When Paul Newman and Michel Nischan opened their Westport, Connecticut, restaurant Dressing Room, Paul's request was that the menu always include a chopped salad that you could eat with a spoon. This chopped salad recipe is full of great flavors, colors and textures, featuring celery, carrots, red pepper, apple, cucumber, greens, cabbage, goat cheese and almonds. This is great for any holiday meal: you can let it stand and it stays crisp.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2011


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper in a large salad bowl until well combined.

  • Add celery, carrots and bell pepper to the vinaigrette. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  • Add apple, cucumber, Treviso (or radicchio), arugula and cabbage to the bowl; toss to coat. Add goat cheese and almonds and toss to combine.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 up to 1 hour ahead.

Treviso is a slender variety of radicchio. Look for it with specialty salad greens in well-stocked markets.

To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

200 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 9.5g; dietary fiber 2.7g; sugars 5.6g; fat 15.6g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 14.9mg; vitamin a iu 3673.2IU; vitamin c 32.4mg; folate 36.2mcg; calcium 169.3mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 39.1mg; potassium 275.1mg; sodium 158mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

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  • 5 star values: 9
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Rating: 5 stars
A salad I can get excited about I am not the greatest at knife skills but this salad is not hard to make just a little time consuming. My dinner guests did seem to feel like it was worth the work. Because it was a dinner party I added a little extra cheese. I am not sure the nuts were necessary and I would probably sub walnuts or pecans next time I make it. Overall an excellent chopped salad without all the normal meaty and cured additions. I didn't even really miss that stuff! If you're into a chopped salad this is a solid recipe. Makes a lot so be ready to share! Pros: Great flavor Cons: Lots of chopping Read More
Rating: 5 stars
One terrific chopped salad--even the next day! We made this salad to accompany a roast chicken dinner and it got raves all around. The apple really elevated it (we used Granny Smith) and the dressing was simple without overpowering the flavors. Best of all it held up beautifully for leftovers the next day. You could use a spoon but we used chopsticks! Pros: easy to prepare great combination of textures Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Goat Chesse Answer Crumbled goat cheese is a little different. Still the same thing but comes in a circle container. It comes pre-crumbled so your hands aren't covered in soft goat cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this twice this week to take to holiday get togethers - I thought people would be hungry for veggies after Christmas. It's so delicious and everyone enjoyed it. I have pretty strong knife skills but it still took me a while but theraputic for me. I did add some extra arugula and cabbage. Napa wasn't available at store so I used pre-chopped cole saw and it worked fine. I did double the dressing and let the celery/carrot combo marinate for an hour. Make sure you cut everything really small that's part of what makes it so good (and easy for little kids to eat) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great salad for a dinner party! Overall a great salad! I am not a fan of goat cheese so I used blue cheese crumbles instead and it was tremendous. I also added some pear to bump up the fruit quotient. Served it this weekend to some friends and they loved it so much they wanted the recipe. Pros: Tasty healthy different Cons: Time consuming some ingredients difficult to acquire Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was super delicious!! Even 2 days later! We all loved it even the grandchildren! ( but then they love salads anyway!) The work was well worth it! I used feta because that's what I had on hand. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Question Hi! Stupid question alert...is crumbled goat cheese different from the soft goat cheese that we buy wrapped in plastic - kind of sausage-like? Appreciate any insight - thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect make-ahead salad for a holiday dinner. I've made this salad several times for our family's annual casual Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone adores it and I really love having the leftovers to eat the next day. It's bright and crisp and is a nice counterpoint to other heavy holiday dishes. The only reason I don't make the salad more often is that it's a lot of chopping and it makes such a large amount. But it's a fantastic thing to make for a crowd particularly if you need something you can make ahead. Pros: Delicious easy to make ahead leftovers are just as tasty Cons: All of the chopping is a bit labor-intensive Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is very fresh and the almonds give it a great crunch! Read More