How Do You Chop?

I love chopped salads. There is something so delicious about a bowl of ingredients already chopped perfectly and ready to be mixed with dressing and devoured. Most the time I enjoy when chopped salads come to your table already mixed so you’re not doing the awkward mixing of a salad which usually leaves more toppings on the table then in your bowl. You know we’ve all had a good ol’ Cobb salad disaster when trying to be civilized in public.

So more on this salad in my review of Cowboy Chao, but this salad has inspired our family to present chopped salads beautifully before mixing table side as Cowboy waiters do. The waiter brings over the bowl and carefully explains each ingredients before pouring a pesto buttermilk ranch (yum) dressing over the top and gently folding all the ingredients together as you sit and salivate. Who knew a salad could be that good? Here’s the rundown of their salad ingredients: smoked salmon, pearl couscous, arugula, pumpkin seeds, dried currants, dehydrated corn and tomatoes.

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Here’s is my Dad’s masterpiece from this week. His basic recipe is:

  1. Chop lettuce (he used arugula and spinach)
  2. Chop veggies (he used tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers)
  3. Find other topppings to use (corn, beans, cheese)
  4. Chop meat (we used chicken)
  5. Place toppings in cute little lines in a big flat style bowl
  6. Show off your lining up skills
  7. Pour your dressing of choice on top and gently toss ingredients all together!

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What would you add in a chopped salad?

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