Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Italian Chopped Salad

I saw this black and white check cloth at Pat's Back Porch Musing and loved it.  Luckily, I was able to find it on clearance at Kohl's, where Pat had found it.   Wine goblets are from Ross.  Chargers are from Pottery Barn, several years ago, on clearance.  White plates are Mikasa English Countryside and red salad plates are from Target.  Glass hurricane is from Target and I filled it with wine corks.

Salad Bowl is from Holland, MI, and is over 30 years old.

If you've ever enjoyed  the chopped salad at Maggiano's, this is a similar recipe that I found on the Internet after tasting my dear DIL's version.    It's full of great ingredients and is a meal in itself.  Add some great garlic bread and a glass of wine, and you'll be transported to Italy.  Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 t. dry mustard powder

This towel "napkin" is from Dollar Tree.

2 T sugar or equivalent or sugar substitute
1/4 c. water
1 1/2 t. minced garlic
2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. white vinegar
salt to taste

Combine all the above ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix. 

Slowly add:

3/4 c. canola oil
1/2 c. olive oil

Now add and mix:                                        

1/2 t. crushed red pepper
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 t. dried oregano
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Pour into a jar or container and refrigerate until serving time.

For the Salad:  (use however much you like)

Lettuce, iceberg, romaine or a mixture of the two
red onion, sliced
avocado, diced
tomato, chopped
blue cheese, crumbled
Prosciutto, fried until crispy ( I used cooked, crumbled bacon)
chicken, cooked and chopped, optional

Put all in a large bowl.  Drizzle on the salad dressing and mix until coated.

Yummy garlic bread!

I am sharing this with these lovely linky parties:
Mix It Up Monday!
On the Menu Monday
You're Gonna Love It!
Cowgirl Up
Tabletop Tuesday
Let's Dish!
Full Plate Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Potpourri Friday
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Kitty, This is a must try! Chopped Salads have great goodies in them... and yours is fabulous! Proscutto... yummy!

  2. This sounds delish Kitty. A Summer must try. I agree with Yvonne, Prosciutto Mmmm...
    Thanks for the dressing recipe. :D

  3. Looking forward to making this, Kitty! Looks so good!

  4. The salad sounds great and I love your setting! Looks like a fun table to linger over and chat, love the checked cloth:@)

  5. Love your table setting. Have a great week.
    PS Tomorrow's Food on Friday is all about pork!

  6. Did I miss dinner? Darn! This sounds delicious!

  7. Your B&W table is lovely. Your food looks delectable.

  8. A nice big salad sounds really good right now! Yours looks wonderful and I love your checked tablecloth and your chef towel napkins! Thanks so much for sharing and a have a wonderful night!


  9. Kitty~ Your chopped salad looks & sounds delicious and is the perfect summer meal! I bought the matching checked napkins at Kohl's in red and black :) I love your English Countryside with those handsome chargers!

  10. Love the idea of using the towels as napkins - such cheery guys! And your table cloth is to die for!

  11. FUN! I, too, like to use tea towels for napkins or even placemats. Love that table cloth!!!

  12. Okay, the towels had me!They are just too cute. Can anything really be too cute? Nope.. The buffalo check pattern is an absolute favorite, especially in the black and white. Your English Countryside is just perfect in this setting.. and once again another keeper recipe. Maybe even tomorrow night!

  13. This is adorable! The checks with the nap/ towels are perfect! Such a great combo of colors!
    The salad looks delicious! We love proscutto too! So many things todo with it!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  14. I would love to sit down in your Kosy Kitchen with the precious black and white tablescape! That is so clever to show the Walmart towel and the Dollar Tree towel! Very Appetizing! Pam

  15. Kitty, this salad does sound so wonderful! This is one I want to make!

  16. Your table setting is wonderful and oh how that salad is singing to me! I will definitely try it soon! Visiting from Kathleens!

  17. I love this table colors and the chef towls are so cute! I love the color combo and check tablecloth, so pretty! I'm having a dinner party tomorrow night and this salad sounds just perfect! The salad dressing sounds yummy too. Thanks for sharing. Happy Let's Dish.

  18. Hi I love whimsical and your chef napkins make me laugh. The salad sounds delish. I have a chef fiqure with wooden spoons. I have been gathering the things to do a tablescape sometime with him.

  19. What a cute table! Love the tablecloth, and the towels are so charming! We are eating a lot of salads this summer because it's too hot to cook. Can't wait to try this one!

  20. Beautiful tablescape, Kitty. The salad sounds scrumptious!...Christine

  21. Everything looks delicious. Love that tablecloth. I hear you've been a busy shopper.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Kitty, your table is so festive; I love the red, black, and white colors, and it has a real Italian feel. I like the idea of the corks in your centerpiece. The salad does indeed look yummy, and I could eat my weight in garlic bread. :)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  23. We don't have a Maggianos here so I always have to wait until we find one at a vacation spot. Now I can enjoy their chopped salad here at home thanks to your recipe.

    I'm now following you so I can keep up with the wonderful meals you feature.


  24. Love your black and white table with the little bits of red. Love the rope edge on the chargers.

  25. Kitty, I have to bring a salad to a party tomorrow and this sounds great. I wanted to try something new! I have a chopped salad but this sounds yummier! Your table is beautiful too. What a beautiful color for a check and so versatile!

  26. Kitty, this setting is just wonderful! I love Maggiano's; and this recipe sounds delicious! What a perfect Italian setting!

  27. The salad sounds great and I love your checked tablecloth! I made your potatoes in foil tonight, and we both gave them five stars. So easy too!

  28. I love Italina salads and this kind of dressing. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your table setting is so cute. Love the Italian chef.
    I just posted Skillet Corn Griddle cakes. I would be thrilled if you also saw my dancing video below the corn cakes post. Happy Monday.

  29. This salad sounds perfect for lunch!

  30. Thank you, Kitty for sharing your recipe at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  31. This looks so yummy!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. The party is still live until Sunday night.

    Thanks, Nichi

  32. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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