I absolutely love my food processor and my magic bullet but the kitchen tool I use most often is my hand chopper.  Which is saying a lot since I use my magic bullet every single morning to make my daughter a smoothie for breakfast.  Honestly though I use my hand chopped for just about every meal I make.  Anytime a recipe calls for chopped or diced veggies I whip it out.  Chopped nuts and chocolate chips for cookies and baked goods - hand chopper.  And the most important use - THE CHOPPED SALAD.  I’ve been making this salad for years after being inspired by the chopped salad served at Portillo’s Restaurant.  As delicious as this salad is the dressing is what puts it over the top with awesomeness.  What?  Salads can have awesomeness.  Don’t believe me?  Make this salad.  Oh, and you might want to make a double batch of dressing.  If you’re anything like me the first batch somehow disappears from the bowl before it can get on your salad.  True story folks.  True story.


Ingredients for Chopped Salad:

  • lettuce, finely chopped (you can use romaine, kale, spinach or any of your favorite greens)
  • carrots, finely chopped
  • red cabbage, finely chopped
  • radish, finely chopped
  • red onion, finely chopped
  • cooked pasta of your choice (choose a smaller shaped pasta such as ditalini, orzo, elbow, etc.)
  • any other of your favorite veggies, finely chopped of course (I like to add in some cooked quinoa as well)

Ingredients for Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinger
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or Garlic Gold Oil


  1. In a food processor (or powerful blender) add the chickpeas, garlic, mustard and vinegar.  Turn on food processor and after 5-10 seconds slowly add in the oil while the food processor is still on.  This helps to create a creamier dressing.  The consistency is thinner than a hummus but more solid than your typical dressing.  If you want a thinner dressing add a bit more oil or water to thin it out.

    This is the picture my husband snapped after laughing at me for eating the entire first batch of dressing

  2. Next prepare your salad in a large bowl.  Add in the your veggies and pasta in whatever quantities you’d like.  There is no wrong way to make this salad.
  3. Top with dressing and stir well to combine.  Enjoy!

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional info will vary greatly depending on amount of ingredients used to make your salad.


The best way to store any leftovers is in separate containers in the fridge.  The dressing will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

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  1. Tara says:

    That dressing does sound amazing… I mixed some hummus with yogurt, lemon and dill and used it as dressing on a cucumber salad last week, it was soooo good! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. carmen boemer says:

    sounds tasty

  3. aimee karasinski says:

    Wondering which type of hand chopper you are referring to? I love chopped salad but they are so much work! I am dying to know of an easier way. Can you email me back with what type you are referring to if you have time? thanks…cant wait to make this!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Aimee,

      I happened to use a pampered chef hand chopper mostly because it was given to me years ago as a gift. I do happen to like it a lot but I’ve honestly never used another brand to know if there are better or worse ones out on the market. I’ve seen hand choppers carried at kitchen stores and they all look very similar to the one I own. I imagine they are similar and you can probably pick one of those up and it would work great. The salad is fabulous and well worth getting a hand chopper for!


  4. Leslie says:

    I loved this recipe. Can’t wait to have lunch tomorrow. I now look forward to eating as I was feeling stuck in a rut for lunch ideas. Not now. My hubbie loved it too!! Thank you for sharing.

    • Sarah says:

      So glad to hear you liked it. This is without a doubt one of my most favorite salads. I went through a 2 month period when this was all I ate for lunch. Good stuff!



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