New York-Style Chopped Salad

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
3 cups mixed salad greens
8 whole romaine leaves
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
One 14-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 4-ounce can pitted mixed olives
2 red bell peppers, sliced
2 yellow bell peppers, sliced
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
2 avocados, sliced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 English cucumber, halved then sliced
1 bunch asparagus, blanched and sliced into pieces
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
8 radishes, halved
Salt and ground pepper
Herby Ranch Dressing, recipe follows, or your favorite

For the herby ranch dressing

1 cup (real) mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk (more as needed to reach desired consistency)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
3 teaspoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and ground pepper

Lay out the greens and all the fixings in small dishes.

Have a big stainless bowl with tongs. Have everyone build their own salad by throwing what they want into the bowl. Toss and tip the salad onto a cutting board. With 2 knives, quickly chop the salad so that it's chopped into smaller pieces. Throw it back into the metal dish and toss with Herby Ranch Dressing.

Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

For the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, parsley, chives, oregano, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Chill for a couple of hours before serving.

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