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Pair my Ultimate Chopped Salad with Easy Lemon Vinaigrette with a pizza for an easy party meal or weeknight dinner!
You guys … this salad is so amazing!
I’m not a fan of wimpy, boring salads covered in tasteless dressings. There are way too many other delicious foods to eat, am I right?
My go-to salad is chopped and chock full of tasty ingredients. And that’s exactly what this salad is.
I’m calling mine the Ultimate Chopped Salad, because it is that good!
Ultimate Chopped Salad with Easy Lemon Vinaigrette
This chopped salad is made with some of my favorite ingredients: crispy romaine lettuce, crunchy vegetables, briney capers and kalamata olives, and creamy blue cheese.
A tangy lemon vinaigrette brings all the flavors together.
If you’ve never made your own vinaigrette, this easy lemon vinaigrette is a good starting point. It’s so simple to make—just whisk together a few ingredients—and tastes a million times better than the bottled stuff.
Crunchy fried shallots are the finishing touch … yum!
If you’re looking for the perfect game day recipe, the Ultimate Chopped Salad with easy Lemon Vinaigrette is it.
Entertaining for a big game doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. I like to make something from scratch, like this salad, and serve it with my favorite convenience foods, like frozen pizza and pie!
It’s an easy way to save time in the kitchen without sacrificing great taste!
I paired my salad with Red Baron Classic Crust 4-Cheese Pizza.
I’m a cheese pizza lover, and with plenty of ooey, gooey cheese, plus a delicious, chewy crust, this pie was a winner in my book.
If you’re entertaining a crowd on game day, simply pick up a few Red Baron pizzas in a variety of flavors, and you’ll have something to make everyone happy!
A delicious cheese pizza goes with anything, so have fun with this recipe and feel free to customize it with your favorite ingredients!
Artichoke hearts, nuts, different cheeses (feta … mmm!), radishes, and red peppers (to name a few) would all be delicious!
We finished our meal with a delicious slice of Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie.
Just look at how flaky that crust is! This pie didn’t last long in our home.
You’ll need to cook this pie before serving it. I recommend baking it an hour or two before your guests arrive. Your home will smell amazing, and everyone will be ready to dig into your easy game day feast the minute they arrive.
Don’t forget the whipped cream and ice cream!
This Ultimate Chopped Salad with Easy Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect way to make any meal special!
- 2 shallots, very thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 large cucumber, quartered and sliced
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, quartered
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- small handful of basil leaves, chopped
Separate the shallots into rings using your fingers.
Place shallots in a medium bowl, then sprinkle with cornstarch. Toss the shallots with the cornstarch to coat.
Head 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add shallots to the skillet in a single layer. Cook until browned on both sides, turning occasionally (a pair of tongs works well for this).
Transfer shallots to a paper towel lined plate, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
While shallots are cooking, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
Slowly add olive oil, continuing to whisk until well combined. Set aside.
Place romaine, green onions, grape tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, capers, blue cheese, and basil in a large bowl.
Drizzle salad with enough vinaigrette to coat it (you may have a little vinaigrette left over), then gently toss to combine all ingredients.
Serve salad immediately, topped with shallots. Enjoy!
What is your favorite game day recipe?