Chopped salads are all the rage, and it’s a great way to get our veggies in. Chopped salads are simply a regular salad, but instead of being layered, all the ingredients are chopped and tossed. It’s a great healthy meal and the very best chopped salads can be made right at home, saving you tons of $$! This is one of my favorite chopped salad recipes – see what you think!
8 leaves romanine lettuce, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
1 cup edamame
1 jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, minced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cooked quinoa, any color
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts (or substitute crunchy won ton strips for crunch, after you dress the salad)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
3 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Combine all dressing ingredients except peanuts in a small sauce over medium heat; when dressing is well combined, add peanuts and stir to combine; remove from heat. Add water as needed to dressing, a bit at a time, to thin down.
Place salad ingredients into a large serving bowl; drizzle desired amount of dressing over ingredients and gently toss to combine. Serve at once.
**I usually add about half of the dressing and add more as I go, as needed. Store leftover dressing in the fridge.
Now You’re Cookin’,