Vegan Italian Chopped Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette
Flavor-packed Italian-style Chopped Salad with a zesty oil-free dressing! Plus bold flavors & a garbanzo bean boost.
- 1 large head romaine
- 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
- 1 cup jarred artichoke hearts (about 8 hearts)
- 1 cup roasted red pepper (about 2 large peppers)
- 1 medium carrot
- 1/2 small red onion
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
- Other additions: tomatoes, cucumber, vegan provolone, pepperoncini
For the Zesty Italian Vinaigrette:
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable broth or water
- 1-2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/8 tsp. salt
Make the dressing: in a bowl combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Add more salt, or pepper if desired. Set aside.
Chop romaine and finely dice onion. Add to a large bowl.
Remove excess liquid from artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, olives, and chop. Add to bowl.
Shred or shave carrot. Rinse and drain beans. Add both to bowl.
Whisk dressing again and pour desired amount over salad (we usually use the entire dressing). Toss well to combine. *However if not serving immediately, see suggestions below.
Can serve 8 as a small side.
After dressing is mixed with entire salad, it’s best eaten within a day. (Otherwise it gets soggy.)
If you’re not sure if you’ll eat it all within a day, I suggest keeping salad and dressing separate and pour desired amount of dressing on a serving-by-serving basis.
To prepare ahead of time, simply store salad and dressing separately (each covered in the fridge) and combine before serving. If you have a little leftover dressing, it stores great covered in the fridge!
Since the dressing is oil-free, it runs a bit thinner. If you prefer a thicker dressing, feel free to add chia seeds or arrowroot powder to slightly thicken.
Once the dressing is added to the salad, the flavors should really pop. If it’s a little dull, simply add a touch of salt.
Calories: 203 kcalCarbohydrates: 23 gProtein: 7 gFat: 10 gSaturated Fat: 1 gPotassium: 307 mgFiber: 8 gSugar: 2 gVitamin A: 3922 IUVitamin C: 29 mgCalcium: 102 mgIron: 3 mg