A peaceful stroll through a summer garden will show you just how many fresh flavors are ready to be plated up: crunchy lettuce and romaine, bright tomatoes, tangy olives, and juicy cucumbers. These vivacious vegetables come together to form the Perfect Chopped Salad, a refreshing and refreshingly simple-to-make side. In only 15 minutes, this ideal salad beckons with its verdant colors and its topping of parmesan cheese and herbaceous Italian dressing. The Perfect Chopped Salad really is perfect; what else could you ask for from a succulent salad?
Ingredients• 1 romaine heart • 5 cups leafy lettuce • 1 large shallot • 1 English cucumber • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes • 1/2 cup ripe green olives, halved • 1/2 cup Italian dressing • 1/2 cup jarred, sliced pepperoncini • 1/4 cup parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more for serving • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
Chop the romaine heart and lettuce.
Thinly slice the shallot.
Peel and chop the cucumber.
Slice the tomatoes and olives in half.
Combine the romaine heart, lettuce, shallot, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, Italian dressing, pepperoncini, parmesan, and red pepper flakes together, tossing to ensure everything is evenly coated in the dressing.
Serve with more parmesan on top.