Sunday, May 31, 2015

Portillo Chopped Salad {recipe}

Ohmigoodness. This salad. It was so very yummy. We ate EVERY bite. Chris looked at me in the middle of dinner and said "This needs to go in our 2 week meal rotation." The kids devoured it. And we have talked about it a few times since.
I found the recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything's website via Pinterest. And her picture looks SO much better than mine, see?
I hadn't heard Portillo's before and I found out, funny enough, that there is a Portillo's just 20 minutes from my parent's house in So. Cal! I should have been enjoying this salad for years and I've been missing out.
The dressing is phenomenal. Seriously. I usually use less dressing than what a recipe calls for, but we used every. drop. So don't skimp on that part.

Portillo's Chopped Salad
{see original recipe at The Girl Who Ate Everything}
3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
3 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
2-1/2 cups red cabbage, chopped
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup green onions, sliced
4 oz gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used packaged bacon bits)
4 cups Ditalini pasta, cooked per package directions and cooled

Instructions:
Toss romaine, iceberg and red cabbage, tomatoes and green onion in a large bowl. Right before serving, add cooled pasta, bacon, gorgonzola and dressing and toss to coat.

Sweet Italian Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (2 cloves)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Place first 6 ingredients in a large cup. Blend with an immersion blender. Continue to blend and slowly pour in EVOO until combined.
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6 comments:

  1. This salad looks DELISH! I just hosted a shower this past weekend and needed a pasta salad recipe! Wish I would have found this last week! Can't wait to try it out.

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    1. This would have been a hit at a shower. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Gotta love a fresh salad, especially now that it's spring and summer is upon us!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe at Tuesday Talk!

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    1. And its SO very easy to throw together, especially if you cheat (like I did) and use bacon bits. =)

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  3. That sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

    Holly @ www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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