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Quick Basic Chopped Salad

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A quick basic chopped salad that is a starting base for whatever salad creations you may think of!

Hi hi! I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. This illustration is for all you mothers out there no matter your walk of life in this season.

I wanted to pop in here because I wanted to share with you this salad I made for lunch on Saturday when we had my parents over for an early Mother’s Day celebration!

Also, as a follow-up to this post, I’ll be popping in and out every now and then. I’m definitely not quitting the blog; I’m going to try to just not have a set schedule and the pressure to post. I do have several new recipe videos I shot in March that I’d love to share with you guys and I also just want to share recipes I love with stories behind them.

I guess you can say I’m going back to my roots and blogging for fun again. I hope you join me in this journey!

A quick basic chopped salad that is a starting base for whatever salad creations you may think of! #salad #choppedsalad #quicksalad #easysalad #saladrecipe

Like I said, I made this salad for Mother’s Day lunch on Saturday. I didn’t realize how much I would love this salad until I finished two giant platefuls.

It’s basic and quick and you can add as little or as much to it as you want. Isn’t that what a salad is all about?

I feel like salads have gotten such a bad rap. For many years, you ate a salad because you were “on a diet” or you would order a salad at a restaurant because you were “trying to be healthy.” Whatever happened to eating a salad because you just want some greens and vegetables?

And I also hate the argument that “a salad is not a meal.” Um, yes it is. If you build it correctly, it is. If it has a good amount of protein, carbs, and fats, it can be considered a meal. It can be filling and it is a healthier choice but by no means is it something you eat only when you’re on a diet.

A quick basic chopped salad that is a starting base for whatever salad creations you may think of! #salad #choppedsalad #quicksalad #easysalad #saladrecipe

I just loved all the flavors of this salad. I don’t like raw tomatoes so instead of putting myself through that and/or picking them out, I opted to roast red bell peppers.

You can easily buy them in the jar or throw them on the grill. We threw them on the grill on Saturday because we were already grilling pork chops but for regular lunches, I just sliced up the bell peppers into big wedges and threw them in the oven with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

There is nothing better than fresh, crisp cucumbers paired with roasted red peppers, red onions (I LOVE raw onions in my salads), and kalamata olives. You could probably throw feta cheese in and then it’d basically be like a Mediterranean salad but I didn’t have any on hand so I just quickly seared some chicken tenderloins (with my favorite onion salt from Trader Joe’s) and chopped them up to throw in the salad.

A quick basic chopped salad that is a starting base for whatever salad creations you may think of! #salad #choppedsalad #quicksalad #easysalad #saladrecipe

My favorite dressing to use on this salad is Bolthouse Farms’ honey mustard. If you’ve never tried Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressing; you are missing out. They have the best macros and you can use more of the dressing (if you’re a heavy dresser) without all the fat.

A quick basic chopped salad that is a starting base for whatever salad creations you may think of! #salad #choppedsalad #quicksalad #easysalad #saladrecipe
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Quick Basic Chopped Salad

A quick and basic, yet flavorful, chopped salad that you can easily add your favorite ingredients to!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loosely packed spring mix
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby arugula
  • 2 seedless mini cucumbers, sliced into rounds
  • 1 large red bell pepper, roasted (or you can use jarred roasted red peppers)
  • Red onion slices
  • Kalamata olives
  • 4 ounces cubed chicken
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a large bowl. Then use the chopper and run it through all ingredients until chopped to desired consistency. See notes below.
  • Alternatively, you can chop everything finely on a cutting board then place in to a large bowl to dress. Or you can make this not a chopped salad but just a regular salad with toppings.
  • Drizzle your favorite dressing on top and mix.

Notes

What I love about this chopping bowl and chopper is that you barely have to chop anything. I throw in barely chopped cucumbers, onions, whole olives...and the chopper chops it all up. I suppose you could also try a pizza cutter if you don't want to buy this set.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Basic Chopped Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 salad)
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 34g68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Mardana

Saturday 4th of May 2019

Food & Busy Lifestyles? If you are too busy to make a real fresh salad for your life, then you do not value life. Cooking is not fresh. Meat is not fresh. Following my teachers' instructions, eating real (raw) salad, I became the healthiest person I've ever had the opportunity to test.

Jolia

Monday 29th of October 2018

Oh my, so many amazing salads here. I really wish I wasn’t stuck in freezing winter temperatures right now because I want to eat them all.

Eileen

Monday 1st of October 2018

I just saw your blog for the first time. I love it!! Thank yiu

2pots2cook

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

So perfect for m<y office lunches ! Thank you so much !

Julie

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Enjoy!

Becca

Monday 14th of May 2018

I’m glad you’re not gone! I follow a few food blogs and you post recipes that are consistently good and that I will actually make on repeat (harder to find them you think). You’re also consistently real in how you interact with your readers (also hard to find). The salad looks great!

Julie

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Aww thank you SO much for your kind message. It truly means a lot to me that you said this and notice this out of all the zillions of bloggers out there! XOXO