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Salad with romaine, radicchio, chickpeas and tomatoes in a bowl.

Italian Chopped Salad

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Endlessly customizable, this Italian chopped salad recipe has romaine, radicchio, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini and so much more. Add protein for carnivores or keep it vegetarian.


  • For salad
  • 2 romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1 small head radicchio, chopped
  • 115 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes from a jar, oil drained
  • 5 pepperoncini, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced pitted black olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • For dressing
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. To make the salad, combine the romaine, radicchio, chickpeas, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini, olives, gorgonzola and parsley in a large bowl.
  2. Stir the salad ingredients together.
  3. For the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk together the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, honey, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette into the salad, tossing to combine.


If you want to make a few swaps, try these:

  • Cheese: torn fresh mozzarella, cubed provolone, shaved parmesan
  • Tomatoes: halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Olives: Kalamata, Castelvetrano or Cerignola

And if you want to add a few things, try these:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Salami
  • Protein: grilled, roasted or rotisserie chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp
  • Homemade croutons
  • Nuts or seeds (walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pepitas)

Leftover salad can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 3 days. Store the vinaigrette in a separate jar.

Keywords: italian chopped salad, chopped salad recipe