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Chopped Salad – Sandwich-lover Stamp of Approval

Alternate title I was thinking of: “get your ass off of the computer, and go make this chopped salad now”.

Let me tell you a little story about my husband Troy.  The man LOVES sandwiches.  As in, before we got married, he would have a breakfast sandwich, a sandwich for lunch, and maybe go crazy and have a sandwich with dinner.  I’ve seen him put spaghetti, lasagna, and Shepard’s pie between two pieces of bread, because hey, that counts as a sandwich, right?

I tell you that because I need you to know that once when I made a dynamite panini (grilled chicken, pesto, homemade bread, bacon, and mozzarella) for dinner and put it on a plate along with this salad, he ate the chopped salad first.

Screw James Beard awards.  If Troy will eat a chopped salad BEFORE a sandwich, I know this is a winner.

Let’s talk about bacon for a second, ok?  When I buy it, which is often, I cook it all up at once.  Then, I let it cool and freeze it.  The good news is, I always have bacon ready to eat.  The bad news is, I always have bacon ready to eat. Bacon is the candy bar of meat.

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chopped salad
5 from 3 votes
Chopped Salad - Sandwich-lover Stamp of Approval
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Hearty chopped salad with so much flavor that my sandwich loving husband will eat this first at meals. A powerhouse serving of veggies and a touch of bacon.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chopped salad, make ahead salad, make ahead vegetables
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 165 kcal
  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 1 small head of purple cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 5-6 giant kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 5 strips of bacon cooked and cooled
  • Dressing of your choice I recommend something poppyseed based
  1. Just go ahead and wash all your produce, so that I don't have to say it every step of the way.
  2. Halve, and then chunk your cabbage. In a few batches, place in a food processor, and pulse 5-6 times until pieces are uniform(ish). Place into the biggest mixing bowl you have.
    chopped salad
  3. Lay your kale on a cutting board, and remove the ribs by slicing each side. Loosely chop, and place into your big ol' mixing bowl.

    chopped salad
  4. Peel, and chop your carrots, and dump in the bowl. See how easy this is? We're having fun now!
    chopped salad
  5. Chop the cooked bacon. You know what to do now right? Throw it in the bowl!
  6. Celery? Chop it and put that stuff in the bowl too. It's getting kind of crowded in there, right? Right!
  7. Add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Mix!
Nutrition Facts
Chopped Salad - Sandwich-lover Stamp of Approval
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This makes up a huge amount of salad, which is awesome from a meal prep standpoint.  Store it in a large container without the dressing in the fridge until ready to use/eat/devour/enjoy.  For our portion, I scooped a bunch out into a smaller mixing bowl, and added the dressing and tossed to distribute it.  The recipe makes so much, that you can easily eat this chopped salad for four plus meals.  I love love love recipes that I can make once, and eat off of for multiple meals.  It is the lazy healthy eater in me.

I wonder if given the chance if Troy would put this on a sandwich too…?

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20 comments on “Chopped Salad – Sandwich-lover Stamp of Approval”

  1. Just recommended this for the millionth time. And now I want to make it.
    I love this salad so much!

  2. Wow, what a great idea!

  3. We LOVE this salad. It’s especially amazing with a hard boiled egg or two for work lunches. So yummy! Thank you!

  4. A kitchen hack for removing the central rib in chard, kale, spinach etc… instead of slicing twice for both sides of the rib, I fold the leaf in half and then just slice once down the side of the rib! I know, it only takes a second or two off the time, but when you are doing a TON of leaves for any sort of dish, it just makes the job a little quicker!

  5. Do you eat this salad with a spoon? 🙂 I think I’ll shave the carrots and chop into little ribbons. I kind of dislike chunks of carrots in salads. Maybe toss with goddess dressing!

    • Nah, I used a fork! 🙂

      I love chunks of carrots, but ribbons would be fine too. If you already have your food processor out, maybe shred them in that?

  6. Adding these ingredients to my grocery list. Looks easy enough that I might insist that the hubby and child make it.

    • Did they do it? Did you pull the “I’m busy with school” car d and make them do this? 🙂

      • We went camping (for the first time!) this weekend so we haven’t tried the salad yet. These items are on the list for tomorrows grocery shopping.

        On a side note, the hubby did run to the store after we got back from camping to pick up hot dogs and tater tots that HE made for supper so I could finish up my school work :0)

  7. Only thing missing from the salad is the Pork BBQ and bun. I am with Troy….everything is better on bread 🙂

  8. I would totally do this as a mason jar salad!! I make one very similar but I add chopped dates or raisins for a little pop of sweetness! Sweet, salty, bacon = Yumm!!

  9. This looks yummy and healthy. I wonder if it would work as a mason jar salad for lunches?

    • I don’t see why not! But even though I don’t love salads, I can eat a ton of this one. I’d have to probably do a quart mason jar, because a pint wouldn’t be enough for how quickly I can mow this down.