Everyday Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad is a broad term.  Order one off a menu it may have grilled meat or salmon, beets, tomato, cheese, avocado, fruit, and vegetables.   Really anything.  Some have lettuce, some do not.   The only commonality between Chopped Salads is that all ingredients are chopped into uniform bite-sized pieces.  

In the past few days I've had several nice renditions of Chopped Salads at various restaurants in Chicago but none quite like my own simple version that lately I've been making nearly everyday.  For this reason I call it Everyday Chopped Salad.  The ingredients - cucumber, zucchini, green beans, celery, lettuce and corn - are raw and green with the exception of the corn which adds a peck of color and sweetness.  I always have these ingredients on hand in some form;  half a cucumber that needs to be used, a few leftover green beans or small bunch of lettuce.  The proportions don't matter, which is why this is not a recipe so much as a really good use for some ingredients in the SimplyCooking® Pantry.    I find the combination refreshing and hydrating, something I crave in the dry winter months.

There are many options for dressings, but I recommend keeping it light and simple.  The SimplyCooking® Asian Dressing introduces ginger.    A balsamic vinaigrette or drizzle of a high quality balsamic vinegar is splendid too.  Close to my house is the wonderful world of Vom Fass, a purveyor of fruit vinegars, exquisite oils, wines and liqueurs sold from the cask online and in retail locations in Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Hungary,  United Kingdom and in a handful of US locations, including St. Louis.  The  Aceto Balsamico di Modena "Maletti" adds a rich splash of flavor that's become my absolute favorite drizzle for Everyday Chopped Salad.

everyday chopped salad

romaine lettuce
cucumber, skinned and seeded
zucchini, skinned
raw green beans
frozen corn, thawed

Clean and chop all green ingredients into uniform bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl.  Add thawed corn.  Toss.  Drizzle with a high quality balsamic vinegar, or toss with a light dressing.

Related Recipe Links:
SimplyCooking® asian dressing
SimplyCooking® honey balsamic vinagrette