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Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegetarian

Nancy's chopped salad

Nancy's chopped salad
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

As outdoor herb gardens perk up with spring, resist the temptation to rush out to harvest the new leaves. Let your garden grow. Instead, take a moment to revisit cooking with dried herbs. Contrary to conventional wisdom, fresh isn't always ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 6

Oregano dressing

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Step 1Roughly chop the garlic and then add the oregano, salt and pepper. Chop the mixture together and use the side of a knife or a mortar and pestle to make a grainy herb paste.

Step 2Transfer the paste to a large salad bowl, and add the lemon juice and vinegar. Mix with a fork, allowing the salt to dissolve, then add the oil and whisk with a fork until well combined. The dressing should be thick with garlic and oregano.

Salad and assembly

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced into fine rings
  • 1/2 pound provolone, sliced 1/4 -inch thick then cut into 1/2 -inch ribbons
  • 1/2 pound salami, peeled, sliced 1/4 -inch thick then cut into 1/2 -inch ribbons
  • 4 medium or 8 small pickled pepperoncini, sliced into rings
  • 3/4 pound cherry tomatoes
  • Sea salt
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cored, and cut in ribbons 1/4 - to 1/2 -inch wide
  • 1 head radicchio, cored and cut in ribbons 1/4 - to 1/2 -inch wide
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano for garnish (optional, preferably Sicilian or Turkish)

Step 1Gently fold the chickpeas, red onion, provolone, salami, pepperoncini (including seeds and juice) into the dressing, one at a time. Halve the tomatoes lengthwise and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Set aside until ready to serve.

Step 2When ready to serve, gently add the tomatoes, lettuce and radicchio to the salad bowl, along with a couple of generous pinches of oregano, and toss to combine with the dressing. Serve immediately.


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