The Pioneer Woman, Eating Well and Gimme Some Oven provide flavorful chopped salad recipes, each with its own variation. The Pioneer Woman's New York style chopped salad makes a hearty side or a light main dish, while Eating Well and Gimme Some Oven provide entrée-worthy chopped salad recipes.
To make a New York style chopped salad, add 3 cups mixed greens, 3 cups bibb lettuce and 8 romaine leaves in a large bowl. Place additional sliced vegetables in the bowl, including tomatoes, bell pepper, mushrooms, avocado and asparagus. Add drained and rinsed kidney beans, sliced hard boiled eggs, grated cheese and seeds or nuts. Toss the salad with dressing, transfer it to a cutting board, and chop it into small pieces with two clean, sharp knives.
Alternatively, make Eating Well's avocado and shrimp salad by combining chopped ingredients such as 4 cups romaine with 3/4 cup red cabbage, 3/4 cup red bell pepper and 1/2 cup red onion. Toss this mixture with 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes, 2 diced slices of crisp bacon and 1 diced avocado before adding dressing and topping the salad with chopped grilled shrimp and corn kernels.
To make a blueberry chicken chopped salad, combine 1 finely chopped head of romaine with 2/3 cup diced red onion, 1/2 cup blue cheese, 1 pint blueberries and 1 cup chopped toasted pecans. Toss the salad with a Dijon vinaigrette before topping it with chopped sautéed chicken breast.