Italian Chopped Salad with Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Italian Chopped Salad with Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

If you’re looking for that perfect summer salad than look no further with this Italian chopped salad served up with crispy roasted chickpeas. Served up with mozzarella, salami, pepperoncinis, carrots, pepperoni, cucumber, red onion and tomato.

It’s the perfect main course mid-week family dinner that you can throw together in minutes.

what’s inside an italian chopped salad
This Italian chopped salad is full of so many yummy things!

Here’s everything that you are going to serve up.

Mozzarella balls – these are precut balls of mozzarella cheese, alternatively if you can’t find these you can cut up a hunk of mozzarella cheese in to bite sized pieces
Genoa salami – an Italian chop staple
Pepperoncinis – sweet Italian peppers, they are mild in flavor with a sweet tang
Carrot – shredded carrot is a great added vegetable
Pepperoni – another classic Italian meat to use
Romaine – you’ll want to use a crispy crunchy lettuce that can hold up to all the salads toppings
Spring mix lettuce – a good base salad to use, there’s a variety of different lettuce in it
Cherry tomatoes – any color you like, I just love the yellow ones they are so pretty
Red onion – for a bit of bite and crunch
Cucumbers – cool and refreshing, they are great added vegetable to this salad
Crispy roasted chickpeas – tossed in olive oil and Italian seasoning then roasted in the oven until the outside gets crispy
italian chopped salad with roasted chickpeas in a white bowl
roasting chickpeas
Roasting chickpeas is so simple!

All you need is a can of garbanzo beans, olive oil and some dried Italian seasoning and salt.

You’ll want to drain out all of the liquid of the chickpeas first, then toss them in the olive oil, seasoning and salt.

Then you’ll roast them on a sheet pan in the oven at 450 degrees for just about 10-15 minutes and you’ll see how crispy the outside gets. They are so yummy!

what are chickpeas?
Chickpeas are garbanzo beans. They are exactly the same thing.

Chickpeas are from the legume family. They are super healthy and high in protein. They are a wonderful vegetarian option.

You could completely sub out the salami and pepperoni for extra chickpeas if you want to make the salad vegetarian.

how much salad does this make
This Italian chopped salad serves a family of 4 easily. However if you want to make it for a bigger crowd you can easily double it, or just eyeball how much you’ll need to fill the bowl.

A little bit extra here and there will increase your salad size.

And if your family really loves some of the ingredients, use extra! If they don’t like, let’s say red onions, you could just leave them out entirely.

Salad recipes are always a guideline because it’s so easy to substitute without messing up the whole recipe.

hand holding a bowl of italian chopped salad

more family friendly main course salads
If you are looking for more main course salad recipes this is a great place to start!

Here are some of my favorite family friendly main course salad recipes.

Steak and Vegetable Salad With Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette – this salad is really similar to a nicoise salad, it has a lot of the same ingredients but is much more family friendly
Chimichurri Steak and Vegetable Salad – filled with tender cuts of steak, crispy potatoes, grilled asparagus and red onion, corn and a homemade chimichurri dressing
Thai Peanut Chicken Noodle Salad – juicy chicken, rice noodles, shredded carrots, bell peppers, broccoli florets, green onion, cabbage, peanuts and the yummiest homemade creamy peanut sauce
Juicy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Salad – Juicy chicken breast covered in buffalo sauce and served with tomatoes, avocado, carrots, celery and crunchy romaine
Easy and Healthy Asian Chicken Salad – A super easy asian chicken salad recipe filled with carrots, cabbage, pineapple, cucumber, green onion, romaine, edamame, peanuts and tender chicken

italian chopped salad with crispy roasted chickpeas

If you’re looking for that perfect summer salad than look no further with this Italian chopped salad served up with crispy roasted chickpeas. Served up with mozzarella, salami, pepperoncinis, carrots, pepperoni, cucumber, red onion and tomato.

INGREDIENTS
1 can garbanzo beans, chickpeas
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning
salt, pinch of
romaine lettuce, chopped
spring mix salad
1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
½ c sliced pepperoncinis
1 cucumber, peeled and quartered chopped
8 oz mozzarella balls
2 c carrots, matchsticks or shredded
1 c pepperoni, sliced
1 c salami, sliced
½ c red onion, sliced
italian dressing, bottled

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 450
Drain the garbanzo beans and add them to a bowl
To the bowl add the olive oil, italian herb seasoning and a pinch or two of salt tossing it together
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the chickpeas
Roast for 10-15 minutes until crispy, set aside
Make sure to wash all of your produce
Grab a large bowl and add the spring mix salad to the very bottom
In sections add the pepperoni, pepperoncinis, shredded carrots, pepperoni, romaine, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and mozzarella
To the very middle add the roasted chickpeas
Serve in to individual bowls, then top with italian dressing, so the large salad doesn’t get soggy if you don’t eat all of it