This easy version of Italian Chopped Salad combines garbanzo beans, salami, mozzarella, tomatoes and romaine lettuce. Serve it alongside some crusty bread, and you’ve got a nutritious, satisfying meal.

Chopped Italian salad with crusty bread

When I lived in Los Angeles many years ago, I was introduced to a salad that changed my life: The Italian Chopped Salad.

It was a staple lunch order for the bigwig execs in the entertainment industry (the most famous version was from La Scala restaurant in Beverly Hills).

I was not a bigwig exec, but I worked for some, so I got the inside scoop on the “it” salad of Hollywood.

My personal favorite Italian chopped salad was from a little Italian spot called the Pasta Factory in Marina del Rey, just down the street from my apartment. Sadly, neither my apartment nor the Pasta Factory exist anymore, but the chopped salad lives on in my memory and in my kitchen.

The perfect thing about this salad is that it’s got an amazing combination of textures and flavors, and it’s hearty enough to count as a full meal (especially if you serve it alongside some warm crusty bread).

Our favorite restaurant served it with piping hot bread and a dish of super garlicky olive oil for dipping.

Italian chopped salad topped with black pepper

You only need 6 ingredients to make this salad.

Italian Chopped Salad Ingredients

  • chopped romaine
  • garbanzo beans
  • shredded mozzarella
  • diced salami
  • chopped tomatoes
  • Italian dressing*

To keep things as easy as possible, I use store bought dressing for my salad. Look for a thicker/creamy-ish Italian dressing, as it helps to bind the ingredients. (My personal favorite to use in this salad is the store bought Olive Garden dressing. Shhhhhh…)

Of course, making your own dressing is a fantastic option as well.

Italian chopped salad ingredients combined in a mixing bowl.

Just combine everything in a bowl and you’re good to go! Top with some freshly ground black pepper for some added zest.

Servings: 2

Easy Italian Chopped Salad

This simple salad only has 6 ingredients. It's fresh, delicious and satisfying.


  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/3 cup diced salami
  • 1/2 cup salt free garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 tbsp Italian salad dressing
  • black pepper, (optional)


  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and serve, topping with freshly cracked black pepper.


My favorite salami to use is the hard salami that comes from the deli. I order 1/4 lb of it, and ask for it to be cut thick (about 1/2 per slice). Then I dice it into cubes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 244kcal (12%)Carbohydrates 11g (4%)Protein 13g (26%)Fat 17g (26%)Saturated Fat 6g (38%)Cholesterol 37mg (12%)Sodium 860mg (37%)Potassium 341mg (10%)Fiber 3g (13%)Sugar 3g (3%)Vitamin A 4541IU (91%)Vitamin C 6mg (7%)Calcium 171mg (17%)Iron 1mg (6%)
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