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Italian Chopped Salad (California Pizza Kitchen copycat, made healthier!)


close up of a plate with italian chopped salad, ringed in chopped tomatoes

Italian Chopped Salad (California Pizza Kitchen copycat, made healthier!)

Beth Bollinger of Nest Wellness
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my mom and I had lunch dates at California Pizza Kitchen just for their Italian Chopped Salad. If you've never had it, their Italian Chopped Salad is a delightful mix of fresh ingredients like crisp romaine lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and savory salami, all topped with a zesty Italian vinaigrette. I am sure the CPK version is loaded with sugar and seed oils so I had to create a healthier version for you and for me! The vibrant colors and flavors make it an excellent choice for a refreshing lunch or dinner. This versatile salad can be served as a side dish or as the main course. Switch it up by adding grilled chicken, tempeh, tofu, or shrimp in place of the turkey breast. This Italian Chopped Salad is simple yet satisfying and makes it a go-to option for those looking for a healthy and delicious meal option. With its medley of textures and flavors, this salad is sure to tantalize your taste buds!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 servings
Calories 752 kcal


Dressing Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • ½ head iceberg lettuce  chopped into ⅛-inch strips
  • ½ head romaine lettuce  chopped into ⅛-inch strips
  • 6 leaves fresh basil leaves  chopped into ⅛-inch strips (chiffonade)
  • cups turkey breast,  diced to 1/2 inch (or use chicken, tofu, tempeh or shrimp!)
  • 1 cup dry Italian salami  cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup manchego cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup chickpeas chopped
  • 1 cup ripe tomatoes,  diced to 1/2 inch
  • 1 tbsp green onions,  sliced


  • To make the dressing, add all of the dressing ingredients to a small jar and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Toss the first 7 salad ingredients together with the dressing in a large mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the salad to chilled salad plates. Surround each serving with a ring of diced tomatoes, top with green onions and enjoy!


Serving: 4gCalories: 752kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 37gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1.151mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7.386IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 388mgIron: 3mg
Keyword California Pizza Kitchen copycat recipe, chopped salad, CPK salad, italian chopped salad, mediterranean chopped salad
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