The Best Chopped Salad

Monday, August 26, 2013


I thought our babe was on his way last night...  Cam and I were cozied up watching a movie before bed and I started having the strongest cramps and contractions I've had yet. I asked him if he thought this could be it? He laughed and said, no, definitely not yet. He must have a secret daddy-son communication because he was right. 
I suppose it was simply more intense Braxton Hicks, getting my body ready for birth. 
I'll of course keep you updated as we get closer and closer (:


This delicious salad! Thanks to Joanna, I had the wonderful opportunity to share it last week on her blog in her Best Of Series, but I also want to share it here in case anyone is looking for a yummy & easy Labor Day recipe. You can make it just for yourself, for two, or for as many friends or family as you'd like. The options are limitless and can be customized to any palette.


The Best Chopped Salad with Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette
{serves 4+}

1 large head of crunchy romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped
1 cup strawberries, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
6-8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup apples, chopped
1 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup grapes, halved
1 cup oranges, chopped


For the dressing:
2 ripe lemons
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Fine sea salt, to taste


Arrange each of the chopped salad ingredients in separate bowls. For the dressing, squeeze the lemons directly into a mixing bowl to allow any pulp to come out. Whisk with the garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt. Taste, and add more salt as needed. If the dressing is too tangy for your taste, add more honey. Toss the salads when ready to eat. Enjoy!

NOTE: If serving more than four people, double this recipe.


23 comments:

  1. Wonderful summer salad... And filling as well. Today it's going to be very hot here in Oporto, so I might for something close to this for dinner :)

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    1. Just a tiny bit jealous :)
      The temperatures have dropped here, but I'll file this away for a hot day that will hopefully still show up this summer :)

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    2. you're kidding! already!? Actually, I'm a bit jealous of your dropping temps. (: It's hotttt here.

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    3. It has been raining ALL DAY! I am actually thinking of cooking stew or a creamy soup for tonight... Autumn is definitely around the corner! :)

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. Your kid's already a bit of trouble - stirring up trouble, better keep an unwavering eye on him! ;) And yummm this looks so good, I really love the idea of incorporating fruit into this salad!

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    1. My mom first taught me to put fruit in salad - she's a cooking genius (:

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  4. mmmm love me some bacon on a salad.
    Just realized it would be pretty ironic if you went into LABOR on labor day! Praying for you, sweetness!
    love, lanneybear

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    1. I think of you and t-bear everytime I cook with bacon. Legacy.

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  5. most likely making this for dinner

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    1. most likely you should just come over.

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  6. And I just so happen to be going to the grocery store later today....perfect timing I'd say!

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    1. Perfect timing indeeeed.

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  7. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  8. Looks deliciously yummo! Definitely trying. Oh my goodness, aren't those false alarms exciting! I loved the waiting, like a surprise was coming at any minute!! P.S. romaine lettuce is a natural form of pitocin..... if you ever get anxious!! J was basically force feeding me "labor salads" the last couple weeks of both pregnancies!!(:

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    1. Really!!!!? I had no idea! Bianca, you just decided our dinner for tonight.. and the next night and the next night.... (; Yes, that false alarm really was exciting. I was actually disappointed when the contractions stopped. What a change from when I was scared out of my mind a few weeks ago!!

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  9. Okay, kind of a serious question: why doesn't your blog have approximately five million followers? Every post looks like a magazine. I just love the way you make every day life look so beautiful. And if I don't get to eat this salad in the next few hours, I might die.

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    1. Haha... I guess I'm just really lame?! But seriously, I'm barely on social media and should really be sponsoring bigger blogs, but alas getting ready for a baby is expensive! (: Thanks for your super kind words though!!

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  10. I was going to ask on an older thread but thought it might not be seen... I wanted to know where you got that lovely navy striped rug in your bedroom? It is beautiful! Thanks!

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  11. oh my! this looks so tasty!

    praying for little dude's safe and quick arrival!!

    xo

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  12. Looks amazing! I LOVE chopped salads. Especially now with being GF!

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