"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad


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.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings, generous 1 cup each


  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3 medium stalks celery, diced (1/4-inch)

  • 2 medium carrots, diced (1/4-inch)

  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (1/4-inch)

  • 1 medium apple, peeled and diced (1/4-inch)

  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (1/4-inch)

  • 1 cup sliced Treviso (see Tips) or radicchio

  • 1 cup sliced arugula, any tough stems removed

  • 1 cup thinly sliced napa, Savoy or other soft cabbage

  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese

  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (see Tips)


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

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

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

    Use a Spoon Chopped Salad


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 (per serving)

200 Calories
16g Fat
10g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 7g 13%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 3673IU 73%
Vitamin C 32mg 36%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 275mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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