Updated: Mar 5
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I love salads, and today I am sharing one that I can not get enough of. It's almost a copycat from the chopped salad from Bodega, an wine & coffee bar in Santa Monica, that I love. They don't add cucumber, but I'm a big fan of the cukes, so I added them to my version.
Chopped salads are a popular dish because they are a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy a variety of fresh and healthy ingredients. Here are some reasons why chopped salads are so good:
Texture: Chopped salads have a great texture because they include a variety of ingredients that are chopped into small pieces. This means that every bite includes a mix of different textures, from the crispness of the lettuce to the crunchiness of the vegetables and the creaminess of the dressing.
Variety: One of the best things about chopped salads is that they can include a wide variety of ingredients. This means that you can mix and match your favorite vegetables, fruits, proteins, nuts, and seeds to create a salad that suits your taste preferences.
Health benefits: Chopped salads are a great way to pack in a variety of nutrients and vitamins from different types of fruits and vegetables. They are also low in calories and high in fiber, which makes them a great option for those looking to eat nutrient-dense food.
Customizable: Chopped salads are highly customizable, which means that you can make them to suit your taste preferences or dietary needs. Whether you're looking for a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free option, you can adjust the ingredients to suit your requirements.
Convenience: Chopped salads are an excellent option for those who are short on time or looking for a quick and easy meal. They can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge, making them a convenient option for meal prep or for a quick lunch or dinner.
Overall, chopped salads are a great option for delicious, healthy, and customizable meals. They are packed with flavor, texture, and nutrients, making them a great addition to your meal menu!
1 head radicchio, chopped
1/2 medium green cabbage, chopped
1 romaine heart, chopped
1-15 os can of chickpeas,rinsed and drained
2-3 tomatoes on the vine, diced
1 English cucumber, diced
5-6oz pepperoni, quartered
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh basil, for garnish
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup high-quality olive oil
2 tsp oregano
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients and pour on to the salad. Toss well and serve.
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