Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers

Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers

Looking for summer salad recipes? Try this Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers! Made of chopped vegetables, herbs, and spices, fresh iceberg lettuce, radicchio, romaine heart, pepperoncini, mozzarella balls, black olives, sugar plum tomatoes, red onion, hard salami, Italian salami, and a homemade Italian Vinaigrette.

This Italian Chopped Salad is the perfect side for your grilled main dishes at picnics, dinners or potlucks. This light salad has a flavorful taste and is very refreshing. I served this salad with homemade zesty Italian dressing, made of avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning mix. You can also turn this Italian chopped salad into Italian pasta salad, simply by adding cooled pasta into the salad mixture, stir to combine and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Looking for summer salad recipes? Try this Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers! Made of chopped vegetables, herbs, and spices, fresh iceberg lettuce, radicchio, romaine heart, pepperoncini, mozzarella balls, black olives, sugar plum tomatoes, red onion, hard salami, Italian salami, and a homemade Italian Vinaigrette.

When I visit the east coast of the US they seem to do a better job with salads that integrate meats and cheeses. I have found Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York to have the best food in this department, which is probably due to the longstanding food traditions in these areas and access to some of the best meats and cheeses in the country. One area where my salad differs from most of those you’ll find in those three aforementioned cities is that I strive for a lighter and healthier taste in my dressing. I like the other ingredients to shine and find that too often the salads from restaurants are drowned out by an overbearing dressing.

Here’s how to make Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers:

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Italian Chopped Salad with Salami & Pepperoncini Peppers
Ingredients
Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 3/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning (no salt added, store bought)
For Salad:
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped radicchio
  • 1 romaine heart
  • 1 1/2 cups iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup sugar plum tomatoes or cherry
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives (I opted for Kalamata olives)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 cup Italian dry salami from Dietz & Watson
  • 1/4 cup hard salami from Dietz & Watson
  • 1/4 cup Pepperoncini Peppers
Instructions
  1. In a mason jar, add avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, white sugar, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning. Close the lid and shake well. Refrigerate until its ready to use.

  2. To serve: In a mixing bowl, add all the salad ingredients and toss well. 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    Jul 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    This salad sounds so flavorful and looks very so refreshing! The homemade vinaigrette sounds delicious too!

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, my! I love a good chopped salad — especially with salami (or pepperoni — I won’t tell), mozzarella and pepperoncini. Just give me a crust of rustic bread and a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc!

  • Reply
    Mary
    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    You’re so right that Italian-American classics like this are more prevalent on the east coast. And anything with fresh mozzarella is a winner in my book!

  • Reply
    Sues
    Jul 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This is my idea of the perfect summer dinner!! So many things that make me happy in one big bowl 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana
    Jul 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Such a lovely summer dish. I love it when the food is light and colourful!

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