Italian Chopped Salad

A friend of mine brought this salad over for a potluck and we absolutely loved it! The recipe below has some modifications that I prefer. I recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.

Ingredients for Salad:

1 head of romaine lettuce, cleaned and cut into bite sizes

1 small red onion, finely sliced

1/2 lb provolone or mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (my friend prefers smoked gouda)

1 15-oz can of chickpeas (I love Eden Organics)

1/4-1/2 lb salami, cut into bite sized pieces

3/4 lb cherry tomatoes (you can leave them whole or slice in half)

4 medium pepperoncinis, cut into bite sized pieces

Dressing:

4 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 T dried oregano

2 tsps salt

2 T lemon juice

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp black pepper

How to:

There’s a lot of chopping, so put on some good music or a podcast before you get started.

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and then mix up the dressing in a separate bowl. Combine just before serving and mix really well. This is a large salad and it will taste good as leftovers for a couple of days, but it is best if you are feeding a larger group (6 people or so). Enjoy!

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