This Chopped Salad Recipe is a light, yet delicious side dish. It’s quick to chop up and compliments so many main course meals. The romaine with bacon bits and crispy wontons trips tossed in our avocado dressing makes for the best salad.

Close up of mixed chopped salad.

Chopped Salad Recipe

This chopped salad is a twist on Bravo’s Insalata Della Casa. It is the perfect side with a mix of salty bacon, crisp lettuce, and juicy tomatoes, mixed in our creamy dressing and topped with the secret ingredient- crunchy, fried wonton strips! It’s unbelievably delicious, even stubborn kids will want to eat their veggies in this salad.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A healthy side. A fresh salad can lighten even a dense meal and is healthy yet flavorful.
  • Can be prepared in advance. You can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store them in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Perfect for a crowd. The recipe can easily be upscaled to serve as a side for a family gathering or holiday party.
  • Light for summer. The salad is made with fresh ingredients, readily available during the summer months.
Ingredients for chopped salad recipe.

Chopped Salad Ingredients

The ingredients for this chopped salad recipe are crisp and fresh, a perfect pairing for a refreshing summer salad!

  • Bacon- adds savory flavor and makes the salad more filling.
  • Greens- use a combination of romaine and lettuce.
  • Veggies- chopped cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are traditionally found in this salad.
  • Wonton strips- fried wonton strips are the secret ingredient to the crunchy finish!
  • Parmesan- the cheese adds tangy flavor to the salad.
  • Avocado dressing- this homemade avocado ranch dressing consists of avocado, milk, sour cream, and mayo as the base. It’s seasoned with garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs!

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

How to Make Chopped Salad

Like most salads, this one is easy to chop and bring together, following these instructions.

  • Make the dressing: In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients and pulse together until smooth.
  • Saute bacon: Chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces. Saute in a skillet over medium heat until well cooked. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate, and allow the excess grease to drip off. Or, use our air fryer bacon method.
  • Prep vegetables: Chop the iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce. Halve the grape tomatoes and slice the cucumbers.
  • Combine salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, fried wonton strips, and cheese.
  • Add dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends! 
Chopped salad recipe with avocado ranch sauce drizzled on top.

Substitutions and Variations

You can switch up the recipe based on the salad ingredients you have in your fridge.

  • Different base: You can use baby spinach, kale, or just iceberg alone if you prefer.
  • Store-bought dressing: For an even quicker prep time, substitute homemade dressing with store-bought avocado dressing.
  • Different vegetables: Add chopped bell peppers, red onions, avocado chunks, or even corn kernels!
  • Add more protein: If you’re planning to serve this as a stand-alone dish for lunch, you may choose to add additional protein such as grilled chicken to taste. Or, add chickpeas for a vegetarian option.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the chopped Italian salad as a side, complimenting your favorite meals!

Chopped salad recipe with avocado ranch sauce drizzled on top.

REcipe FAQs

Can I make the salad in advance?

You may pre-chop the vegetables and combine them in a bowl, and make the dressing. Store the salad and the dressing separately in the fridge. Combine just before serving to prevent a soggy salad.

Can I use a different dressing?

Yes, you can whisk together a classic homemade Ranch, a vinaigrette, or an olive oil-based Italian dressing to use instead of the avocado dressing.

Do I have to add bacon to the salad?

You can make the salad vegetarian by leaving out the bacon. Or, make it vegan by leaving out the cheese and using a vegan dressing of your choice.

What are fried wonton strips?

Fried wonton strips are made out of sliced wonton wrappers that are fried in oil until crispy. You can make your own, or buy pre-made ones at an Asian market or on Amazon.

Can I use different cheese?

Shredded provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, or goat cheese can be used as a substitute for parmesan if you prefer.

Storing Leftovers

  • Storage. For best results, store the undressed salad and the salad dressing separately in the fridge. If the salad has been mixed together with the dressing, store leftovers in the fridge for 1-2 days in an airtight container. We recommend enjoying the salad fresh!
  • Freeze. We do not recommend freezing salad, as fresh vegetables will not retain their freshness after being thawed. The dressing may separate if frozen.
Choppped salad in serving plate with a sided napkin for decor.

More Salad Recipes

Salads are a classic side dish and are easy to toss together. Also, try these salad recipes:

Chopped Salad Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
Chopped salad is a refreshing side dish that will lighten up a meal with a satisfying crunch and a mouthwatering dressing. It comes together in no time!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 8 oz bacon cooked
  • 1 small heart romaine chopped
  • ½ head small lettuce chopped
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 2 mini cucumbers sliced
  • 2 cups fried wonton strips
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 portion avocado dressing

avocado dressing-

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh dill chopped


  • Make one portion of the Avocado Dressing by combining all the ingredients in a food processor.
  • Cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces and saute over medium-high heat until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a bowl lined with a paper towel to remove excess fat.
  • Chop the romaine and lettuce, halve the tomatoes or, leave them whole if you prefer, and slice the cucumbers.
  • In a bowl, add the lettuce, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, fried wonton strips, cheese and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends.


Substitute dressing: In a time crunch, use a store-bought dressing. Or, substitute the dressing for a homemade ranch or homemade Italian dressing.
Add protein: If you’re serving this salad for lunch, add sliced or shredded chicken for a more complete, filling meal.
Prep in advance: Prepare the vegetables, bacon, and wonton strips in advance, store the dressing separately, and mix just before serving.


1638kcal Calories36g Carbs41g Protein148g Fat45g Saturated Fat40g Polyunsaturated Fat52g Monounsaturated Fat0.4g Trans Fat222mg Cholesterol3704mg Sodium2074mg Potassium6g Fiber23g Sugar2256IU Vitamin A78mg Vitamin C341mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chopped Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1638 Calories from Fat 1332
% Daily Value*
Fat 148g228%
Saturated Fat 45g281%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 40g
Monounsaturated Fat 52g
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 3704mg161%
Potassium 2074mg59%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 2256IU45%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 341mg34%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)