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Chopped Salad Ideas?

With the weather warmer in MN (finally!!), my craving has turned to chopped salads as a light dinner entree. My favorite is a copy of the Stetson Chopped Salad from Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale (Sooo good! I copied it down at the restaurant but later found it on epicurious). It includes israeli couscous, smoked salmon, arugula, corn, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, currants, asiago and a buttermilk basil dressing.

I'd love to hear any other favorite ideas for chopped salads, as I don't want to get sick of the Stetson by making it too often, thanks!

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  1. Usually by switching out ingredients you can alter it enough. Just because it's on paper doesn't mean that it's the ONLY thing you can do. Just vamp a little! Use what's in season and or on sale:

    roasted chicken intead of the smoked salmon.
    Leftover Grilled fish (one of my faves)
    Sliced rare roast beef from the deli
    Swiss cubes
    Smoked Gouda cubes (another fave)
    tiny pasta tubes (or really any other pasta)
    Grapefruit sections (another fave here)
    avocado
    Strwaberries (should be dirt cheap and excellent right now)
    Craisins
    Fried garlic bits that you find in south asian mkts (another fave)
    shelled edamame
    The list can go on as long as you'd like. Use common sense. Build on your "Stetson" or go in another direction. It's a salad. Anything goes with common sense, of course.
    Who needs a recipe on paper? Make a salad. Put what you LIKE in it.

    1. Cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, chick pea, scallions (white and green parts), minced garlic, lemon juice and a teeny bit of olive oil. You can serve it on top of a warmed pita with homemade hummus, or mix it with plain yogurt and sprinkle a little garam masala for more of a chunky raita.

      1. Have you ever had the Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad at California Pizza Kitchens. It's one of my favorites and I've made it at home--sometimes leaving out the chicken, or just using grilled chicken, or substituting shrimp.

        Here are the ingredients:
        Chop or cut into strips --
        --iceberg lettuce
        --romaine lettuce
        --jicama
        --tomatoes
        --scallions
        Also add
        --black beans
        --corn kernels
        --fresh cilantro and basil
        --shredded monterey jack cheese

        mix with ranch dressing (or chipotle ranch dressing--just add some ground chipotle or chipotle in adobe sauce to ranch dressing)

        sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips

        top with BBQ chicken (I usually cook boneless breasts in BBQ sauce)

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        1. re: JanRan

          Cal Pizza Kitchen's Moroccan-spiced chicken breast with crisp Romaine lettuce, roasted butternut squash, Medjool dates, fresh avocado, fresh beets, chopped egg, carrots, dried cranberries and red bell peppers. Tossed with champagne vinaigrette. Toasted almonds.

          And, I love a good chopped cobb salad!

        2. Not sure what the term "chopped" salad means, but tonight for supper we had fine matchsticks of zucchini and sliced red bell pepper topped with hummus and served with soy/rice crackers.

          1. I heart any kind of chopped salad - makes me miss the Portillo's chopped salad..(chicago area).

            I vote for blue cheese, small pastas, shredded chicken, red onion, chopped up romaine, and cucumber.

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            1. re: stellamystar

              Sorry to inform you, but I just had the Portillos chopped salad a few days ago. Not sure why, really, but I LOVE those things too.