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Portillo’s Chopped Salad

This is the Portillo’s Chopped Salad that everyone always raves over and must be at every party or dinner. It’s very close to the original and, dare I say, even better!

This is the salad that everyone always raves over and must be at every party or dinner! Portillo's Chopped Salad is a copycat but this recipe is even better IMO!

What’s in Portillo’s Chopped Salad?

Crispy bacon, creamy gorgonzola, sweet tomatoes, ditalini pasta and, oh yeah, some greens are in there, too. Welcome to Portillo’s Chopped Salad (my copycat version).

I love my greens, don’t get me wrong. And although there are exceptions, I typically enjoy my salads with more of the toppings and less of the greens. Or an equal match, as is the case with this copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad. There’s plenty of romaine lettuce and sliced radicchio in this chopped salad and it’s the perfect amount to balance out all that bacon, cheese and pasta.

But it’s the dressing here that really brings all the flavors together. This is my go-to salad dressing as it’s slightly sweet but still tangy with a garlic punch. And we all know how well balsamic goes with bacon and blue cheese. Even when it’s not in a salad it’s a great combination.

How many calories are in Portillo’s Chopped Salad with dressing?

Based on six servings, this Portillo’s Chopped Salad has 340 calories, 21 grams of protein and 14 net carbs. Not bad for such a delicious, tasty salad!

You could add some of your other favorite toppings to this chopped salad to switch things up, too: fresh corn in the summertime, diced red bell peppers or even some diced poblanos. Another cheese would work, too, but I definitely prefer the gorgonzola or blue. Add some diced, cooked chicken and it will make a great main dish. And always lots of freshly ground pepper!

This is the salad that everyone always raves over and must be at every party or dinner! Portillo's Chopped Salad is a copycat but this recipe is even better IMO!

I usually just give this Portillo’s Chopped Salad a quick toss then serve the dressing on the side. It makes a lot so I want to be sure the leftovers will still be crisp (IF there are any; you’ll be surprised how quickly this will be gone). This is my 11-year-old’s favorite salad – she begs me to make it all the time – and it’s sure to be yours, too!

Portillo’s Chopped Salad

Portillo’s Chopped Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is the Portillo's Chopped Salad that everyone always raves over and must be at every party or dinner. It's very close to the original and, dare I say, even better!

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1/2 extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t sugar
  • large pinch each of dried oregano and kosher salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 2 cups ditalini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped raddichio
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until they're emulsified (or use a blender). Set aside.
  2. Place the salad ingredients in a serving bowl. Serve with the dressing on the side.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 997mgCarbohydrates: 16gNet Carbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Krissy Silver

Monday 29th of July 2019

I just love this Salad, I think I could eat it every week and never get tired of it. It has been a crowd pleaser at my party’s

Kristy

Tuesday 13th of August 2019

I'm so glad! It's one of my favorites.

Patrice

Friday 15th of April 2016

would love to taste these recipes.

Kristen

Thursday 4th of February 2016

Nothing beats a good chopped salad and this one ranks up there! Thanks for this yummy recipe Kristy!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 8th of February 2016

Thanks, Kristen!

heather

Thursday 10th of December 2015

I LOVE a great chopped salad, even in the winter salads are one of me favorite meals, especially with bacon and blue cheese...YUM!!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

YES!! Thanks, heather :)

Kathryn | FoodieGirlChicago

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Love it! I have not had this salad from Portillo's in a while but it is one of my favorites. Thanks for recreating!!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

My pleasure!

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