chopped salad recipe

When I was in high school, my mom and I had lunch at a Tupelo, Mississippi restaurant that had probably the best salad I’d ever eaten in my life at that time.  It was sweet, tangy, crunchy, rich – and extra extra delicious.

We wrote down the ingredients we tasted and started making it at home, calling it the “Tupelo salad.”  I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant!

Since then, when I’m coming home I usually request it, so I figured no better time than this trip home  to photograph it and share the recipe online!  Also, this will help me remember the recipe when I’m trying to make it in California.  Thank you internet.

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Ingredients for Salad:

mixed greens

chopped tomatoes


chopped red onion

blue cheese (you could also use gorgonzola)

boiled eggs


You can really use any greens for your base.  You could chop romaine, add avocado, fresh strawberries, etc., and make it a really hearty chopped salad – YUM.

The original recipe is with grilled or shredded chicken, so if you want to add that as well – it’s delicious.

Ingredients for Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

3 TB dijon mustard

3 TB honey

1/4 tsp chopped garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

salt + pepper to taste

Mom uses her immersion blender for the dressing and at home I’ve put all the ingredients in a blender.  Either way works!

And there you have it. One of my absolute favorite salads that never gets old.  It’s always a goodie!

Thank you so much for reading – and mom has suggested us sharing how to make cheese straws while I’m home. Let me know if you would be interested in that! XO –

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12 thoughts on “Best Chopped Salad Recipe

  1. Add apples and swap craisins for dried cherries and you’ve got a Michigan Salad. It’s also my favorite salad. So freakin’ good 🙂

  2. Hello Kathleen, I have so enjoyed your posts on your trip home, brought back fun memories we lived through will working together. Can’t wait to try this salad

  3. Yum! I’m from Tupelo, so I’m gonna have to track down what restaurant this is from next time I’m there

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been craving a good chopped salad lately. I haven’t had cheese straws in forever and would love to try and make some.

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