I’m always looking for new salads that are portable and can be made ahead of time. They also need to be filling, healthy and delicious. I’ve told you how high-maintenance I am when it comes to lunches. And even though I can eat the same breakfast, day after day, lunches need to be new, exciting and always different. Oh, and then healthy too. :) I swear I’m fun to go out to eat with!

This is the kind of salad that fits all of my requirements – we’ve got veggies (about 4 servings); fiber from the beans, flavor and protein from the meat and cheese and some good fat from the salad dressing. It is a change from the usual, sometimes boring, and just what I need from time to time to mix things up.

Italian Chopped Salad – 2 servings

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 1 thin slice red onion, cut in half
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 english cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette (I used garlic gold)
  • 2 oz provolone cheese, chopped
  • 2 oz genoa salami, chopped

Layer half of the lettuce, basil, onion, pepper and cucumber slices on plate or in a bowl.

Sprinkle garbanzo beans and dressing over veggies and top with cheese and salami.

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    This looks delicious — I love salami on salads so much — the saltiness is so good!


  2. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I’ve been getting so excited about salads lately when there are fun toppings to put on them…and you really can’t get much better than chickpeas and mozz!


  3. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Love this idea. I never know what to do with the great Italian meat and cheese packs that Trader Joe’s sells.


    • Emily
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

      They do have a great Italian Meat package that I’ve gotten before.


  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    What a great looking salad! I need to make this over the weekend :)


  5. thehealthyapron
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Thsi looks SO yummy! I lvoe salads!


  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    This looks fantastic! I always love new salad variations :)


  7. Cait's Plate
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    That looks SO good right now! I wish I could have that for dinner but I don’t think I have all the ingredients :(


  8. Maris(In Good Taste)
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    Love this salad so much! Wish I had it right now for dinner


  9. Alyse
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Oh how I love salami on salads! Just the right tough of salt and deliciousness! A little bit goes a long way!


  10. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    One of the best salads I’ve ever had, I got at POTBELLY. I know – so gourmet. Don’t judge. ;) This sounds kind of like their “The Wreck” salad though. Yummmy!


    • Emily
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

      I’m totally trying that!


  11. Emily Malloy
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    This looks incredible!


  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Emily! This salad looks awesome. :) I wouldn’t expect anything less, though!


  13. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 10:23 am



  14. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    This looks delicious! I love packin salads for lunch but sometimes I get stuck in the same boring old rut! Thanks for the new idea!


  15. Megan
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    I just found your blog and I love it! I teach human anatomy and physiology at a city college, which I love, but have wanted to change my career to reflect my love for nutrition. My question for you, if you don’t mind, is: what are your credentials? I know you received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, but are you a RD, or a certified nutritionist, or what? Just curious….I’m trying to figure out the best path for my own second career. I would greatly appreciate the chance to communicate with you on this subject!


  16. holly
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    italian chopped salads are zee BEST!!!


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