Mediterranean chopped salad is a crunchy, flavorful salad with chick peas, olives and feta cheese - perfect for a vegetarian and gluten-free lunch or light dinner!
(Updated with a new recipe video - check it out!)
I did a live cooking demonstration this past weekend for a health + fitness expo here in Charlotte. It was a lot of fun!
I was super nervous at first -- and I think it showed 😬 -- but I warmed up as I went along and the crowd was really nice and supportive.
And they LOVED the healthy snacks I made. (I did my sweet potato toast, no-bake chocolate chip cookie balls and creamy peanut butter yogurt dip.)
And after last week's craziness, I've got a week of lots of fun get togethers and play dates to look forward to, which is oh so welcome! 💕
Now, a question for you: Have you ever done a total 180 on a food? Something you thought you disliked and you came to really love it?
My husband and I both made that change of heart with olives.
I’ve always loved olive oil, I occasionally had tapenade and thought it was pretty good, then my mother-in-law introduced me to Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken and I realized I liked olives in that.
Not long after that, my husband got a mix of specialty olives from a coworker whose husband was Greek and we found a few of those that we really loved.
And now we’re all about the olives! My go-to grocery store has a very small olive bar selection and I’ll sometimes bring some home for us to snack on. Total turn-around!
What has never changed though is my undying love for chopped salad. I brought you my Southwestern Chopped Salad and my Asian Chicken Chopped Salad, which are both totally addictive in their own ways.
And today I’ve got a new one for you: my Mediterranean chopped salad.
It’s got ALL the crunch from the romaine lettuce; tons of heartiness from the chick peas; big, bold flavors from the olives and peppers; cool, crisp diced cucumbers and a salty kick from the feta cheese.
You’ll be fighting to get a little bit of everything in each forkful. 👌
(And if you love these flavors like I do, check out my Mediterranean chickpea salad. So colorful and crunchy!)
Notes on Mediterranean chopped salad:
- This recipe is vegetarian as is but you could easily add some grilled chicken, pork, fish or steak on top.
- I use my homemade Italian dressing (with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard added for a tangy version) but you can substitute with your favorite store-bought Italian dressing.
- You could substitute roasted red peppers for the piccadew peppers if you prefer.
- Feel free to use your favorite kind of olive here. (I use kalamata olives.)
- I’ve used both a regular cucumber and an English hot house cucumber in this recipe before. Both are great so use whichever kind you prefer.
- You could also add chopped artichoke hearts if you love those.
I usually serve this Mediterranean chopped salad with homemade flatbread for a full and filling vegetarian meal. You could also use store-bought flatbread or naan bread or serve it with pita chips.
Or serve it by itself for a low-carb and gluten-free lunch or dinner salad.
If you love chopped salads like I do, you've gotta give this one a try!
I made a VIDEO for this recipe! Check it out!
Mediterranean chopped salad
Mediterranean chopped salad is a crunchy, flavorful salad with chick peas, olives and feta cheese!
- 8 oz. romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 15.5 oz. can chick peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium cucumber, seeds removed and diced
- ½ cup olives, pitted and chopped
- ½ cup piccadew peppers, chopped
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
- ⅓ to ½ cup Italian dressing (homemade or store-bought)
- Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to combine.
- Drizzle with vinaigrette, starting with about ⅓ cup and adding to taste.
This recipe is vegetarian as is but you could easily add some grilled chicken, pork, fish or steak on top.
I use my homemade Italian dressing (with a tablespoon of Dijon mustard added for a tangy version) but you could substitute your favorite kind.
You could substitute roasted red peppers for the piccadew peppers if you prefer.
Feel free to use your favorite kind of olive here. (I used kalamata.)
I’ve used both a regular cucumber and an English hot house cucumber. Both are great, so use whichever you prefer.
You can substitute homemade crock pot chickpeas for the can of chickpeas. You need about 1 ½ cups.
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
I am a total nut about olives, but my husband doesn't care for them. I'm hoping he makes a 180 on them!! Hearing your story gives me hope 🙂
I'll cross my fingers for you Tara 😉
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Oh CONGRATS on the cooking demo! I'm sure you totally rocked it girl and that no one but you noticed your nervousness!! So brave! I'm teeeerrified of public speaking, so I'm totally wuss out... or start crying half way through. lol. Anyways, YES I have done a complete 180 on lots of foods. Most notably brussels and asparagus. I hated those when I was little. 😉 LOVE this salad!!! Love the Mediterranean ingredients and how packed with flavor this chopped beauty is! I'm craving this for lunch today and I think I have everything to make it. Off to check out my fridge and pantry. 😉 Cheers!
I probably didn't like Brussels sprouts or asparagus much as a kid but I ADORE them now too! I guess I just had to age a bit more for the olives 😉 XO
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
LOVE Mediterranean food and chopped salads. This is totally my kind of meal! Gorgeous too!
I'm the same way Jessica so this is the total jackpot! 😊
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
Yay for you on the cooking demo! I get nervous in front of crowds too and definitely something I'm working on to get over, but sometimes it is easier said than done, but I'm sure you did an awesome job! Lots of times, it's probably more of a nervous feeling inside and others don't really see it so let's go with that 🙂 180 on foods? Totally!! I used to not like cilantro and avocado!! What?! Crazy, huh? Now I always have both in my fridge. Speaking of the olives that you didn't like, I made homemade pizza last Friday and added them on and they really came through and made the pizza. Love both black and green olives. And blue cheese stuffed olives in a martini (but that's another story, lol). Loving this salad, girl! This is right up my alley and love the suggestion of adding some protein for some extra somethin' somethin'. And the feta on there is perfect. I would eat all this myself 🙂 Yummy yummy!!
YOU didn't like cilantro or avocado?! Hard to believe... I'm still "eh" on avocado and my husband is allergic so we almost never have it but I should probably try it again. And now that I'm into olives, I definitely need to try them in a martini! 🍸 XO
I love olives! Problem I get them out before dinner and then they are almost gone. Great recipe!
Haha, we've been known to have a few (or a handful) disappear while cooking as well Pam!
I love how colorful this is!
Thanks! It's always fun to eat pretty food!
Love this healthy and yummy salad anytime!
Yes! I'm always in the mood for this!