Chopped Salad with Bell Peppers and Cucumbers

Ingredient List
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1-2 Cucumbers
A handful of Spinach
Nutritional Yeast
Salt and Pepper

Dressing:

1 part Red Wine Vinegar

2 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Juice from 1 Lemon


The hardest part about making a chopped salad is all the chopping. However, that is also the best part of making a chopped salad.  I love chopping things! Especially, cucumbers, mushrooms, and tofu because they’re soft and they make me feel like I have really good knife skills.  Truth is, I need more practice, but it doesn’t stop me from making this light, refreshing, and yummy salad.

Many years ago, my family would go to this California-Italian restaurant and they served a chopped salad that was miles high, full of threads of flaky parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, lots of crisp lettuce, and a very addictive oil-and-vinegar-based dressing.  Eat that with toasted Italian bread smothered with butter and it was the perfect lunch…dinner…oh hell, I would even that for breakfast!

This is version of a chopped salad is reminiscent of that place, but with refreshing cucumbers and bell peppers.  I also replaced the cheese with nutritional yeast, but if you’re into that parmesan cheese is perfect.  Lastly, a little bit of spinach adds more iron, texture, and beautiful green color.  Start chopping!

Grab a good kitchen knife, cutting board, and mixing bowl:

  • Start with chopping ROMAINE LETTUCE, BELL PEPPERS, CUCUMBERS, and SPINACH
  • Put these ingredients into the mixing bowl

Then make the dressing:

  • Mix RED WINE VINEGAR, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, and LEMON JUICE
  • Gently cover the dressing over the salad and toss gently with your hands to coat all the ingredients
  • Serve in a bowl and sprinkle on some NUTRITIONAL YEAST

Feel free to use any vinegar you like.  Balsamic, apple cider, rice wine, and other kinds will probably work just fine. Enjoy!

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