During my tenure working for one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, I was introduced to a chopped salad that changed my life.

The restaurant is LaScala.  It is an old-school Italian eatery in Beverly Hills and happens to be a favorite of many celeb types.  One of the things I like about it are the big booths — the kind you see in the movies — that wrap around you and make you feel like you’re in your own private room.

Their chopped salad is truly amazing.  And early on, I decided I would learn how to duplicate it so that I could enjoy this fresh dish at home.  The secret ingredient is the salad dressing.  The online version is here if you want to compare, but I think mine is much better (and healthier).   It makes a great, quick lunch that is filling and satisfying!  Sometimes we even have it for dinner.  It has such a wonderful mix of flavors, and has fresh produce as well as protein so it’s a very balanced meal.

Below is the recipe for both the chopped salad and the dressing.  Make it a healthy choice for your family, and enjoy!


A fast way to wash your produce is to give it a rinse in a bath of clean filtered water a 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar.   Distilled white vinegar is alkaline and bacteria and viruses cannot live in alkaline environment so a quick water and vinegar bath will eliminate any ‘hitchhikers’ your produce might have picked up along the way!

LaScala Chopped Salad

Serves 3 (with seconds and leftovers)


3 small or two large organic romaine lettuce heads, cored and chopped into 1 ” strips

1 container of sweet red baby grape tomatoes

1 cucumber, peeled in stripes and cut into quarters and then chopped into 1/2″ bites

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

10/12 slices Genoa salami (nitrate free) chopped into bite size squares

1 lb. turkey breast, sliced and chopped into bite size squares (nitrate free)

10/15 large, thin shavings of Parmesanno Regianno cheese


1/4 cup Wish Bone Italian Dressing

1/4 cup organic tomato juice

3 second squirt of flax seed oil

1/8 cup Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids

Place in a bowl and whisk together.

This post is dedicated to my friend Dawn Wallace.

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