Psst! I hear this is a Portillo’s copykat recipe.
I’ve never had Portillo’s chopped salad before. The smell of their delicious char-broiled burgers & Italian beef sandwiches, wafting (outside the restaurant doors), inherently marches my feets straight to the meat line! One day, I’ll resist. Until then, this recipe will do.
It’s so good, and very filling as a main course.
Unless you use a food processor, making this salad will have you perfecting your knife skills, whilst giving your arm a mini workout!
I rarely use mine, as I don’t like cleaning all the parts. A knife, plus a cutting board, equals six less dishes to wash. Or so, it feels.
Before we get to the recipe…I have to say, red cabbage is so pretty! It looks more purple than red, no?
Here is the Recipe: (adapted from Mama’s Family Cooking)
4 cups chopped lettuce (iceberg & romaine)
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup uncooked Ditalini pasta (cooked al dente, drained & cooled)
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
5 green onions (chopped, green part only)
8 strips of bacon (cooked, drained on paper towel, and chopped)
1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
Sweet Italian House Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic (peeled & smashed, to release essence)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• Whisk dressing ingredients together & set aside (Or, refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight, to allow sugar to dissolve & flavors to meddle. Then, remove garlic chunks.)
• Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl
• Whisk dressing to combine, then add to salad to taste
• Toss again
I’ve made this salad without pasta (while going wheat-free), and it was still delicious. I’ve also used turkey bacon a couple of times. And, I always leave out the tomatoes for Husband. Still quite good!
This recipe is very adaptable, I think. So, feel free to add, take away, and replace ingredients. Just be sure to chop, chop, chop! 😉
If you’ve had Portillo’s chopped salad before & you try this recipe…please share with me whether the tastes are similar. I’d surely appreciate it!