Make your own Chopped Salad

Chopped salads are delicious and easy to make. They make a good summer party addition or just a Wednesday night meal at home.

Get creative in the kitchen with my chopped salad recipe below and save your money for things like ice cream or Chubbies (I just ordered some today!)



Chopped Salad Recipe

buy this: (buy organic whenever possible)

1 pound bacon 

1 can black beans

3 cups romaine, red leaf or Boston lettuce

1 large handful raw spinach leaves

1/2 frozen or fresh corn (or mixed veggies)

1/2 large tomato

2 white mushrooms

1/2 avocado

favorite creamy dressing (Ranch, Goddess, etc. just read your labels!) Try these companies: Annie's, Newman's Own, Tessamae's


do this:

cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, set 2-3 strips aside to drain and store the rest in the fridge

strain beans and set 1/2 cup aside, store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge

chop all ingredients (except black beans) into bite-sized pieces

toss all ingredients in a large bowl with salad dressing


You're wondering about portions, I know. Use 1-2 Tbsp dressing for a huge bowl of salad. And eat until you're full. You're eating vegetables and the "rule" with veggies is, eat as many as you want, unless they are deep-fried, covered in cheese or sauce, etc.