How you doin’? It has been very sad to see Beverly Hills closed up tighter than a drum, but things are starting to open up once again. One bright spot has been that you could still get the “legendary” Italian Chopped Salad from La Scala.
Back in the 50s, Chef Jean Leon served a popular chopped salad at La Scala Boutique in Beverly Hills. The classic dish combined two kinds of lettuce, salami, chickpeas, and cheese.
Over the years, the salad has been nibbled on by movie stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as JFK. La Scala still features the original version. The secret ingredient in the vinaigrette dressing is the dry mustard. The original salad was hard to eat so the salad was chopped into small bite-size pieces. So… ready, set, pull out your mezzaluna and get to rockin’ and choppin’.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
For the secret chopped salad dressing
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup light olive oil
For the salad mix
1 cup iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup romaine lettuce
4 tablespoons Italian salami, chopped
4 tablespoons cooked chicken, chopped
4 tablespoons garbanzo beans, chopped
4 tablespoons jicama, small dice
2 tablespoons carrot, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup of provolone, chopped
1/4 to 1/3 cup Chopped Salad dressing
For the toppings
1 tablespoon scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon black olives, chopped
2 tablespoons tomatoes, chopped
To make the salad dressing
ChefSecret: By no means do you have to abide by these salad mixin’s suggestions. You can use most any leftover in the refrigerator to add to a great salad, i.e. bacon, fried onion strings, croutons, etc., and that goes for the salad dressing as well. So, put on your Italian chef’s coat and knock yourself out—create a masterpiece.
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