Bacon, Romain lettuce, corn, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and avocado, tossed in a yummy cilantro dressing, what could be better? This dish is perfect for hot summer nights when it’s too hot to be in the kitchen cooking.
This is one of my favorite salads ever! This chopped salad recipe is a huge hit at my house, all six of us love it, and there are never any leftovers. One of my daughters isn’t a big vegetable eater, and she begs me to make this salad for dinner.
When we eat this salad sometimes I’ll make a lasagna to go along with the salad, but the salad is substantial enough to be eaten alone.
This recipe makes a lot of salad! If you are feeding a small family, I recommend storing the salad ingredients separately from the dressing and then tossing everything together with tongs right before you eat it so the greens stay crispy.
Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette Storage
If you are making this chopped salad ahead of time or for a work lunch, toss it right before eating it. If you toss it ahead of time the dressing will wilt the lettuce.
This is how I like to cut romaine lettuce for salads. Remember, you want the pieces to be bite-sized. For a long time, I didn’t really care for salad, but chopping up the lettuce made all the difference, now I can’t get enough of salad!
Chopped Salad with Bacon in a Cilantro Lime Dressing
- 3 heads of romaine lettuce I buy them in a prepackaged bag
- 1 can of corn - drained
- 1 basket of cherry tomatoes - tomatoes cut in half
- 1 container feta cheese 4 or 6 ounces
- 8 slices bacon - cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 red or white onion - thinly sliced
- 2 or 3 avocados
- Cut up the lettuce, place in a big bowl, and toss in the feta cheese. If you think you'll have leftovers, then keep all the other salad ingredients separate, it'll store fresher this way. If you are feeding a bunch of people, go ahead and toss everything together.
- Prepare the dressing.
- In a large bowl put an individual serving of lettuce/feta mix, add some corn, tomatoes, bacon, and onion slices. You could also add in some chopped avocado now, or you could just top the salad with avocado. Add two or three tablespoons of the dressing and toss with tongs. Transfer to a serving plate.
Sometimes I’ll let my kids assemble their own salads, but when I do this, I do have to play the bacon police.
Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
- 3 cloves garlic - peeled
- 2 bunches cilantro - big stems removed
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar substitute
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Blend all the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Optional chopped salad with cilantro lime dressing add-ins
- Broken up tortilla chips
- Canned drained & rinsed black beans
- Sliced radishes
- Chopped bell peppers
- Artichoke hearts
- Drained garbanzo beans
- Chopped hard-boiled eggs
- Sliced black olives
- Green or black olives
- Cooked diced leftover meats
- Marinated grilled chicken – roughly chopped
Copy Cat Chopped Salad Cheesecake Factory Mexican Tortilla Salad
- This Lime Cilantro Dressing Recipe
- Chopped Romain
- Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts – Chopped
- Broken Tortilla Chips
- Black Beans
- Canned Corn – Drained
- Avocado – Sliced
Mix individual salad portions into a large bowl. Add a few tablespoons of the Cilantro Lime Dressing and toss to coat.
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