This is another one of my Christmas salads, yes I really am that exciting that I have things in my life such as ‘Christmas Salads’. Totally.
Now I am not sure as to how essentially festive this is, but for me it has become so, and for a few reasons.
Firstly, I like it with the leftover meats one has about one’s person at Christmas, secondly I first came across it around Christmas time and thirdly when all else around you is in Christmas Chaos, this humble little baby is super easy but seems like it isn’t and I for one need that in my life at any time of the year, let alone Silly Season.
So, the first time I tried this I had it in a diner in the States, we had but one fat and lovely baby with us and life was pretty sweet…after a few weeks in the good ole U S of A we sat down for breakfast in one of those lovely diners that I wish wish wish were at the end of my road right now, and had become accustomed to rather strange things such as grits and how we liked our eggs and did we want bacon with our pancakes?
At this particular restaurant, which I may hasten to add, was packed to the rafters, alongside us was a family with kiddos about the same age as ours are now…and loving a little people watch I listened nosily as they ordered….and there was mention of a salad, which at that stage (before I came to Australia where one is quite often served salad with breakfast) I thought to be most odd.
I believed that what they had asked for was a ‘chopped up salad’ – not only did I think it was strange to have that with breakfast but also I wondered what the alternative to chopped was and how exactly does one chop a salad?
But being a girl who likes to live on the edge, I decided I would try this salad that was chopped up and so when the waitress came over, alongside my pancakes, bacon, whipped butter, eggs and maple syrup I asked too for this salad..
“You wanna what?”
“A chopped-up salad”
Big old shaking of head and calling over of other waitresses and asking me to repeat this odd request. After much repetition in my strange accent we finally got somewhere…
She means a ‘charrrp salad’ said another one.
And there then continued to be a slew of questions….how many ingredients can one have in a Chop Salad? I tell you from what I know now, that would be a lot.
So since then I have tried all different sorts of ways with this little salad and really anything goes, sometimes even if I only have a couple of the ingredients chopping it all up and adding the dressing just makes it tasty, tangy and good to go.
I have seen lots and lots of different recipes for this, for making it into more of a main course by adding meat or cheese (and I have another recipe for one of those) but this one is just the simple, throw-it-together-and-think-of-England version.
Apart from all the other stuff though that I usually say when I blog a recipe – that this uses real girl ingredients, is easy to do etc etc this one leads the way because it’s like heaps of goodness in one quick hit and I love it when my kiddos wolf this down – when I serve this complete with white ruffle apron, I smile smugly to myself knowing I fulfilled the part of motherhood entitled Vitamins
Easy Chop Salad Recipe
1/2 red onion
3 sticks celery
1 red pepper
fresh mixed herbs (parsley, chives, mint)
1 Spring onion
8 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp mustard
3tbsp white wine vinegar
salt & pepper
1. chop up all ingredients & add to bowl
2. mix oil, vinegar & mustard
3. dress chopped ingredients with oil/vinegar mix & season
**Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe notes – experiment with different ingredients, I like radish, lettuce, beans etc, anything goes. This isn’t a salad to make anything much more than a half hour to 45 minutes before you want to eat it if you like everything super crisp – we don’t really mind tho if it’s not super crisp and the dressing soaks in quite nicely ** mustard is English, Dijon or whatever you like, I like a tang so go with English
I hope you like it! I must say the best thing about it is that it uses ingredients that are super simple everyday and I need that in a recipe, plus these are often the things that lurk around in the bottom of the fridge waiting for some chopping and a new life.
I will see you lovelies very soon, I have a leetle bit of Christmas crafting to show you.
Oh and on the new phone? Guess who waited in all day for it and it didn’t show up. Not impressed