My favorite Chopped Salad*

When you and your significant other move in together, it brings you to a whole new level of crazy. You have to learn their patterns and you have to adapt to each other. You have ridiculous screaming fights about the proper way to use a tube of toothpaste or about leaving a cup in the sink. Or at least, Jorge and I did. But through all of it, you either grow closer or figure out that you aren’t going to work out. Luckily for Jorge and I, we grew closer.

Then if you are insane, and really want to see how crazy things can get…you both are home, together, in a two bedroom townhouse…24 hours a day. It didn’t start out this way. Actually it started with us both having 8-5 jobs and me having school afterward. Then it turned into me being laid off and deciding to pursue school full time. And then I found that I much preferred taking online classes to being stuck in class with a boring professor that goes on and on and 18 year old kids talking about how wasted they were last night. So I am now home all day…and then recently Jorge got a new consulting job…which includes working from home for the next 4 months. And it is now that we are truly learning every thing you wouldn’t want to know about the other person. There is no place to hide things anymore. He is home ALL DAY. And I am home ALL DAY. And while we might be doing other things…he is still in the house…and has a tendency to come in to rooms unannounced. Like yesterday, when I was making dinner. He was off doing something…and appeared just in time to see me do my funky feel good dance to Toxic (by Miss B Spears of course). You know that dance you do when you think NO ONE is watching? Where you also use a hairbrush, or in this case spoon, as your imaginary microphone? Ya, it was one of those dances. And earlier in the week he discovered how I like to read my cooking magazines in the bath. I know it’s weird and totally backwards…but it works for me. He also found out that I like to spy on the neighbors and am totally wrapped up in the drama I think is going on next door with a cheating fiance. Oh and he discovered I occasionally talk Gangsta to the cats. And now that he is home, I can’t hide these weird things I do. Fingers crossed we make it through the next 4 months.


My Favorite Chopped Salad


8 ounces chopped iceberg lettuce, in 1/2-inch dice
2 ounce diced plum tomatoes, in 1/2-inch dice
1 ounce sliced scallion, in 1/8-inch slivers
2 ounces crumbled Danish blue cheese
1/2 ounce crispy prosciutto, pan fried and chopped
3 ounces dressing (recipe follows)

1/4 avocado
1 teaspoon crispy prosciutto

1 ounce Coleman's dry mustard
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1 ounce garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup red vinegar
1 cup white vinegar
Salt, to taste
1 quart corn oil or canola oil
1 cup virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons whole black pepper, fresh ground
1 teaspoon fresh oregano


Combine mustard, sugar, water, garlic, red and white vinegar and salt in food processor. Mix until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the oils, continue to blend. Add remaining ingredients and stir with wire whisk. Store in sealed containers in refrigerator. This makes 2 quarts of dressing.

Place lettuce in large mixing bowl Add all the ingredients except garnish and mix well. Add dressing and mix well.

Serve, topping each portion with garnish.

Slightly adapted from: Maggiano's Little Italy



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12 Responses to “My favorite Chopped Salad”

  1. 1

    notyet100 — December 2, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    :-) salad is too good,..

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — December 2, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    I love salads! I just need to stop being too lazy to make them for myself!

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    Rachel — December 2, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    I keep meaning to start eating salads again. I was once obsessed with them. I love your dressing recipe – sounds fantastic! Maybe that’ll get me back in the grove.

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    Dawn Hutchins — December 2, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    I’m sorry but there is nothing better than fresh, homemade salad dressing. This looks SO good.

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    Brenda — December 2, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    LOL @ “do my funky feel good dance to Toxic (by Miss B Spears of course). You know that dance you do when you think NO ONE is watching?” Been there, done that!!

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    Eliana — December 2, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Hmmm – this looks great. Especially love how you described it as being ass friendly on twitter :) Mine thanks you :)

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    DessertForTwo — December 2, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    Haha! I love your post! You crack me up!

    Y’all will make it through the 4 months and be even stronger in the end–especially if you bake a lot. Anytime you wanna scream, shove a cookie in your mouth (or his mouth). Works everytime :)

    I love your background in the photo–is your wall that color or did you use a prop?

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    Patty — December 2, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Very lovely story! I know exactly what you are talking about – since my husband and I got married, he has traveled extensively. So whenever he is in the house, I’m never sure what to do with myself and he is equally confused! The salad is gorgeous and your photos are lovely.

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    Orange Girl — December 2, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    OMG the tube-of-toothpaste ‘discussion’ – I know what you mean!! I’m thinking of asking Santa this year for some kind of hydraulic attachment for the tube that automatically SHUTS THE LID! Ha ha :) Same problems the world over!

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    Nance — December 2, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    Just made this for dinner. I have been hunting for years for a salad dressing like this. You made my day

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    Anna Johnston — December 3, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    Thats SO funny…., you wrote that spot on Sista… :) :) Yep, know about that weird toothpaste full on fight & I caught him doing the dance just the other night, in the bathroom, in a state of undress (oh OK…, totally naked)…. crazy stuff.
    Cool recipe too BTW :)

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    Sophia Harcourt — December 4, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    I hope this doesn’t disappoint you but I have to say my favorite part of this blog was reading about all the “secret” things that Jorge is learning about you:). Good luck.

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