I don’t know if it’s the uniform size of the ingredients or the clever flavor combinations, but chopped salads never disappoint. Somehow, if the word “minced meat” is in the name, you know it’s going to be good no matter what’s in it. Plus, they seem to feel more like a full meal than a green salad. I always lean towards a chopped salad on a restaurant menu, but strangely enough, I would never make it myself. The idea of chopping multiple ingredients raised some red flags in my lazy cooking mind, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how easy a well-chopped salad is to make. While the best chopped salad recipes take some quality time with your knife, they’re beautifully simple because you can throw in whatever you have on hand.
Cutting vegetables into cubes, adding some cheese and finishing with a little vinaigrette always makes for a delicious combination. To add fuel to the fire, I’ve rounded up the best chopped salad recipes on the web to give you and me some chopping inspiration. Whether you follow one of these recipes to perfection or take the idea and “chop” with it, you won’t be disappointed.
The 14 Best Chopped Salad Recipes That Are Worth It
Malibu Farm Rainbow Vegan Chop Salad
Why we love it: If you’ve never been there Malibu Farm, add it to your bucket list. It’s always been my go-to for a healthy, delicious meal (not to mention a great view) whenever I’m in California. But back in Texas, this is the recipe I turn to for a little help curing my cravings. It’s almost too pretty to eat, but too good not to!
Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin or bust.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Chopped Salad
Why we love it: Buffalo cauliflower is one of my favorite creative snack inventions and adding it to a salad is a game changer. The buffalo sauce has the ideal amount of heat: spicy enough to give it a kick without having to reach for water. The dressing also has the cooling effects of a ranch while still being dairy-free. All in all, it’s a delicious way to add plenty of veggies and flavor to your lunch salad.
Hero Ingredient: Bookmark this buffalo cauliflower for frequent future reference.
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Chopped Italian salad from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: When it comes to the best shredded salad recipes, it doesn’t hurt to stick with a classic. A prime example, this recipe for the Italian chopped salad you know and love. It’s packed with prosciutto, salami, ham, provolone, olives, and my personal favorite ingredient, pepperoncinis. The dressing is super simple, but blows any Italian dressing from a bottle out of the water. If you’re looking for a great lunchtime salad or pasta night side dish, look no further than this recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The pepperoncinis should certainly not be optional.
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Watermelon Tomato Caprese Salad
Why we love it: The only way to describe this chopped salad is “summer in a bowl.” Seriously, it’s not summer until you cut open a watermelon, and this should be the first recipe you make with it. It is refreshing, sweet, cold, crunchy and pleasant to the eyes. The chopped fresh mozzarella and basil make this dish highly addictive. Proactively doubling the recipe would be a good idea.
Hero Ingredient: Gotta love that watermelon sugar.
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Greek Chicken Chopped Salad With Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: This recipe is accurately described as “loaded” because it has just about everything you could want in a Greek salad. The plain Greek chicken is tossed with all your favorite Greek salad ingredients, but the magic comes from the creamy lemon-tahini dressing. It’s easy to throw together every night of the week, but it’s far from boring.
Hero Ingredient: The Greek Lemon Chicken marinade deserves a permanent place in your recipe repertoire.
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Mango Jicama Chopped Salad
Why we love it: Born at a Memorial Day celebration a few years ago, this Mango Jicama Chopped Salad is still the perfect addition to any summer meal. The combination of jicama and cucumbers adds cooling flavors and the perfect crunch, while the avocado gives it the ideal crunchy-creamy ratio. To top it all off, the McCormick Perfect Pinch Mexican Seasoning adds a great spicy flavor.
Hero Ingredient: Holy jicama.
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Kale Italian Chopped Salad
Why we love it: This recipe adds a unique flair to a classic Italian chopped salad by using kale to add extra nutrients and savory. The easy dressing recipe is one I’ve now memorized because it’s good for just about any salad combination you can think of. The vegetables and other ingredients are staples in the kitchen, which is always an added bonus to a recipe. However, it’s the homemade sourdough croutons that really steal the show. Believe me.
Hero Ingredient: These sourdough croutons have changed my life.
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Chopped Thai salad from What’s Gaby Cooking
Why we love it: This colorful Thai Chopped Salad is packed with vegetables and served with a light vinaigrette, making it the perfect reset meal after a wonderful weekend. We should all know the benefits of eating the rainbow by now, and the best chopped salad recipes, especially this one, tend to tick that box. Pro tip: You can add salmon or chicken for extra protein.
Hero Ingredient: The edamame adds a perfect and paradoxical creamy crunch.
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Steakhouse Chopped Salad from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: How come steakhouses always have the best chopped salad recipes? I sometimes look forward to the salad course more than the steak itself. Criminally, I know, but this recipe is the perfect addition to any steak night at home. You’ll spend some time chopping, but it’s always a crowd pleaser.
Hero Ingredient: Gorgonzola cheese, please.
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Raw Broccoli Chopped Salad
Why we love it: This airy, springy chopped salad is a must try. The broccoli base is a refreshing departure from your typical leafy green salads and the sriracha dill yogurt dressing is to die for. Plus, it has my favorite salad component: fruit! Thank us later for your new favorite spring salad.
Hero Ingredient: Apples are my favorite form of crunch in a salad.
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Roasted Corn, Chickpea and Avocado Salad with Poblano Vinaigrette
Why we love it: This has all the requirements that the best chopped salad recipes need: big flavors, seasonal ingredients and a good combination of textures. The light and bright flavors come from bursting cherry tomatoes, charred corn and poblano peppers, while the chickpeas add extra firmness. Mixed together and drizzled with one of my favorite dressings, this salad makes eating vegetables fun.
Hero Ingredient: This chick loves chickpeas.
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Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Coleslaw from Ambitious Kitchen
Why we love it: This Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Salad is one of the few salads I actually crave. It feels like a delicious meal packed with all my favorite flavors, but it’s secretly packed with veggies and the ranch dressing is Greek yogurt based. Plus, the rainbow of veggies makes this recipe as healthy as it is beautiful. I’m addicted to the Rico Salad at Mi cocina in Dallas/Fort Worth (if you know, you know), and this hinders my desires when I’m in Austin. If you’re looking for a satisfying, crowd-pleasing salad to serve as an appetizer, I highly recommend this.
Hero Ingredient: The spicy “ranch” dressing is on my short list of favorite dressings.
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Chopped salad with marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, black pepper croutons and emulsified cucumber dressing
Why we love it: This chopped salad was introduced to us by Courtney Caplan and Sarah Miller and it’s been a go-to ever since. The cucumber-dill dressing gives it a fresh taste, while the olives give it the perfect touch of salt. Let’s not forget the homemade black pepper croutons… once you’re homemade, there’s no going back.
Hero Ingredient: Artichokes, always.
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Chopped Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad with ‘Peanut Dressing’ from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love an Asian-inspired salad? I am a perennial fan of this recipe for its unsurpassed zing and beautiful presentation. The cabbage, carrots, and almonds make every bite crunchy, which is what the best chopped salad recipes should. Plus, the creamy peanut dressing is a major weakness of mine. Guaranteed it will do the same for you.
Hero Ingredient: Dad Joke Warning: Orange, are you glad this recipe uses tangerines?
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What are your best shredded salad recipes? Let us know in the comments below!