Cucina Cucina! Chopped Salad

This is a delicious salad that you can make at home.  Chick peas, lettuce, basil leaves, mozzarella cheese, chicken breasts, tomatoes and more make for a hearty salad.

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Cucina Cucina! Chopped Salad

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Cucina Cucina! Chopped Salad

Cucina Cucina! Chopped Salad is a salad that everyone will cheer for when you make it. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cucina Cucina! Chopped Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 617kcal


Italian Vinaigrette

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 ounces cooked chick peas, lightly chopped
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce chopped in 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 ounces diced poached chicken breast
  • 8 ounces dry wine salami, diced
  • 8 ounces plum tomatoes diced, reserve half for garnish
  • 1/2 cup grated provolone cheese , reserve half for garnish
  • 3 green onions reserve half for garnish
  • 8 lettuce leaves


  • To prepare the dressing: Combine the egg yolk and water in a small bowl and whisk well. Cover the bowl with a small plate and microwave on high for 10 seconds, or until the mixture starts to expand. Continue to cook 5 seconds longer. Whisk with a clean whisk. Cover and return to the microwave 5 seconds. Remove from the oven, whisk with a clean whisk, cover and let sit 1 minute.
  •  In a food processor combine the egg, Dijon, garlic, salt, pepper, dry mustard, oregano, sugar, vinegar and lemon juice; process to blend. Slowly add the olive oil, processing until emulsified. Set aside. (The dressing makes about 1-1/2 cup; refrigerate the excess). 
  • To prepare the salad: Combine the chick peas, iceberg lettuce, basil, mozzarella, chicken, salami and half of the tomatoes, provolone and green onions. Toss with the dressing. Divide evenly between 8 lettuce-lined plates. Garnish with the remaining tomatoes, provolone and green onions.


Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 2148mg | Potassium: 1102mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5550IU | Vitamin C: 28.1mg | Calcium: 381mg | Iron: 3.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    The dressing for this salad is awesome! We loved it and will be using it again for other salads. The Salad was good as well!

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