This chopped salad is perfect for a party! It is part pasta salad, part green salad and all yum! A simple dressing and all of your favorite ingredients will be great for dinner, a potluck or a BBQ!
This salad is a little bit meaty of the leafy, cheesy, meaty salad we all love and a little bit pasta salad. All of the flavors come together wonderfully and this salad is sized for a party. Of course you can cut back and make it for a smaller group easily enough.
I have made it for a few big gatherings at our house. I usually mix up the dressing the morning of the party.
I also get all of the chopping done a couple of hours in advance. I leave the dressing off until right before it is time to serve.
Sometimes I’ll even only dress half of the salad at a time just in case we don’t need it all. Since the rest isn’t dressed, it keeps longer and can be my lunches during the week!
Sometimes I like to make variations on this salad as well. It is great with a mix of bacon and salami. It is also great with hard boiled eggs or some smoked chicken, because why not?
It has been a couple of years since I actually had a real Portillo’s chopped salad, but this gives me a little taste of it when the craving strikes.
To make it more authentic, you should use the ditalini pasta, some bacon and some chicken. I can’t always find the ditalini pasta at my favorite grocery stores though, and the small shells work as a great substitute.
Do you know what I need to do next? Work up a copycat for their poppy seed salad. (Ps. I did that… check out my recipe for copycat Portillo’s chicken poppy seed salad.)
It is loaded with fruit, chicken, cheese and a poppy seed dressing that is sooooo good. They make great Chicago style dogs and Italian beef as well, but I go straight for the salads every time!
I actually poked around their website once to see what it would take to get a franchise. I think it would be really successful here.
Do you have a regional favorite restaurant that you wish you could bring home to your neck of the woods? What restaurant do you wish you had closer?
- 1 pound small pasta, ditalini or small shells cooked according to package directions
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 3 cups iceburg lettuce
- 1 cup red cabbage
- 5 roma tomatoes
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup gorgonzola
- 8 oz hard salami, chicken, bacon or a mix
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Mix together all dressing ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Chop all salad ingredients small. Toss together. If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Toss salad and dressing just before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.