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Chopped Salad

Salad for dinner is a  year round once-a-week staple at our house, but I have to admit that I sometimes struggle to keep it interesting. To make salad appealing and substantial enough to be a main course, I feel like there needs to be some protein. In our case this usually comes in the form of chicken, but this chopped salad I made recently reminded me that beans, yes beans, are awesome. Creamy and filling and requiring zero preparation beyond opening a can and rinsing, they are a true gift when it comes to easy weeknight meals.

This chopped salad, with two kinds of beans, cubes of cheese, crunchy greens, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette makes an easy weeknight meal.

As textural contrasts go, this salad has it going on. Afore-mentioned creamy beans, chewy cubes of cheese, crunchy greens and crispy tortilla chips. The balsamic vinaigrette ties it all together with a nice tanginess.

This chopped salad, with two kinds of beans, cubes of cheese, crunchy greens, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette makes an easy weeknight meal.

I don’t usually turn to Bobby Flay when I’m looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal, but this chopped salad is that rare time that I do. If you’re trying to get your kids to eat salad, this might do it too, though I admit I haven’t been brave enough to try it on Jack yet!

This chopped salad, with two kinds of beans, cubes of cheese, crunchy greens, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette makes an easy weeknight meal.

This chopped salad, with two kinds of beans, cubes of cheese, crunchy greens, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette makes an easy weeknight meal.
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Chopped Salad
This chopped salad, with two kinds of beans, cubes of cheese, crunchy greens, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette makes an easy weeknight meal.
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Slowly add the oil while whisking until emulsified.
  2. Toss the rest of the ingredients with the dressing until well coated (you probably won't need it all). Plate and top with broken tortilla chips.
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