A wooden plate with a chopped salad on it

The BEST Italian Chopped Salad You've Ever Had

Full of delicious Italian cured meats, veggies, and a homemade lemon basil vinaigrette, this simple, easy and HEALTHY salad is perfect as a main course, OR side dish!

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
171 kcal
Rachel Kirk


  • 5 oz Herb Salad Mix Found at Trader Joes- Substitute spinach & arugula if you cannot find it.
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans drained and dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil cut into thin strips I.E. chiffonade
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halted
  • 1/4 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup diced salami
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced black olives

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil use leftovers from above and finely chop
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine salad, and chopped ingredients.

  2. *Tip: If you are transporting to a party, or serving later, avoid mixing the 'wet' ingredients (I.E. garbanzo beans & olives) to prevent sogginess. 

  3. In a small bowl or mason jar, combine dressing ingredients. Shake well, and let sit for a few minutes to allow flavor to absorb. 

  4. Toss & serve. Enjoy with toasted garlic bread!

Recipe Notes

Tips to make this delicious Italian Chopped Salad:

  1. Like I mentioned above- use FRESH basil. The easiest way to chop fresh Basil is to roll it tightly, and slice it (this is called a 'chiffonade'. HERE and HERE (this one from Taste of Home includes cool tutorials on chopping herbs in general!) are great tutorials to help if you need a visual!)
  2. I used provolone in this Italian Chopped Salad, but you could really use any these you'd like. Big shreds of parmesan would be delicious, as would chopped mozzarella. 
  3. Don't be scared to substitute! You can really play with this Italian Chopped Salad however you like- Don't have garbanzo beans? Add in some kidney beans! Not a fan of tomatoes? Leave them out. Add in some radishes, even some chopped purple onions would be delicious in this.
  4. Pepperocini's would be delicious with this, too. My husband doesn't like them so I left them out. Ugh- the things you do for people you love!
  5. Need some extra protein? Top the salad with some chicken breast- THIS Lemon Grilled Chicken would be delicious on it!. 
  6. Serve this Italian Chopped Salad with some delicious Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread! This is the REAL reason I eat salad. So I can have bread. It's all about moderation, peeps. 
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Italian Chopped Salad You've Ever Had
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 370mg15%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.