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Easy Chop Salad

Tue 4th, Dec, 2012

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This is another one of my Christmas salads, yes I really am that exciting that I have things in my life such as ‘Christmas Salads’.  Totally.

Now I am not sure as to how essentially festive this is, but for me it has become so, and for a few reasons.

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Firstly, I like it with the leftover meats one has about one’s person at Christmas, secondly I first came across it around Christmas time and thirdly when all else around you is in Christmas Chaos, this humble little baby is super easy but seems like it isn’t and I for one need that in my life at any time of the year, let alone Silly Season.

So, the first time I tried this I had it in a diner in the States, we had but one fat and lovely baby with us and life was pretty sweet…after a few weeks in the good ole U S of A we sat down for breakfast in one of those lovely diners that I wish wish wish were at the end of my road right now, and had become accustomed to rather strange things such as grits and how we liked our eggs and did we want bacon with our pancakes?

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At this particular restaurant, which I may hasten to add, was packed to the rafters, alongside us was a family with kiddos about the same age as ours are now…and loving a little people watch I listened nosily as they ordered….and there was mention of a salad, which at that stage (before I came to Australia where one is quite often served salad with breakfast) I thought to be most odd.

I believed that what they had asked for was a ‘chopped up salad’ – not only did I think it was strange to have that with breakfast but also I wondered what the alternative to chopped was and how exactly does one chop a salad?

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But being a girl who likes to live on the edge, I decided I would try this salad that was chopped up and so when the waitress came over, alongside my pancakes, bacon, whipped butter, eggs and maple syrup I asked too for this salad..

“You wanna what?”

“A chopped-up salad”

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Big old shaking of head and calling over of other waitresses and asking me to repeat this odd request.  After much repetition in my strange accent we finally got somewhere…

She means a ‘charrrp salad’ said another one.

“Ahah!”

And there then continued to be a slew of questions….how many ingredients can one have in a Chop Salad?  I tell you from what I know now, that would be a lot.

So since then I have tried all different sorts of ways with this little salad and really anything goes, sometimes even if I only have a couple of the ingredients chopping it all up and adding the dressing just makes it tasty, tangy and good to go.

I have seen lots and lots of different recipes for this, for making it into more of a main course by adding meat or cheese (and I have another recipe for one of those) but this one is just the simple, throw-it-together-and-think-of-England version.

 

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Apart from all the other stuff though that I usually say when I blog a recipe – that this uses real girl ingredients, is easy to do etc etc this one leads the way because it’s like heaps of goodness in one quick hit and I love it when my kiddos wolf this down – when I serve this complete with white ruffle apron, I smile smugly to myself knowing I fulfilled the part of motherhood entitled Vitamins Winking smile

 

Easy Chop Salad Recipe

1 cucumber

1/2 red onion

2 carrots

3 sticks celery

1 red pepper

fresh mixed herbs (parsley, chives, mint)

1 Spring onion

3 tomatoes

8 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp mustard

3tbsp white wine vinegar

salt & pepper

 

1. chop up all ingredients & add to bowl

2. mix oil, vinegar & mustard

3. dress chopped ingredients with oil/vinegar mix & season

**Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe notes – experiment with different ingredients, I like radish, lettuce, beans etc, anything goes.  This isn’t a salad to make anything much more than a half hour to 45 minutes before you want to eat it if you like everything super crisp – we don’t really mind tho if it’s not super crisp and the dressing soaks in quite nicely ** mustard is English, Dijon or whatever you like, I like a tang so go with English

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I hope you like it!  I must say the best thing about it is that it uses ingredients that are super simple everyday and I need that in a recipe, plus these are often the things that lurk around in the bottom of the fridge waiting for some chopping and a new life.

I will see you lovelies very soon, I have a leetle bit of Christmas crafting to show you.

Oh and on the new phone?  Guess who waited in all day for it and it didn’t show up.  Not impressed Winking smile

Sarah

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15 Responses to “Easy Chop Salad”

  1. Shawna says:

    Wow! I bought the cutest small glasses for individual bites. These would be perfect for our holiday gatherings. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Emma says:

    This salad in all it’s variations is an absolute lifesaver hey?! And I agree on the old smugness! I (pretend) to use the salad bits the small people like and then sneak in another bit they don’t yet like. Funnily enough they wolf the whole lot down ;) Hope your phone appears today for you!

  3. Love this Sarah! Now I must go out and hunt down some gorgeous little glasses to pop the salad in I believe…thanks as always for the real-girl-oh-look-I-actually-have-all-that-in-the-pantry recipe…xx

  4. alison says:

    Wow, too easy. Presentation really matters, doesn’t it?

    Have you ever tried watermelon and onion salad? Totally weird but it works. It’s just watermelon pieces with thinly sliced onion (I’ve only seen white used, but red would be worth trying) lightly scattered over the top. It’s a conversation starter.

    alison

  5. tabby says:

    Sounds especially yummy this morning! Love the idea of placing in glasses for serving too!!
    Love your blog Sarah, can’t get enough. :o)

    Tabby

    • sarah says:

      too kind Tabby…

      yeah the glasses thing is good for entertaining – I have done this before where I stacked them on a tray in plastic (nice plastic) cups for an outside event… x

  6. Angie says:

    I’ll have to go back and read the rest of the post, because for now, I was just drooling over the photos.
    Nice. Very nice work on the pics, Sarah!

    -Ang

  7. Christine says:

    I would never of thought to put a salad in glasses ,that is such a good idea, I also will need to get some Christmas glasses for the holidays
    Thanks for sharing

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  9. Robynne says:

    Sarah, I love your easy chop salad….of course salads are a long way from my mind at the moment…I’ve just stuffed in half a dozen piggies in blankies, along with some other delicacies from the M&S Xmas party food range…as much as I enjoy stuffing my face with comfort food at this time of the year in England…I am looking forward to Xmas in Oz again…eventually…when we move home…cause even though I indulge at Xmas in Oz…at least I have Jan/Feb to look forward to with lots of healthy salads and barbies…the English comfort food is not a good long term option at my age…..Robx

    • sarah says:

      oh I love the food you will be eating at this time of year….we still have a similar dinner with an Aussie flavour now lol xx

      errrm yes totally agree with you on the January and healthy foods thing, a lot easier here! x

  10. merilyn says:

    Love your salad in a glass Sarah … great idea, they look special and it tastes better out of a small tumbler for some reason. … a winner again!
    lol m :)

  11. sarah says:

    This is great! Just a quick question, how many servings/glasses do you get out of the recipe? Thanks, love the blog! :)