, thinly sliced and soaked in sherry or champagne vinegar while salad is prepped

1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (14 ounces), cut into quarters and tough leaves removed if needed

1 jar (or can) hearts of palm, drained and sliced

1 jar piquillo peppers, drained and chopped

1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

Dressing:

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

Place lettuces in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add toppings.

To make the dressing, whisk red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan in large Pyrex measuring up. Slowly whisk in olive oil.

To serve, rewhisk the dressing and pour over the salad ingredients. Toss until combined.  Serve immediately. May top with more Parmesan if desired.

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21 comments on “Italian Chopped Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette”

  1. I’m a sucker for chopped salads, too! And this vinaigrette sure beats the stuff that came with its own cruet. I think I’ve been in a salad rut so this will help change that. Thanks Liz!

  2. A simple yet very tasty salad! The star here is that dressing :-))

  3. I’m with the others, this sounds like a nice dressing to change things up a bit:@)

  4. I could eat this salad for breakfast! What a great combination of flavors Liz. I’ve been craving salads lately and can’t wait for spring produce to appear in the markets!

  5. I’m coming over for a plate! 🙂

  6. i love eat salad because it’s very healthy and beneficial for our health …According to this recipe, now I will make italian- chopped- salad !!

  7. Light and lovely. We have not had hearts of palm in ages. This is the perfect side salad for a grilled steak. Now we just need to shovel a path out to the grill… lol.. Wishing you a very special Valentine’s Day!

  8. Good idea to marinate the onion — I like onions, particularly red onions, raw, but many people don’t. This looks terrific — and we’re really starting to crave salads again (it’s that time of winter) so your timing is excellent. Thanks!

  9. Beautiful salad Liz, and I love that you added heart of palms…the dressing sounds delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe…Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. YUM! My kind of salad, love everything about this, don’t change a thing!

  11. At one glance, I thought you’ve added Scallops. I’ve been eating a lot of salads lately, & this comes handy. Happy Valentine’s Day, babe! xoxo

  12. Nice! My idea of the perfect lunch.
    Amalia
    xo

  13. I love a good chopped salad and this looks like a winner. The variety of flavours and textures really makes it, and then there is the Parmesan dressing!

  14. When I was pregnant I always craved salads like this! I am no longer pregnant but I’d still love this fresh, delicious salad!

  15. A good salad is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal. Your salad looks so bright and fresh.

  16. This is my kind of salad, Liz! Just wow!! I could eat it every day of my life!

  17. I love chopped salads as well. Here in the states, it was Wolfgang Puck who made his famous, a very long time ago. I would call this Italian-inspired! Doesn’t matter if it really exists in Italy or not! Love the dressing, too.

  18. I plead guilty to ending up with a green salad, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing … every time. It’s not that I don’t like all the ingredients and alternatives you suggested, it’s just that by the time I get to the salad, I’m done with the planning part of dinner or lunch and just want to eat. I love hearts of palm, just forget to buy them. And, the artichokes, of course. Good ideas. Good salads.

  19. There are several ingredients in this salad that I’m not familiar with but I would try it in a heartbeat. Every once in a while you have to change things up a bit, thank you for the inspiration.

  20. I don’t think I’d need an entree with this salad. It’s a complete meal in this house. Love the vinaigrette.

  21. I love Italian Salad…Very healthy and tasty.. l love this salad and thanks for the recipe..Photos are also good and tempting. I will make make it once in my home.

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