I am a huge fan of chopped salads, anyone else!? I absolutely love all of the different fix-ins and mixing and matching different ingredients with each bite. Every bite is unique, flavorful and fun!
This recipe is inspired by two of my favorite Chicago restaurants: Parlor Pizza Bar and Portillo’s. Plus, I am featuring one of my favorite jarred vegetables brands, Jeff‘s Garden. I’ve combined all of my favorite things from each one to create this Loaded Salad. If you haven’t had the chance to try either of these restaurants or this brand, stop what you’re doing and do so now because you absolutely need to!
Since it is currently summertime, the warm weather, bright shining sun and fresh air make me crave this salad all the time. It’s bright colors, healthy ingredients and light yet filling nature make it the perfect meal. Whether it be for lunch or dinner. Oh and trust me, all the flavors combined between the salad fixins and the dressing ensure that “being flavorful” is not an issue.
One of the great things about this salad is that you can customize it how you would like. There are so many good fix-ins that if you eliminate one or two such as the cheese and/or meat to make this a vegan or vegetarian dish, it will not compromise the salad at all!
Iceberg lettuce and romaine are very similar. But, I wanted to incorporate both and mix because I absolutely love chunky iceberg lettuce when it’s dressed and it holds a ton of water content, 96% to be exact, so it makes me fuller and satisfied for a longer period of time. With romaine, it is a little leafy-er and greener so I wanted that extra boost of greens, leaves and crunch. When both get mixed together it makes for the perfect combination.
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Summertime equals constant hot weather and when it‘s too hot to cook, make this Loaded Chopped Italian Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing. It will be exactly what you need. I know I’ve been living off cool salads for lunch and even dinner lately.
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