Copycat Recipe of Portillo’s Chopped Salad

I LOVE Portillo’s Chopped Salad.

Here’s how I came up with my own copycat side salad version for a casual dinner we hosted.

Sweet Italian House Dressing*
July 7, 2006 | Chicago Sun Times | submitted by Dennis Cottini, Glenview

Ingredients and Directions can be found by clicking HERE.

*I cut the olive oil measurement in half for each batch of this salad dressing and tripled the recipe to compliment my copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad

Ingredients
4 cups cooked Ditalini pasta
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
2-1/2 cups chopped red cabbage
2 fresh tomatoes (diced)
1 cup diced green onions
1 cup chopped bacon (I used Turkey Bacon)
4 oz. gorgonzola cheese (you could add up to 8 oz. if you REALLY like gorgonzola)
Sweet Italian Dressing to taste (recipe above)

Directions
1.  Cook Ditalini pasta according to package instructions.  Cool and set aside.
2.  Put romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and red cabbage in a salad spinner to remove excess water.
3.  Combine romaine, iceberg, red cabbage, tomatoes and green onions in large salad bowl.
4.  Cook bacon according to package instructions.
5.  Add cooled pasta, bacon and gorgonzola cheese to salad.
6.  Add dressing (to taste) before serving.  Toss & enjoy!

Makes a great side salad for a hungry 6 :).  Mmmmmm . . .

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  4. I love this one too. It definitely turns a drab salad to fab! Thanks for linking this one so all can know the wonders of this yummy salad!

  5. I’m gonna try this in the Philippines…cannot get the bacon nor the cheese (reasonably…although not sure about bacon altogether) hope it works and tastes as good as yours!

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  14. I’m a born and raised Chicago girl and love Portillo’s and their chopped salad!!! For sure add some chicken and cut into squares. We make a copy cat too and this is dead on. I’m not one to make dressing, though, so I buy the Marzetti Sweet Italian dressing from Jewel and it tastes the same.

  15. Sounds very good and very close to the actual recipe. The only thing missing from this recipe that would make it dead on is grilled chicken. Being from the Chicagoland area my thirty-something years on this earth, I think I know a thing or two about one of my favorite hot dog joints.

  16. I make this too! :D Although, I despise bacon (un-American, I know) so I grill up some chicken, chop it up and throw it in. And, I like it without any dressing… Saves on the calories! :) Thanks for sharing and reminding me of this! I’m going to make mine this week!

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  18. I work at portillos and there is way too much red cabbage, not enough tomatoes and the chicken is missing!!! But it look really delicious!!!!