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late summer chopped salad // cait's plate

late summer chopped salad

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 salad 1x
  • Category: lunch


this late summer chopped salad is easy and delicious.  combining crisp romaine & cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, fresh mozzarella, basil and avocado – I recommend topping with a homemade balsamic shallot vinaigrette and croutons.



For the Salad:

  • 23 large handfuls romaine lettuce, washed, roughly torn/chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted
  • 1/3 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup seedless cucumbers, sliced
  • fresh mozzarella, roughly torn (as much or as little as you want – or swap in another cheese!)
  • Fresh basil, minced
  • Optional toppings: homemade croutons, salt & pepper, dressing (recipe below)

For the Dressing (from NYTcooking):

  • 12 shallots, peeled & minced (~3 tablespoons)
  • Juice from 1 small lemon (~2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling


For the Salad:

  • Combine everything into a bowl and toss with dressing then top with desired toppings.

For the Dressing:

  • Throw everything into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Top salad with it.

Keywords: meatless, salad, chickpeas, avocado, mozzarella, basil, cucumber, tomato, salt, pepper

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