Chopped salads are a well-loved menu item at fine restaurants around the world. Truly a “chef’s choice,” these colorful salads can be made with everything from steamed cauliflower and broccoli, to roasted artichokes, raw cucumbers and onions. In my video, I’ll demonstrate how to create a colorful raw salad that is an exceptionally satisfying one-dish meal made without animal protein.
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to master a satisfying Chopped Salad, where several vegetables are chopped into uniform bite-sized pieces so you can taste all of them in every mouthful.
Raw Ingredients You Probably Have on Hand
The base of my salad is crisp Romaine lettuce. This is a lettuce variety that I use frequently in smoothies, so I always have it on hand. In the demonstration, you’ll see how I use a knife to safely remove the stem end and chop the leaves neatly.
Cucumbers add another level of crunch and sweet flavor. I’ll show you how to seed and chop a cucumber into fine dice so that it is in perfect harmony with the other ingredients.
Chopped Salad – The Color of Good Health
I love food that looks as good as it tastes. Colorful veggies are often the healthiest. (Think dark leafy greens). The more kaleidoscopic your salad, the more nutritional goodness it contains.
I add bright orange bell peppers and tomatoes to my Chopped Salad which adds an extra helping of vitamins and antioxidants to this tasty meal-in-a-bowl.
What’s A Raw Salad without a Classic Vinaigrette
I’ll also show you how to mix a marvelous Classic Vinaigrette. My special twist is to use cider vinegar. I find that it’s easier to digest than red wine vinegar varieties, and it has a fine fruity flavor.
If you forego salad dressings because you’re a calorie-conscious waist watcher, you’re going to love my trick for using lemons to lower the fat content of your dressing.
An Unexpected Finish
Just when you think it can't this salad couldn’t get any more packed with flavor, I add soft creamy avocado, the piece de resistance to the salad. Avocados can be tricky, so I’ll show you how to prep yours and explain why it should be the last ingredient added to your salad.
Chopped Salad is always “in season” and a thrifty raw food choice since it can be made with whatever vegetables are on sale at the market.