Salads are healthy, we all know that, but many people still don’t eat them on a regular basis. Why is that? Well, one reason is that a healthy salad can take time to prepare . . . something that is solved with the creation of a chopped salad.
What is a Chopped Salad?
Chances are, you were taught as a child that lettuce must be torn, rather than cut. That’s all fine and dandy if you were a housewife in the fifties, but these days most of us just don’t have time to be that thorough! You want something that can be thrown on the table last minute, while the roast is resting and the potatoes cooling to toddler safe temperatures. And that means a chopped salad is perfect.
This is exactly what it sounds like, everything is just chopped up, tossed in a bowl and served. You can have this type of salad on the table in less than ten minutes, if you’re handy with a chef’s knife!
What Goes Into a Chopped Salad?
Anything you please. The variations are endless. The first thing you need to remember is that there is no need to make things complicated. Half a head of lettuce, cut into strips or shredded with a knife and a handful of tomato chunks can constitute a salad. Need something a tad more impressive? Toss in some olives, add a chopped green pepper and some roasted garlic in oil to make the salad a little more gourmet.
You can also top a mound of sliced lettuce with feta cheese, black olives and some cilantro for a delicious starter, or go totally lettuce-less and opt for heavier veggies, like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, onion, and cucumber for more of a side dish. As you can see, the ideas could go on and on, just use whatever you like and have in the fridge.
Dressing Your Salad
You can use storebought dressings, like Ranch or Thousand Island, but if you don’t have any of those on hand, consider whisking equal amounts of olive oil and lemon juice, along with your herb of choice, finely chopped. For variations, substitute orange juice, balsamic or cider vinegar for the lime juice and herb infused oils for the olive oil. Add a few drops of hot sauce for some extra zing.
A chopped salad can really finish off a meal and there is no need to take long in preparing it. With a knife, you can rapidly slice and dice everything you need and toss it in a bowl in just a couple of minutes and presto! A healthy salad for your dinner table.