Chicken Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing #SundaySupper

5/26/2013

Welcome to this week's edition of #SundaySupper! Last week, was my very first time participating and I loved it! It's a fabulous group of bloggers. This week's theme is Picnic and it's being hosted by 


This salad is actually a copycat recipe of the chopped salad at Portillo's  If you don't have a Portillo's near you..it's a restaurant famous for burgers, ribs, hot dogs and insanely long lines in their drive thru.  Their workers actually take orders with pen and paper outside when the drive thru gets too long, no matter the weather. It's a little nutty. Well, they do have this super duper salad there.  It's delicious.  It's also a bit pricey for me just to run out and grab it for lunch. This recipe has saved me a trip and a couple of bucks.  Very nice, right?
I have made this twice in the last week.  First, for a BBQ at our house, then, again (due to a popular demand) for a BBQ at my sisters house.  It so easy to throw together and can be made to feed just one or feed any army. Enjoy!
{a side note..I am terrible at keeping exact measurements for a salad, below is an approx of what I used for mine.  It fed  5-6 adults and worked well with the amount of dressing, but, you can  adjust according to your taste}

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Chicken Chopped Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing
Dressing Adapted From SunTimes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 6

Ingredients:
  • for salad:
  • 1-2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup Ditalani pasta, cooked and cooled completely
  • 2-3 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 4-6oz Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • for dressing:  ( makes 2/3 cups or 10-1 TBSP servings)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves, garlic peeled or 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
Directions:
  1. for salad:
  2. In a large salad bowl, add all salad ingredients. 
  3. for dressing:
  4. In a blender or food processor, add vinegar, garlic, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well.  Slowly, add in oil. Mix well. Toss with salad.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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